It’s easy to feel attached to personal items—letters from a loved one, photos from our childhood, worn stuffed animals, even our bras. As our most intimate companions, they’ve been through a lot and might have seen better days (hello, high school).
To extend the lifetime of your bras, follow these easy steps to caring your lingerie. But as loving as we might be to our bras, wear and tear is normal. Here are the 5 signs that it’s time to breakup with your current bras and make room for something new:
1. Slipping Straps: Bra straps that fall down on the first try-on can be a telltale sign of an ill-fitting bra, but if you experience this problem after months or years or use, it’s time to move on to better support. Elastic is a resilient material, but even it reaches its breaking point.
2. Fraying At The Edges: If the fabric of your bra cups and band has begun to fray and tear, known that it has served you well and is ready for retirement. Fragile and torn bra fabric will only give way to further breakdown.
3. Live Wires: Exposed underwire is not only uncomfortable; it’s a sign that the fabric has seen better days. Without the proper support of secure underwire and sturdy fabric, your bra can’t offer you the amount of support that you need.
4. On the Hook: A properly fitting bra should be worn on the loosest hook to allow you to tighten the elasticity of your band over time. If you’ve been consistently turning to the tightest hook for support, it’s time to give the bra a rest—once worn out, the elasticity won’t snap back to give you the same fit as a new bra.
5. Torn Apart: Whether it’s general wear and tear or the result of a less than gentle wash cycles, bra hooks can be ripped out altogether. Strapping your bra to the proper hooks is the bra’s lifeline to deliver the balanced support you need.