How often should one replace her bra?

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Bra or underwear shopping can actually be one daunting task. It’s something that most of us don’t like to do. It involves a lot of trying on, possibly a few tears, and internal debate about whether there actually is a bra out there to fit you. By the end, your sides might be chafed from hooking and turning so many bras. That’s why the thought of having to go bra shopping again be daunting.

 Sorry to say that you’re going to have to buy a new bra soon or later. Bras don’t last forever, just like the rest of our clothes. Of course, the big question is when do you have to buy a new one? Here’s the deal about how often you should replace your bras:

How often do you need to shop for bra?

If you’ve asked Google the question, you might be surprised with the answer. According to different experts we should be replacing our bras every six to eight months. Shocking, eh? In reality, how often you replace your bras will depend on a number of factors.

First of all, you need to consider how many bras you have. Some of the expert opinions are giving the advice that you should replace your bras every six months assuming that a woman has three to five bras. If you’ve got more than that, you can likely go for longer because you won’t be wearing the same bra over and over as much. That means it should last longer.

Another factor that will determine whether you need new bras is if your boobs have changed shape or size. If you’re going through puberty, your breasts will change a lot which will likely require you to make a few different bra shopping runs. What some people don’t realize is that boobs can keep growing until women are in their 20’s. What’s more, there are lots of factors that can impact the size of boobs from medication to exercising to weight gain or loss

Proper Bra Care

How you care for your bras in another factor which determines how often you need to replace them. If you’re slacking with looking after your bras, you should reconsider it because the better you take care of your bras, the longer they’ll last. That means more money in the bank for you. Try to hand wash them with a gentle soap formulated for lingerie. If you’re going to put them in the machine, make sure that you’re putting them in a wash bag and the hooks are done up. And do not put them in the dryer. The heat causes the elastic to break down making your bra stretch out.

Choosing a style that actually fits is key. It’s actually the band that is meant to provide the majority of the support —not the straps. When you put your bras away, don’t hang them from one elastic strap. Keep them in a drawer where they’re not twisted or folded in half because that can make the underwires pop out. Make sure you do the hooks up otherwise they could snag.

Don’t feel that you have to use the six to eight month tip as a rule. Think of it as a guideline. You might have bras that last double or triple that depending on the number of bras you have in your collection and how you take care of them.

The most important thing to do is think about how your current bras feel. Is your boob popping out the band? When you bend over, do your girls stay in the bra or do your nipples pop out? Are the straps constantly falling off your shoulders? If you’re nodding your head to any of these questions, then it sounds like it’s time to go bra shopping.

So ladies, ask yourselves, is it time for you to get a new bra? How often do you replace your bra?

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.