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how often should you change your bra

How many bras do you own and actually wear? According to a study by the cleaning experts at Dr. Beckmann, the average woman owns approximately 15 bras. She also wears her bras seven times before washing them. This could mean one of two things – either she does laundry every three months or she wears the same one or two bras every day.

As a bra fitter, I’ve found that the latter is usually true. Most women wear the same bra every day without thinking anything of it. But wearing the same bra every day can have some unfortunate consequences. If you’re wearing the same bra every day, you might notice that you need to replace your bra more often than you should (the average bra should last you six months to one year with proper care and wear) or that your skin is breaking out where your bra normally sits.

So how often should you change your bra? Read on for the answer to this common question and more in our guide below.

Why you should never wear the same bra every day

1.  It shortens the lifespan of the bra

Wearing the same bra every day can shorten the lifespan of the bra by stretching out the elastic in the bra band and prevent it from going back to its original shape. High stretch fabrics are especially susceptible to losing their shape and stretching out, which is why we never recommend wearing the same bra too days in a row. Breaks between wears allow the bras to retain their shape and help your bras last longer than two or three months.

2.  It’s not hygienic

Your bras retain sweat, fragrance, oil, moisture, and dead skin cells until they’re washed. Because of this, wearing the same bra every day may lead to clogged pores and blemishes on your chest, back, and breasts. We recommend rotating your bras so you never wear the same bra two days in a row and washing your bras after 2-3 wears. Remember: the more you sweat, the more often you should wash your bras. Sports bras and bras that are worn during the summer months should be washed after every wear.

3.  It’s good to have a spare bra

When it comes to bras, it’s good to have ‘one to wash, one to wear, at least one spare.’ Three bras are a good starting number if you’re building your lingerie wardrobe. On the other hand, you might wear the same bra every day because it’s the only one that fits. If that sounds like you, it’s probably time for a bra fitting. A bra fitting can help you find bras that fit feel and feel amazing – and give you different bra options to wear throughout the week. You can get a bra fitting at a local lingerie boutique for free and a bra fitter will handpick bras for you to try on.

If spending $50-$70 on a bra isn’t an option at the moment, there are plenty of lingerie sales and deals that can help you save money on a new bra or two. Your local lingerie boutique will likely have a few bras under $50 and great deals can be found online too. Nordstrom Rack, Kohl’s, and HerRoom are good places to check out for bras on sale. As always, opt for the best quality you can afford. A $25 on-sale bra from a high-quality brand will likely last you much longer than an $8 or $10 bra.


Related: How To Save Money On Bras


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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!


Featured image lingerie:
Marion Unlined Wire Bra P5392 | Marion Hipster P5395 in Tango Red
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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