- There is no steadfast rule about how long you’re supposed to keep your bra
- But one expert says you should throw them out every six to eight months
- As for your underwear, they shouldn’t be kept for any longer than a year at a time
- Look for wires poking out and loose straps as a measure of when to throw them
Most women have a never ending rotation of bras and underwear that they very rarely part with.
But instead of waiting for holes to appear at the seams, or your favourite lacey white number to become discoloured, experts recommend parting with your bra between six and eight months.
As for your underwear you should be replacing them every year, or when they become too uncomfortable against your skin.
Experts recommend parting with your bra at the eight month mark
But before you reach those timely milestones, your undergarments might be ready to let go, and Josephine Manisbalco from Nocturnal Lingerie spoke to FEMAIL about how to identify the signs.
‘A lot of women don’t really comprehend when it’s time to change them. They come to me and say their breasts have stretched so much but can’t figure out why,’ she explained.
She admits that if you’re putting your bra on the last hook it’s time to get another one.
She admits that if you’re putting your bra on the last hook it’s time to get another one
Why do you need to keep throwing away your lingerie?
Washing machines cause the padding in bras to lose their shape so after six-eight months the undergarments will begin to feel loose and lose their slack.
However, washing your bras in cold water can help the elastic last longer – as can rotating a number of bras at once.
Experts recommend washing your underwear after every use – including your bras, to reduce the spread of bacteria. Not doing so, can result in yeast infections.
‘It’s very important for women with larger breasts in particular. So we fit up to a K cup, and a lot of people don’t know this but you get the most support out of a bra from the back – not from the cup.
‘The back carries all the weight so that’s why you need to be mindful about what hook you’re on.
‘The looser the back the less your breast will be supported and the more your breast tissue will begin to sag,’ she said.
The walls of our bra are elasticised and these are important to monitor as well.
‘Once that starts to ripple and give you know your bra isn’t going to carry the weight of your breast,’ she said.
In terms of the bra strap itself, once the adjustment is at its tightest it’s no longer working.
To take proper care of your lingerie, Josephine recommends the ‘three bra’ rule – where a woman should have one in the wash, one in her drawer and one on her at all times
To take proper care of your lingerie, Josephine recommends the ‘three bra’ rule – where a woman should have one in the wash, one in her drawer and one on her at all times.
This should mean you’ll get six to eight months out of your underwear.
‘If you only have two, that’s fine, but they’ll likely last no more than six months.’
When to throw out your underwear
Kalina from Brava Lingerie spoke to FEMAIL about when it’s time to let go
• When the bra gets old/is worn out the band will be on the tightest adjustment on the back band but will feel loose/start riding up your back and slipping
• The straps will slip from your shoulders if the band has stretched and is too loose
• If your bra has stretch lace occasionally that will start to become loose if the bra is quite old as it loses elasticity
• Any movement in the band that you can’t tighten is an indication you need to get a new bra. The band should be your anchor point and you need to have that fitting nice and firm to keep the wires in place and to stop the bra riding up your back
• No adjustment left in shoulder straps
• General discolouring/wear through fabric of bra