Let’s be honest, we all have that one or two bras that we find so comfortable that we wish to wear them forever. It’s easy to forget that we need to change a new bra when we are so tempted to wear our favourite ones over and over again.
Unfortunately, bras, just like everything else, have a limited shelf life and an expiration date, according to Lyn Lewis, the CEO of luxury lingerie company Journelle. With this article, we are going to dive deep into the rationale behind why we need to replace our bras, and how often we should replace them. Read on to find out!
Why Can’t We Wear The Same Bra Forever?
Yes, you can wear the same bra forever, technically, as long as the band does not break into two, but a stretched out bra won’t make you feel as comfortable once it loses shape, and it won’t be able to provide you sufficient support.
“Before I started working at Journelle, I would be constantly tugging at my bra and pulling at straps that were falling down, and this is what a lot of women do, and they don’t even realize they’re doing it,” she added.
How Long Should We Wear Your Bra?
According to experts, the answer is it highly depends on how often it is worn, although it is recommended that you replace your bra every six months to a year. Even high quality bras will wear out and eventually need to be replaced. The cups will change shape after frequent wash, the elastic band will also be stretched out. Iris Clarke, from Iris Lingerie in Brooklyn, New York told Huffpost that if you’re wearing the same bra nearly every day, then you should not expect it to last longer than a month.
She then emphasized that many women might have a few of their favourite bras that they will wear in rotation, and if you only have two bras that you switch between, you pretty much will need to have them replaced after six months.
“If you’re like me and you have an insane lingerie drawer because you’re obsessed at this point, and you only wear a given bra ― maybe a special piece ― once a month, it will last you a really long time.” So basically, if you have more bras that you wear in rotation, each of them are gonna last longer.
Linda “the Bra Lady” Becker who is an expert bra fitter in New York City, had the same answer when asked about “How long do bras really last?” It depends. According to her, there are a lot of factors that go into how long a bra would last on a person: the number of bras, quality, cup size and your washing method, but her typical answer would be six to up to a year after taking those factors into consideration. (Read more about: 6 Things That Affect A Bra’s Lifespan)
Conclusion: In general, a good quality bra that combines with good handling and care method, together with a rotation of two or three of other bras in your wardrobe should last you between six months to a year until you need to get new ones.
Like the famous saying, nothing lasts forever. Even if your undergarments are made of the highest grade of material — it’s just a matter of time when it degrades and you need to shop for a new one. What’s important to remember is that