How Often Should You Replace Your Bra
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The foundation of any good wardrobe starts with your undergarments, and while many of you have your panty game down pat, your bra situation is a little bit of a mess. How many of us have been holding on to bras since high school? Guilty! The truth is, your lingerie should be just as edited as your closet. With that said, we turned to the experts to find out how many workhorses you really need.

According to Negative Underwear's Marissa Vosper and Lauren Schwab, the answer is "four in your weekly rotation." Vosper continues: "It's not an obvious answer, as the number of bras you need depends on how you wear your bras and how big your cup size is, but you shouldn't wear your bra every day, so the elastic has time to readjust and come back to a resting pose. If you follow that logic, then you need four."

That's not to say that you can keep those four bras for eternity, however. Vosper explains that "bras are made from fine materials, so after about 12 to 18 months, those materials get worn in. If the straps are digging or the band is overstretched, it's time to get a new bra. If it's not hugging you perfectly, then you aren't doing yourself any favors and you aren't going to look your best."

And there you have it, ladies; it's time to clean out that bra drawer.