You may seem surprised at how a lot of women actually don’t know that they should be replacing their bras until…they think that it is time for a new bra or there are sales at their favourite lingerie shop! You probably need to get new ones sooner than you think. Here’s why:
1. The Number Of Bras You Have
The number of bras you have in your drawers decide how often you wear each bra. For instance, if you only have three bras and you rotate between them all year long, pretty sure they will wear out in no time and you will have to change them every few months (surely this will increase your cost!)
In contrast, if you have about ten bras and you take turns to wear each one of them throughout the year, this will certainly cut down the damage on each bra, and they will last longer. In short, the more bras you have, the longer each of the bras will last.
2. Your Cup Size
Your cup size doesn’t sound like a factor which would ultimately decide the fate of your bras, but they surprisingly do. Bras had one job to do — and it is to support your breasts. To give an example, an A cup bra won’t have to support more than a F cup bra because the breasts of an A cup woman have less weight, hence, the bra won’t have to support as much as a F cup does. So if your bras are functioning efficiently and you feel comfortable in them, it makes sense that you will need to replace them sooner because they are doing their job!
3. Are you Breastfeeding / Nursing?
Newborn mothers are the real heroes because they have a lot of challenges to deal with, and one of them is the changes to their bodies. Moms who are welcoming a new baby are going to have to replace their bras more often because your breasts will grow bigger due to hormonal changes. Furthermore, moms who need to breastfeed their baby have heavier breast tissues because they are full of milk, so it will make the bras work harder to support them, not to mention that the constant pulling up and down to feed will cause more wear and tear than a person who is not nursing kids.
This is of course, a very obvious factor. Just like clothes and any other tools in the world, the materials bras are made up of deciding how long they will last. A bra that does not have good sewing lines and poor sealing of the wires and pads would not make them last long. Similarly a bra band which has low elasticity will not last you a couple of months for sure, we doubt that you will even feel comfortable in them.
It is also important to keep in mind that a higher price does not guarantee a better quality, so always try to learn more about how bras are made so you equip yourself with the knowledge to choose a good bra for yourself.
5. The Way You Wash Your Bras
The way you handle and care for your bras, is a good way to know if they will stay with you long. You may not know, but washing your bras in the washing machine is like “murdering” your bras! Using detergent that contains alcohol will dry out your elastic band and make them wear out faster. Therefore, it is always recommended to hand wash your bras with mild detergent or lingerie detergent so they will last longer.
6. Body Weight Fluctuation
This is something that women can’t control all the time. We will go through weight fluctuations throughout our growth, we gained weight when there’s too much good food on the table to reject; we lost weight sometimes due to stressful period or we are training for that summer body, and some maybe going through menopause or even having a baby in the tummy! So, always have a check on your bras whether they still fit your current body or not, and it is important to do so because you want to make sure that you’re comfortable in your own skin.
“Then how frequently should I change my bras?” you may ask. Well, the truth is, we don’t have an exact answer of when you should stop wearing your old bras. You can ask us through our Facebook or Twitter DMs if you are not sure!