Author: Alina Gizatullina
The laundry drawer is full, but there is nothing to wear? Constantly postponing the revision of a pile of bras "for later"? Below is a simple guide to action that will allow you to make a firm decision what you need to part with, and what else can serve you.
So, you need to part with your bra if …
1. You wear it regularly for more than a year and a half
This is a clear sign that it is time to throw it in the trash, because even the highest quality elastane does not last that long. The fibers of the belt are permanently stretched and the bra loses its support. If your bra is already a year, a year and a half or more, and you still wear it and think that it is "like new", then perhaps you originally bought it too loose at the waist, so you do not feel a loss of support.
I remind you: The new bra should fit snugly and you should only be able to fit four fingers between it and your back. Most often, this ratio is achieved when the volume of the bra on the tab (for example, 75C) is 10 units less than the actual girth under the bust (thus, a bra with the volume of 75 on the tab will suit a young lady with 85 cm under the bust in girth.) Why is this so, I wrote here).
The larger your breast size, the more the bra will wear out, because the material has to overcome more resistance. Therefore, for those with large breasts, the evaluation milestone is the year. Provided that you wear your bra regularly, at least 2 times a week.
2. You have changed in weight by more than 3-5 kilograms, or have passed pregnancy / breastfeeding
Hormonal changes and weight changes are reflected in the shape and firmness of the breasts. Women who come to me after pregnancy and breastfeeding complain that “it was easy to pick up underwear before,” but now “my breasts do not fill the cup, as if they were deflated, and I can’t wear anything”. As well as women who have lost weight or gained weight - all these are problems of the same order.
Small negative weight changes can help adapt the straps or belt resource, provided you were wearing the correct size prior to losing weight. Therefore, do not be afraid to choose underwear in anticipation of losing weight - you want to keep your breasts, and you need good support. Just choose a denser standard underwear because you are planning to lose weight. Sometimes, when the client is somewhere between the sizes (for example, the 75E belt sits moderately tight, and the 70F belt is noticeably tight), I suggest stopping at the smaller size (70F) and additionally taking an extender to increase the volume for the first time. And you will lose weight, and the belt will stretch, the extender can be removed, and the bra will continue to be worn as if nothing had happened.
If your weight is “plus”, then a slight fluctuation can be covered by the resource of the extender. But, if you feel that the belt is strangling you, and wearing a bra is simply uncomfortable, you painfully want underwireless underwear or soft material, then it's time to change the size.
But, if you went through pregnancy / breastfeeding, then these processes affected not only the size, but also the shape of the breast, therefore, take it as a fact that you will have to pick up new underwear and send the old one to the scrap.
Over the past six months, I have lost 10 kilograms - I used extenders, tweaked the hooks tighter, and, in the end, changed the size. The doctors recommended that I lose another 8 kilograms, and I am getting ready to do the same again with a new set of underwear. But nothing can be done, unfortunately - after all, the wardrobe also had to be completely changed. But health and fitness are worth it.
3. You wear your bra closed on the last hook
If you have completely reached this stage, as expected, re-fastening the hooks tighter and tighter, then know that your bra has 4-6 weeks to live, then the elastane resource will be lost forever.
If you initially buy a bra "as necessary", and you are able to easily fasten it on the last hook on the day of purchase and not feel discomfort, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. The bra starts to stretch after the first wash. As a result, you will be able to wear it normally (without falling straps and a belt lifting up on the back) for only 4-6 weeks, the rest of the time it will just cover the nipples, without providing you with any real support. If so, admit your mistake, pick up a new supportive underwear and appreciate the suddenly appeared convenience resource.
4. Your shoulder straps are tight
You are trying to extract the best support and shape from the bra by tightening the straps to the maximum (I even saw that the strap adjuster moves from the back to the collarbone region (!)), Then it's time to admit the fact that the bra has finally lost its support resource.
In general, you probably already know that 90% of the support in a bra should come from the belt, and the straps should only be used to adjust the bra for height and breast asymmetry. Therefore, since the straps are completely tightened, then the belt has already been taken out, or the size was initially chosen incorrectly - the third is not given. It's time to get some new workhorses for your wardrobe!
5. Bones come out of the casing, break or prick you from the side
All these are alarm bells, a real fire siren that the bra cannot cope with the load that is assigned to it. Do you sew your bra both into the tail and into the mane, without giving any rest? Or wear it rarely and with displeasure, but this devilry still continues to happen? The solution here is also the same - to throw out the old one and buy a new one.
Bra underwire problems are caused by too much friction on your body. Most often, such problems are experienced by those who initially “because of comfort” choose a larger volume, because “in a small one it is cramped and stuffy”. In fact, a well-chosen bra should fix the breasts and not crawl over the body - but “stuffy” and “cramped” for you because the size is not chosen correctly.
It amazes me how persistent women are in their beliefs. There are also such "lucky women" who pull bones out of freshly bought underwear, because "this is an instrument of torture."
There are craftsmen who alter the hooks and straps to the “right” place. And this is instead of realizing that if you have to somehow "finish" the bra for yourself, then you initially picked it up incorrectly either in size or shape, and the real decision is to simply learn how to choose the right underwear for yourself!
In fact, good, comfortable underwear can be found for every size and shape.