You might think of sports bras as a super-durable garment—you just throw it in the washer and dryer, and it's fine, right? Not quite. We asked Lori Kaplan of Bra*Tenders in NYC for her expert tips on prolonging the life of your sports bras.


1. To Wash or Not to Wash?

Kaplan recommends washing your sports bra after every use if you sweat a lot, so the sweat doesn't break down the bra fibers. But if you only wore it for a less sweaty activity, then you can skip a wash.

2. Two Is Better Than One

Like pointe shoes, keep a few bras in rotation so you aren't relying on only one to get you through a busy weekly dance schedule.

3. All Good Things Come to an End

Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a sports bra is six months to a year with normal wear and tear. If you're past that time frame, it might be time to buy a new one!

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