5 things your bra is trying to tell you

We may wear them every day, but when was the last time you had a good look at your bra? And we mean a really good look. If your go-to favourite is looking a little tiresome or feeling uncomfortable, then you may want to read on. We want every woman to feel amazing in her underwear. So to help make sure you feel great in yours, we share the 5 things your bra might be trying to tell you…

We may have been together for 6 months but it’s time to go our separate ways…

We’re all guilty of having a favourite bra, but sometimes that go-to favourite just has to go – no matter how attached to it you are! The average lifespan of a bra (one that you wear often) is between 6-9 months. Tell-tale signs of an expired bra are overstretched elastic, poking through wires and the back riding up even when it’s on the tightest hook. Trust us, there’s plenty more bras in the sea!

I know you’re not a fan of getting fitted, but it’s actually surprisingly easy!

Making sure you’re wearing the right size bra is so important – we can’t stress this enough! It really makes all the difference when it comes to comfort, shape and generally feeling great in your underwear. However, for some of us, the idea of walking in to a shop and getting bra fitted by a stranger is a little overwhelming. Which is where we come in… Our expert bra fitters can actually fit you over the phone! Just call 0345 401 2014. How easy is that?

Don’t machine wash me or I won’t be around for too long.

Unless the care label says that machine washing is ok, we don’t really recommend it. To keep your bra in good condition for as long as possible, we suggest hand washing with a mild detergent, leaving the items to soak and then gentle rinsing under running warm water. A little TLC goes a long way when it comes to looking after your lingerie.

I need a little space – there should be two of me not four!

If the dreaded quad-boob effect is becoming an issue, than you probably need to go up a cup size. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s basically when your breasts spill out over the top of your bra. When you find your correct size, the cups should encompass your breasts and create a smooth fit without any overspill or bulging at the cups or underarm. If you’re still having problems, then try a different style of bra which may work more harmoniously with your body shape.

I’m trying to support you, but my underwires are just too tight.

When it comes to bust support, underwires are key as they provide most of the support. Underwires aren’t meant to be uncomfortable. If yours are digging in, chafing or rubbing, then you’re probably wearing a size too small. So if you spot any red marks the next time you take your bra off, then it might be time to find a new one!

Jess Flexton

With a love for lingerie, an obsession with the beach and an eye for style, Figleaves Editor, Jessica Flexton, talks everything from the latest trends to new collections and exclusive features.