Finding the perfect bra that fits like a glove and makes you look good is like finding your one true love. But like tragic telenovelas, these relationships are not meant to last forever. An everyday bra, when well cared for, has an expiration date of 6-8 months, while the ones you save for special nights last for about two years. Here are signs to let you know it’s time to #LetGo.
1. It hurts. The right-fitting bra should never give you back pain or bad posture. Underwires provide great support, but when it’s no longer aligned, starts painfully digging into your flesh, and you find yourself endlessly readjusting to make it fit, then it’s a telltale sign you’re no longer compatible. You don’t need that drama in your life.
2. You’ve lost or gained a significant amount of weight. If you bought the bra when you were 15 lbs. heavier or lighter, then you’re not the same person you used to be. Tell your bra, “It’s not you, it’s me,” and then let it off easy.
3. It lost elasticity. Just like bacon briefs, a bra band that’s overly stretched out is not only unsightly, but no longer gives your boobs proper support. Rule of thumb: a brand new bra must fit snugly on the very first set of hooks. The longer you have the bra, the looser it gets and you adjust to the next set of hooks. When you’ve reached the last set of hooks and it’s still loose fitting, then it’s time to throw it out.
4. You’re pouring out. Sure, extra cleavage looks sexy, but when boob flesh is spilling all over the place—the top, sides, and underneath the bra—that means you need a bigger size that supports you better.
5. It’s uncomfortable. Breast size constantly changes throughout your life, so you should have it measured twice a year for safety. If your bra rides up at the back, the center is pulling away instead of laying flat against your chest, or the straps keep slipping off no matter how much you adjust them, then it’s time to admit, “It just doesn’t feel right!” and go with your gut.
6. You can’t even remember the last time you wore it because it’s really not your style or it’s one of those specialty bras you thought you’d use someday, but never really did. Just like clothes you bought on a whim and never used, it’s time to give it away!
7. It’s falling apart. How long have you had your favorite bra, anyway? If it’s starting to lose its original shape, the padding or cup is rumpled, the fabric is frayed, or you find unsightly holes, then it’s no longer worth saving. Let it go, CGs. Your boobs deserve better.