When to Replace Your Bra

bra-362805_640Bra takes a significant spot in a woman’s life. Bra gives a woman an amazing shape and a stunning silhouette to take on the world. Often, we’ll wear a favorite one more than others, simply because we feel good with it. But, do you know that the bra has an expiration date? Analogy wise, it’s like food, bra is not a garment that will last for forever. The average life of a bra is about 6-12 months (or after 145 to 160 wears). However, if you have been hand washing the bra, the bra can probably last longer.

Below are a few tips and guidelines to know when it’s time to replace your bra.

1. Bra looks old and is at least 2 years old.

After 2 or 3 years of use, consider changing it even it looks new. The elasticity loses its strength and the support to the breasts is not as before, leaving your breasts hanging – literally.

2. Loose bra band

A lot thought that it’s the straps which keep your breasts up. In actual fact, it’s actually the bra band that does the majority of the heavy lifting. If you’ve been wearing your bra on the tightest hook for more than two months and/or the bra band is too loose, it’s time to replace it.

3. Straps are not tight and elastic

If you can tighten your straps any further and they keep sliding off your shoulders, it’s time to send this bra to retirement as the straps are likely stretched out.

4. Underwire has popped out

If you wear a wired bra, you may be tempted to simply shove the underwire back in, but experts say this is a sign of a bigger structural problem. Once the integrity of the casing is broken, the bra doesn’t work the same. Get a new bra.

5. There’s an obvious gap in your bra cup

If you’re standing up straight and you notice that there’s a gap in the cup. It’s either stretched out which likely to happen with lace bras particularly or you’ve lost weight and need a different cup size. The cup should lie flat against your breast.

6. When the elastic in the back band has ripples

If you see a wavy or ripple pattern on the back band of your bra, it’s confirmed that the elasticity has lost its strength. Waive goodbye to your bra. If you continue to wear it,  your breasts are not going to receive the correct amount of support and cause your breasts to sag.

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