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When Should You Replace Your Bras

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t treat myself to new lingerie as often as I should. When my schedule gets busy, the quality of my lingerie slips to the back of my mind. But wearing new intimates is exciting, and I forget how fresh lingerie makes me feel. I feel confident knowing I have pretty, like-new pieces on under my clothes. And, I feel good when I shed my clothes at the end of the day, seeing those pretty little numbers. Do you and your confidence a favor, and don’t let buying new lingerie slip off your priority list.

Wondering how often you should replace your bras? Here are four signs you need new bras and panties: 

1.  Your lingerie doesn’t make you feel sexy anymore.

Your lingerie should make you feel sexy and confident. Over a period of time, your personal style can change, altering the lingerie style that makes you feel most sexy. And, if your items are worn-out, they certainly aren’t going to boost your confidence. So, if your lingerie doesn’t make you raise a brow when you put it on, maybe it’s time to try something new.

2.  Nothing fits well.

When your bras and panties no longer fit you well, it’s time to go shopping. Maybe your bra straps slip down, you have to hook your bra on the tightest clasp or you have a gap between your breast and your cup. Or, perhaps your panties just don’t hug your body as they did before. As our weight fluctuates, our sizes can too. (Seriously. I lost 8 pounds and the bra fitting specialist told me it was enough to change my bra size.) It’s a good idea to get a professional bra fitting anytime you’re bra shopping. And when you buy new bras due to a size change, donate bras that are gently used so they can go to good use.

Related: Is Your Bra Too Small?

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3.  Your items have embarrassing stains.

It’s inevitable – your bras and panties are going to get some stains. After all, we do live in these items. But, those stains can be embarrassing. Even if no one else can see them, you do – and those stains don’t help your confidence. Whether it’s a sweat stain on your bra or traces of your cycle on your panties – replace an item if a stain can’t be washed out.

4.  There are signs of wear and tear.

Even the best quality of lingerie will show signs of wear and tear eventually. The items can get snagged in your lingerie drawer, lose elasticity overtime or begin to tear from frequent wears and washes. If a piece of lingerie is looking tired, it’s time to retire it.

Lingerie doesn’t only serve the purpose of lifting and tucking in. The right lingerie can be a complete confidence booster. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your body and makes you feel fabulous. If you’re unsure of where to shop for bras, try using this tool to find out where to buy bras in your area.

Related: The 7 Golden Rules of Lingerie Shopping

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, 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

Lauren Hamilton is the founder of, a lifestyle and relationship blog offering relationship advice and encouraging women to be the happiest, most confident version of themselves through positivity and self-love. She's also a freelance writer and communications strategist. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, and check out some of her accomplishments on her portfolio.

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