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worn out bra

A bra that’s worn out can become uncomfortable and unflattering. But you don’t just feel that the bra is old. Your bra will show physical signs that it’s worn out.

If your bras have any of the following symptoms, it’s time to get a bra fitting and buy new.

1.  The underwire is exposed.

Exposed underwire may be painful and annoying, but it’s also a sign that your bra is tired and worn-out. Underwire should not pop out of the bra’s fabric because it’s designed to fit perfectly under the bra cups to provide support.

2.  The elastic is showing.

Exposed elastic is another symptom of a worn-out bra. The exposed elastic may seem harmless. After all, it’s still doing its job, right? Wrong. If the elastic is showing, it’s getting more exposed to sweat and body oils, which can damage the elastic and stretch it out. Exposed elastic usually means you also have a stretched band.

3.  The band is stretched.

A stretched band is expected, which is why bra bands are designed with multiple clasps. As the bra stretches, you can fasten the hooks on tighter clasps to give you that like-new, snug fit.

However, keep in mind that needing to use a tighter clasp is a sign that your bra is, indeed, getting worn-out. If you’re using the tightest clasp, you likely need to consider fitting a bra shopping trip into the near future.

The band of the bra provides the most support. When it’s snug, it helps to keep all other parts of the bra in place. And when it loosens, it can begin to ride up on your back, putting more pressure on your straps and shoulders.

4.  The straps fall off your shoulders.

You can try tightening the bra straps if they fall off your shoulders. You also want to be careful about tightening straps that stretched. However, if you fasten them too tight, the strap may pop. You can also create a gap in your cups when you tighten them too much. If tightening the straps leads to more issues, or if the straps continue to fall off your shoulders, they’re likely stretched and old.

5.  The clasps are broken.

Broken bra clasps are another sign that your bra is worn-out. Don’t be tempted to sew them back on. The clasps are what hold your bra together, and if they don’t function properly, you need to get rid of the bra.

6.  The cups are flimsy.

Have you noticed the cups of your bra are no longer shaped like they once were? A worn-out bra may have cups may feel flimsy and look shapeless. The foam padding in your cups can wear out and lose its shape overtime. The cups can also become stretched and gape open.

7.  It doesn’t provide the support it once did.

When you first bought the bra, it fit snugly and gave you the support, confidence and comfort you needed. However, a worn-out bra won’t be able to do this. If you don’t feel like you’re getting the original support you wanted, it could be because your bra is old.

Always get a bra fitting before shopping for new bras. A bra fitting ensures you know your true bra size so you can find a perfect fitting bra.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Lauren Hamilton

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