How often should you renew your bras?

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1948 Triumph Seamless Bra with Convertible Straps with Racer-Back Attachment

1948 Triumph Seamless Bra with Convertible Straps with Racer-Back Attachment

Welcome back!  In impatient anticipation for nicer weather, Spring cleaning is already underway in my closet and dresser, as I sort out my bulky winter clothes and warm fleecy PJs  from my warm-weather nightgowns and comfy pants.  More importantly, I’ve gone through my lingerie drawers to clear out anything that had been washed and worn to its fullest extent or no longer fit.  Sadly, this included one of my old favorites (emphasis on “old”) that I’d meant to get rid of last year but never could bring myself to abandon.  Yes, sometimes the best thing to do is to say good-bye and start fresh!  I always get the same questions from my friends and customers: how often should you replace your bras?  Here are a few tips and guidelines for knowing when and how to renew your lingerie.

How often should I get fitted for bras? In the years I’ve spent bra fitting, I can safely say a woman should get fitted for a bra at least twice a year (every six months).  During this time, it’s important to try on ALL of your bras to make sure each one of them fit.  Anything that is uncomfortable, feels like it is not supporting you or has been overly washed or stretched should be tossed in the garbage.

Why should I get my bra size checked twice a year? Weight fluctuations from hormones, holidays (e.g. extra portions), weather (Winter=hibernation time), exercise, nutrition, age, lifestyle change (e.g. having a baby, getting a promotion) all contribute to your ever-changing body.  Your breasts may not only change size, but they may change in shape, too. This could mean you’re not getting what you need from your bra – support for all-day comfort (and obviously to prevent your breasts from sagging in the future), and the right shape or style of bra that will be best for your body.

22504145 Seamless Dominique Bra by Change of Scandinavia, available from 30-40 D, DD, E, F, G, H!

22504145 Seamless Dominique Bra by Change of Scandinavia, available from 30-40 D, DD, E, F, G, H!

What kinds of bras are most important for me to renew?  Every day basics, like seamless bras in classic beige, white or black that you can wear under any top, or any comfy bra you know you can wear with a variety of your tops and dresses.  Versatility is key. I love convertible bras that give me the option of crossing my straps or wearing it halter-neck, so I can take it anywhere with me and wear it any time.  I would also look for something that has seamless or nearly seamless bra cups so you can wear it under almost anything, anywhere.  These are the MOST important since you wear them often, and should wash them (hand wash, please!) every 2-3 wears. Sports bras, since they must be washed after every wear, should also be replaced if you do ANY kind of exercise.  I have three sports bras because if I may not have time to wash it right away after exercising, at least I have no excuse to NOT do my workout since I have a choice of other sports bras to wear the next time!


5620 Max Support Sports Bra by Naturana, available from 34B to 42DD

5620 Max Support Sports Bra by Naturana, available from 34B to 42DD

What should I look for when I try on my old bras? Check out some of my other blogs about common bra fitting problems (listed below) to make sure you are wearing the right bra for you… but nothing compares to a free consult with me, your Bra Doctor, if you’re experiencing any bra discomfort and are unsure of the cause or source.

Common Bra Fitting Problems & Solutions

Common Bra Fitting Problems & Solutions Part 2: The Back Band

Common Bra Fitting Problems & Solutions Part 3: The Straps

E-mail me at with your questions anytime, and please leave me your comments below!

See you next time for more bra fitting tips!

Bra Doctor


  1. Emma

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    awesome post!

  2. admin

    April 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks, Emma! :)

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  4. Gloria Zeiders

    June 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thank you so much for the information . Great to know the facts.

  5. Alejandra

    June 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    How often change bra every day every two wears!

  6. admin

    July 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Hi Alejandra, you’re right that women should change their bras after every few wears, to keep the elastics from stretching out too much and also for hygienic reasons. But for renewing bras, it’s important to check your bra size every six months or so and make sure the bras you do have are actually still fitting you.

  7. Meenakshi

    November 9, 2013 at 8:24 am

    If not changing the bra twice a year cause any type of disease, like cancer or so?

  8. admin

    January 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Meenakshi,

    Not that I am aware of, and I doubt it (as long as you’re washing it, you’ll be fine!). But it’s much better so you can get the optimum support and performance from your bra!

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