Taking care of your bras can make a big difference in how long they last. You don’t have to spend hours looking after them and hand washing them, you can simply just make a few small changes in how you care for them. Here are the best things you can do to make your bra last longer.
It is best to try and hand wash your bras as and when you can, but if you do choose to wash them in the washing machine you should always make sure the clasps are hooked up. This helps to prevent them from getting caught up with other items of clothing, it is advised to use a lingerie bag to place everything in. You also need to make sure you have your washing machine at a mid-temperature, along with using a gentle laundry detergent. Another tip is to make sure that you are washing your bras after two to three wearings, this is to ensure that you are getting rid of any sweat or nasty oils produced from your body.
You should always hang dry your bras, never put them in the dryer. The heat kills and breaks down the elastic in the bra, as well as melting any wiring, this will result in a misshapen bra. When drying your bras on a drying rack you should not hang them by the straps, as the weight of the water can stretch your bras out. To avoid this after washing, you need to reshape the cups by hanging them by the band instead of the straps.
If you find yourself wearing the same bra every day, you should probably think about going shopping. Many people are guilty of wearing the same beloved bra, but you should never wear the same bra more than two days in a row. This is due to the fact that the elastic needs time to get back into shape, as your bras tend to lose shape if they don’t have time to breathe. Keeping a few different bras in the rotation will give your bras time to rest and regain shape. This is essential to preserve your bras and the elastic within them, so that the performance of your bra can stay at a good standard.
If you look after your bras and keep good care of them, this will determine how long they’ll last. However, there are always warning signs when you should get rid of and buy new ones. Signs that you need to replace your bras are:
- You find it is chafing you
- The colours have faded
- The straps are stretched out
- You find that the bra is riding up
If you find yourself saying yes to any of these things, then it’s time to replace them.
If you are struggling to find the right bra for you then we suggest shopping at a trusted retailer like Bras & Honey who has a wide range of bras to choose from, for every different body type. Whether you are looking for a new everyday bra, sports bra or even shapewear Bras & Honey are here to provide you with high-quality bras made for everyone as well as easy to follow measuring guides and even virtual fittings.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.