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When should you replace your bra?

Plus size lingerie

I am 100% guilty of wearing my bras past their due date. I get it, you find the perfect bra and you fall in love with how comfortable it is and you don't want to give it up. I absolutely get it, but there comes a time where it is time to say goodbye and throw it out.

Did you know that the average bra is designed to last 6 months? This is with regular wear. Sounds like a short life span, especially when I generally wear my bras for a longer period than 6 months.

It is especially important for plus size bras to be replaced when needed as bras are designed to give support - if you outwear your bra, you are ultimately reducing the support you are getting which can cause to back, neck and shoulder pain.

Here are a few ways to know that it is time to replace your bra:

  • The elastic becomes so stretched that it doesn't stay tight on your shoulders or across your back anymore.

  • The underwire is poking into your boob and stabbing you all day - or you have completely taken the underwire out.

  • There are holes or stains on the bra.

  • Your size has changed and it does not fit any more. Any weight gain or loss can change your bra size which means it is time to go bra shopping!

  • If any of your hooks or clips are broken on your bra.

  • It is simply not comfortable any more. If your bra is no longer comfortable on your shoulders, back or bust than then it is definitely time to replace your bra.

  • They don't have the same shape any more. If you notice a gap in your bra when you stand up, this could mean the elastic has stretched out or you have lost weight - either way, your cup should sit flat against your chest.

  • They don't hold up your bust as they should. Your bra needs to offer you support, as mentioned, this is especially important for plus size bras. Without support, you may as well not be wearing one.


Bras By S is an Australian Lingerie Boutique, offering sizes 6-30 with more than 500+ styles available in plus size.

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