It’s a difficult truth to accept, but even your favourite, feel-good, confidence-booster bra must one day be put to rest. Where do pretty, dependable bras go after they have lived out the duration of their shelf life? Bra-heaven, of course. Or maybe not.
The point is that as comfortable and sexy some of the bras in your cupboard may be, a lot of them could already be way past their expiration date. And that, believe it or not, is a health concern.
On an average, bras that are older than a year must be removed from your closet. If you have put on or lost anything more than four kilos in the last year, it may be time for a fresh fitting. As your body changes, your bras must too.
If you see any of these symptoms, it’s a sign that your bra needs to retire:
The Straps Keep Falling Off
We have all experienced this. You’re at a meeting and you feel one of your bra straps escape off your shoulder. It’s embarrassing to have to rescue the strap through your clothing. What’s worse, however, is when you don’t notice and the recluse strap peeks out from under your half sleeve shirt.
You can adjust those straps all you want. But at some point you’ll have to face the truth and add new items to the cart.
You’re Spilling Over
It is normal to change sizes as many as three times a year. If you have gained weight, you’re probably wearing a bra that’s too small for you and that means you’re going to face spillage! You need to be aware of spill over or bulges over the cups or the wings. When you do notice your assets struggling to contain themselves in old cups, it could be time to put that trusty old bra to rest.
You’re On Your Last Hook
So, you’ve gone through all the hook adjustments but you can’t find that happy fit? That could be your bra’s way of telling you that it’s tired. Wearing a bra that is too loose, defeats the purpose. Similarly, wearing one that is too tight can cause problems with blood flow and pose other health risks. We recommend a large dose of shopping.
The Underwire Is Poking You
The trusted underwire is there to serve you not stab you. If the wire has escaped its seams, you don’t need another sign to put away that bra. It has served you well and now it is time to give it a rest!
The Elastic Doesn’t Bounce Back
Experts suggest that one shouldn’t wear the same bra two days in a row. The period of rest allows the elastic to bounce back increasing the longevity of the garment. Follow a rotational schedule to ensure optimal use of all your bras! But even brave soldiers must someday hang in their sword. If the elastic is warped, it’s time to retire the brave-heart.
Now that you know which bras in your drawer need to be thrown out, it’s time to look for their replacement.