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Does your underwear have an expiration date? It’s definitely a question that’s crossed all of our minds. We all have that one lucky pair of underwear from 5 years ago that we just can’t bring ourselves to throw away.

When investing in something as intimate as women’s underwear, choosing affordable pieces that don’t cut corners in terms of quality can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Knowing exactly when to part ways with a pair is just around the corner.

When should I replace my underwear?

The biggest factor when considering when to replace your underwear is how many pairs you have in rotation.

As you could imagine, the more the better as each pair will have to go through less daily wear and wash cycles.

Updating your top drawer on a timely basis also crosses into the realm of hygiene — did you know that replacing your underwear reduces the risk of urinary tract infections?

All things considered, we’d recommend replacing your underwear every six months to a year.

Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for any signs of damage and then replace on your own basis.

Reasons why you should throw away your underwear

Looking for telltale signs it's time to kick those knickers to the curb?

Let’s start with the most obvious — there’s really no way around holes and tears in your underwear. Additionally, visible stains that detergent and bleach just can’t seem to get rid of is definitely a scream for the bin.

If you find that a pair is so stretched out that it is no longer able to support your body in all the right ways, it might be time to part ways. But loss of elasticity isn’t the only natural outgrowth of daily wear over time.

Washing and wearing eventually breaks down the fibers of the fabric, giving your underwear that sheer look. The next stage? Those pesky tears and holes.

Investing in quality underwear that offers both comfortability and durability is the way to go to avoid unnecessary underwear turnover.

How to take care of your underwear

We’ve found the best way to keep your underwear looking brand new while maintaining good hygienic practices is to wash on gentle and tumble low in your dryer.

Make sure you wash your underwear in cold water to keep the colors looking as vibrant as the day you got them — plus, it’s an easy way to reduce carbon emissions when washing.

Need to replace your underwear? Parade's got you covered

Starting at $8 a pair, Parade offers seamless, smooth and comfortable underwear in colors for every day of the week.

We have over 200+ style and color combinations sized from XS to 3XL.

Shop across our top underwear collections:

» Thong underwear

» Brief underwear 

» Boyshort underwear

» Cheeky underwear

Parade underwear is made from recycled materials & fabrics: cotton lining & mesh for breathability, nylon for a silky feel and spandex for comfortable stretch.

We offer three fabric platforms across our underwear collection:

  1. Universal: No visible panty lines (even under leggings), this seamless underwear feels like you're wearing nothing. Made from recycled fabric with an organic cotton lining

  2. Silky Mesh: Luxurious superfine silky mesh underwear, with a breathable cotton liner, lightweight & buttery feel with 360 degree stretch

  3. Re:Play: Ultra-soft underwear for everyday wear. Made from recycled super-fine fabric, a breathable cotton liner, lightweight & cool touch with 360 degree stretch

Products featured in this article:

Thong | Re:Play

Thong

Re:Play

Our #1 bestseller — meet the comfiest Thong you'll ever wear.
2477 reviews
Brief | Universal

Brief

Universal

Minimalism meets endless comfort. Shop your new everyday essential.
102 reviews
High Rise Boyshort | Universal

High Rise Boyshort

Universal

Our highest-rise Boyshort — designed for a blissful night's sleep.
157 reviews
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High Waist vs High Cut Thongs: What's the Difference?

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What are Boy Shorts? Learn about this Women's Underwear Essential

Parade

Size Chart
Bralette

A B C D DD DDD/F
32 XS XS S S 1+ 1+
34 XS S M M 1+ 2+
36 S M M L 2+ 2+
38
L XL XL 3+ 3+
40
XL 2XL 2XL 3+ 3+
42
2XL 3XL 3XL

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Band and Shoulder Strap Measurements
Our bralette bands and shoulder straps differ in width based on your size—for the ideal level of support.
XS-M
Shoulder straps: 12mm
Underbust elastic band: 20mm
L-XL
Shoulder straps: 16mm
Underbust elastic band: 40mm
2XL-3XL and Support+1-3
Shoulder straps: 25mm
Underbust elastic band: 50mm
Underwear

Numeric Hips
XS 4-6 35-36.5"
S 4-6 37-38.5"
M 8-10 39-40.5"
L 10-12 41-42.5"
XL 14-16 43-45.5"
2XL 18 46-49.5"
3XL 20-22 50-53"