Buying bras can be one of the most frustrating and anxiety-producing types of shopping out there.
It’s no wonder that so many women avoid it at all costs… for a bit too long, in many cases.
A favorite bra is kind of like a security blanket: It supports you, it makes you feel comfortable, and it gives you confidence. Unfortunately, also much like a security blanket, we must sometimes part ways with our favorite bras.
Bras are not built to last forever. They are made out of soft fabrics as to be versatile and comfortable, which means that they will deteriorate over time.
This list will help you come to terms with the fact that it’s probably time to get rid of some of your bras and invest in new ones. I know for a fact that I have multiple bras in my own dresser drawers that, according to this list, belong in the trash.
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1. You Can't Remember When You Bought It
If you can’t remember when you bought a bra or where you bought it from, it’s a pretty good sign that it’s time to toss it. Out with the indeterminately old and in with the new!
2. The Elastic Is Shot
If you start to hear that dreaded elastic crunching noise when you put on your bra, then it’s no longer doing you any good. If the elastic gives out like that, then you’re not getting any support at all, and you’re basically just wearing a weird half-shirt under your actual clothes.
3. The Cups Are Lumpy
If the bra has padded cups and those cups are lumpy, you’ve got to toss that baby away! There’s no use in having lumpy padding… it will only make you look lumpy!
4. You're Getting Stabbed By It
I know you think that you can just push that wire back in there, but it’s just going to keep sticking out and poking you in the side. If it’s brand-new and you’re getting poked, you can try to patch it up or even return it. However, if the wire is poking through from extended wear, just toss that puppy in the trash.
5. The Straps No Longer Adjust To The Right Length
Yes, many bra straps are adjustable. However, there comes a point in every bra’s life where the straps become so stretched out that you can no longer pull them tight enough. Aside from the fact that you’re no longer getting proper support, your bra is just far too old, meaning it’s time for a new one.
6. It's Starting To Look Like Swiss Cheese
I know, I know. We get attached to pieces of clothing, but if a bra is full of holes, it’s time to find a new favorite bra. Trust me, it’s out there, you just have to clear out the space in your dresser by tossing away those rags you are currently calling bras, especially if the holes are from a certain little fur baby getting to it!
7. It Shrunk
Shrinkage happens, especially if you like to wear soft cotton bras. If you suspect your bra might have shrunk, then it’s a pretty good indication that you’ve had it for too long. Plus, who wants to wear a bra that’s too small? Not me!
8. You Shrunk (Or Grew)
Our bodies are constantly changing, even from day to day. Over time, we can grow or shrink a bit, and that’s totally fine! Don’t get down on yourself if your bra no longer fits, but do get rid of it. No need to keep a bra that’s old enough to belong to a differently sized you, unless you think you’ll be returning to that size quickly.
9. The Tightest Hook No Longer Keeps You In Place
Believe it or not, you are supposed to buy your bra so it fits on the loosest hook. That’s because a bra will inevitably stretch over time, and you’re supposed to migrate across the hooks over that lifetime until you’ve reached the tightest one. Once that hook setting starts to feel loose, then it’s bye bye bra.
10. It's Uncomfortable
The bottom line is this: if your bra is uncomfortable, it’s no longer doing its job. Maybe the tag has frayed over time and it’s bothering you. Maybe the fabric is pilling and is irritating your skin. Maybe the stitching has snapped and warped the shape or stretch of your bra. Regardless, if you are no longer comfortable wearing your bra, even if you can’t directly identify the problem, then it’s time to get a new one.
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