Bras are the invisible part of our wardrobe. We throw them on under our shirts and dresses and tend not to think about them, unless they get uncomfortable or we’ve got a big “date night” coming up. Realistically, though, we should be looking at our bra wardrobe more often. Most of us have at least a few bras in our rotation that need to be replaced, while some people may need an entirely fresh start for their bra selection. Use the shift to fall weather, the putting away of your summer clothes and the change in your wardrobe as an excuse to review your bra wardrobe, and do some fall sprucing-up!
How Often Should You Replace Your Bras?
Maria’s Column has a great article about how often you should replace your bras, so check it out! To summarize the main points, the frequency with which you need to replace bras depends on the quality of the bra and how often you wear and wash it. Higher-quality bras last longer, so you can replace them less frequently.
Bras that you wear more often stretch and may show signs of wear, and need to be replaced. Likewise, bras that are washed often wear faster and should be replaced when they stretch or start to degrade. Bras that you wear and wash often may need to be replaced as often as every six months (or less if they’re not high-quality!) while bras that you don’t wear often may last for one to three years.
If the underwire is poking through, replace the bra!
How to Tell a Bra Needs to Be Replaced
A quick inspection can tell you whether it’s time to replace a bra. One of the most common bra issues is stretching. Some bra experts suggest buying a bra that fits properly on the loosest hook-and-eye setting, so you can use the tighter settings as it stretches and prolong the life of your bra. If your bra has stretched, though, and is no longer providing the support you need, it’s time to replace it.
Some bras stretch right around the hook and eye, or start to come apart in the band; it’s time to replace those. If your bra has an underwire, and the underwire breaks, it’s time to replace it. Likewise, if the underwire is protruding from the band and poking you, replace it! Finally, if your bra straps are getting thin, ratty and worn, it’s time to replace the bra.
Check Your Measurements Every Six Months
One important consideration that many women overlook is bra fit. Realistically, 80 percent of you should be switching your bras because 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size! As a general rule, though, once you’re wearing the right size, you should check your measurements every six months or so for changes. Additionally, if you gain or loose a significant amount of weight, or become pregnant or give birth, you should check your measurements and consider switching to a different bra size and/or style. If you haven’t undergone significant body changes, you probably won’t need to replace your bras when you check your measurements, but it’s still a good idea to check.