How To Make Your Bras Last Forever, In 3 Easy Steps

September 22, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Bras are kind of every woman’s little secret–right? It’s the piece of clothing that you wear that most of the world will never see (except for the lucky ones that do!), so if you have a ratty one or one that doesn’t exactly fit right or is in a weird color, you could potentially get away with wearing it for a long time–or at least on laundry day.

READ MORE: How To Smooth Lumps, Dents And Creases Out Of Your Bras

For this reason, many of us don’t take good care of our bras. Hence why we end up having to replace them every year. At $50+ a pop, you really should be taking better care of them. Like, for example, did you know that you should never wear the same bra two days in a row? Yes–any clothing item that contains an elastic material (jeans, too) needs a day of “rest” to go back to its original shape. Otherwise they just end up getting stretched out!

READ MORE: How To Make Your Sticky Bra Sticky Again

Is your mind blown yet? Well, we sat down with a bra expert–Jaclyn Stein the Merchandising Manager for iconic bra brand Maidenform–to get even more expert tips for taking care of this super important garment (hey–it’s the one that touches your skin every single day!):

READ MORE: This Is, Hands Down, The Best Strapless Bra–Ever!

1. Never put your bras in the dryer. Jaclyn explains that the “heat breaks down the fabric,” causing bras to lose their elasticity over time. “Letting them air dry will enable the elastic to last longer,” she advises.

READ MORE: The One Thing You Should Never Do When Shopping For A Bra Online

2. Wash them in a lingerie bag. To avoid getting those pills that form on the surface, Jaclyn says that you should always use a lingerie bag and , “wash in warm, not hot, water.” Noted!

READ MORE: Is There Really A Difference Between Underwire And Wireless Bras?

3. Wear a different bra every day. “It’s always a good idea to have a wardrobe of bras and wear a different bra every day,” Jaclyn explains. “This will extend the life of your bras.”

So, there you have it–three super-simple yet vastly effective ways to treat your bras better. Now, check out our editor’s picks now:

best bras Bali One Smooth U Smoothing and Concealing Underwire

Bali One Smooth U Smoothing & Concealing Underwire

best bras Maidenform Smooth Luxe Demi Bra

Maidenform Smooth Luxe™ Demi Bra

best bras Playtex Secrets Perfectly Smooth Underwire Bra

Playtex Secrets Perfectly Smooth Underwire Bra

[Photo: Could I Have That]


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...


Nordstrom Just Re-Stocked This Super Flattering $29 Top--Get Yours ASAP!

Yes, I know it's sweater weather and there are ...


Once And For All, These Are The Best Sports Bras For Runners, Yoga-Lovers And More

Love it or hate it, exercising is something we should ...


This Is Where You Should Shop For Bras If You're A Size 36C Or Higher

As if bra shopping isn't difficult enough on its ...


Every Woman Should Own This Classic Striped Top--It's Perfection!

I'm all about stocking my wardrobe with pieces that ...


Psst! FitFlop Has So Many Good Boots This Fall--We Want Them All!

It's the moment we've all been waiting for: ...


Gemist Is The Amazing New App That Lets You Design Custom Rings

As a jewelry-lover, few things make me more excited ...


Seriously Cute Sweaters Start At Just $29 At Nordstrom Rack Right Now

If you haven't already restocked your sweater collection for ...


This Nordstrom Sweater Is Even Prettier From The Back--You *Have* To See It

If you're looking for a totally unique and flattering ...


Every Woman Should Own This Classic Button Up Shirt--It Looks Good With Everything

Trends come and go, but some pieces are just timeless ...