Three Tips For Making Bras Last Longer

Bras are probably the most expensive and necessary piece of underclothing you will ever own, and taking good care of them will help them last longer and ensure you get your money's worth. Here are three things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your brassieres.

Get Properly Fitted and Buy High Quality

One of the best things you can do to make your bras last longer is make sure you get the right size. In addition to being uncomfortable, an ill-fitting bra wears out faster because the tension from the constant stretching and pulling causes the fabric and seams to deteriorate at a quicker rate. Thus, don't just guess at your bra size. Seek out a professional who can measure you and provide you with the exact size bra you need.

Additionally, bras are an investment. Although you can find good deals on them, many times they will be made from cheap, flimsy materials that fall apart after the first or second washing. Instead, for your everyday bras, get ones made from sturdy materials such as polyester, nylon, and spandex. Save the lacy stuff for special occasions.

Wash in Cold Water on Gentle Cycle

Unlike underwear, bras can be worn a few times before they need to be washed. This is particularly true if your breasts are large or droop significantly because you're more likely to sweat under your boobs. However, you don't want to simply throw your bras in the washing machine with the rest of your clothing because that's just asking for trouble.

It's best to hand wash your bras using a gentle cleanser such as Woolite. However, not everyone has that kind of time and energy. Thus, you can put your bras in the washing machine. Just be sure to set it on the gentle cycle, as the regular cycle will be too rough on them. You also want to use cold water, because warm and hot water can cause some bras to shrink as well as cause the elastic to break down quicker. If possible, place the bras in a mesh bag to prevent them from being pulled out of shape by the clasps snagging on other clothing or the straps wrapping around the wash drum.

Lastly, avoid putting your bras in the dryer. As noted previously, heat will cause the elastic to deteriorate even more rapidly. Additionally, the roughness of a tumble dryer can cause the bras to become misshapen, particularly if they have underwire in them. Instead, lay the bras on a flat surface covered with a towel to dry.

Wear at Appropriate Times

Lastly, wear the right bra at the right time. Don't work out in your regular bras. Not only will they not provide the support you need, but the constant bouncing and extra moisture may cause them to stretch out and become distorted after a while. Instead, use a sports bra designed for your bust size.

Another thing you should do is purchase multiple bras and rotate wearing them so you avoid using the same bra two days in a row. This lets the bras breathe and dry out and gives them the opportunity to return to their natural shape. If you have a bra that you love wearing because it's so comfortable, purchase more than one. Remember, your daily bras are the workhorses of your lingerie drawer, so invest in some that you love and are supportive and comfortable.

It's a good idea to replace your bras when you lose or gain some weight, get pregnant and give birth, or change your exercise routine, as these things will affect your bust size. For more tips on taking care of your bras or help selecting the right ones for you, contact a local retailer that sells quality lingerie.