5 Signs To Replace Your Bras, Panties, Stockings, and Tights

6 min readMay 3, 2024


It’s where confidence meets couture with a serving of comfort. Where a thousand stitches lie side-by-side in beauty, awaiting for you to choose them. Nylon next to cotton and reinforced toes next to embroidered detail in a display that showcases almost a thousand years of human and fashion ingenuity.

Yes, we could only be talking about your lingerie drawer.

And yes, here at VienneMilano, we’re clearly in love with whatever stores our lingerie and its contents, naturally.

But there’s a twist …

We’ll also admit that we’re guilty of falling a little bit too much in love with some of its contents. They’re the special ones we push to the side, ignoring their snags and ever-growing holes that are almost too painful to acknowledge.

But there comes a time to bite the bullet, and we’ve become experts in it. So, fear not, for we’ve curated a guide to help you recognize the signs that it’s time to bid adieu to your old favorites and embrace the allure of fresh lingerie delights — because it’s always smart to look on the brightside in these matters AKA treating yourself to new lingerie.

  • Exposed underwire.
  • Holes (big and small.)
  • Discoloration or fading.
  • Loose straps.
  • Persistent stains.
  • Fabric is failing.
  • Loss of elasticity.
  • Underwear has become translucent.
  • Bra fabric has stretched.
  • A general feeling of discomfort.
  • And generally, if any piece of lingerie is just looking a little lifeless.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive a little deeper into lingerie-replacing must-knows.

Getting Serious About When to Throw Out Your Lingerie

The Elastic Eludes You

There’s no feeling quite so comforting or “right” than trying on new lingerie for the first time. If only it could always be this way. Elastic is a genius invention that holds stockings up (alongside silicone) and holds panties tight. But it also embodies “all good things must come to an end” as you notice it becoming looser and looser. If your lingerie is showing signs of being on the second looser, it’s a surefire indication that it’s time to retire those pieces. Bid adieu to discomfort and embrace the firm embrace of new elastic that will hug your curves in all the right places.

Faded Fabrics and Worn Wonders

It happens to even the best and most-loved (cared for) lingerie pieces. One day they’re shining bright, the next, they’re not. If anything, this isn’t a sign that you’ve been neglectful of them. On the contrary, it shows you cared. You washed your lingerie just as you’re meant to. The natural side effect of this being that some dye escapes with each wash. And that’s okay. Even the sun, friction, and just existing can cause dye to fade away. While we don’t know the exact number of shades your lingerie has to lose before being replaced, we do know that the lingerie-loving heart knows. A visual test should do the trick.

The Case of the Missing Underwire

Ah, the infamous underwire escape. If you find yourself constantly readjusting your bra to locate its rogue underwire or, worse yet, discover that it’s gone MIA entirely, it’s a clear indication that it’s time to invest in a new set of lingerie. Say goodbye to poking and prodding and hello to the supportive embrace of a well-structured bra.

Suddenly! Stains and Snags

We all fall victim to everyday life. Yes, even the most pristine and shining pair of stockings can pick up a few snags, snuffles, and scratches along the way — that’s just a sign of a life well lived. So, we applaud your commitment to living boldly. Kudoses given, we will say there’s no need to let your lingerie suffer the consequences forever. Treat yourself to fresh pieces that are as pristine as the day they were born, and let the fun start all over again.

Mismatched Sets and Lonely Pieces

Are you guilty of hoarding mismatched lingerie sets or holding onto pieces that have long lost their partners? This one serves as a reminder: Don’t let the singles suffer on. It’s time to bid farewell to the odd socks of your lingerie drawer and embrace a few new perfectly coordinated sets.

Buying Time

We wish our lingerie could live forever. So, we should treat it right and exactly how it deserves. It’s truly the only way to ensure a long life of many wonderful wears (other than not wearing them at all.)

Here’s our quick guide to taking care of your lingerie in all the right ways:

  • Hand wash lingerie in cold water with mild detergent to prevent stretching and damage.
  • Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that can degrade delicate fabrics.
  • Air dry lingerie flat or hang it to dry, avoiding direct sunlight which can fade colors.
  • Store lingerie in a cool, dry place away from sunlight to prevent fabric deterioration.
  • Use lingerie bags when machine washing to protect delicate fabrics from friction and snagging.
  • Rotate your lingerie collection to prevent overuse of specific items.
  • Avoid excessive stretching by gently handling lingerie when putting it on and taking it off.
  • Consider investing in high-quality lingerie made from durable materials.
  • Mend any small tears or loose threads promptly to prevent further damage.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for specific types of lingerie.

Welcoming in the New

We were tempted to include the age-old adage “Out with the old; in with the new” but we thought much better of it. Truthfully, lingerie never gets old. Instead, it enters its golden years where we wear it again in our memories, but never again in real life.

And that’s just the beautiful natural order of lingerie. And before we get too sentimental, yes, we are suggesting that you replace your lingerie with a newer generation. And that’s where we can help.

Replacing Your Lingerie With VienneMilano

Elevate your intimate wardrobe with exquisite designs crafted to embrace your curves and ignite your confidence. Whether bidding farewell to beloved pieces or eagerly welcoming new sensations, each ensemble promises to redefine luxury and leave a lasting impression. It’s not just lingerie; it’s a celebration of self-expression and timeless elegance, awaiting your embrace.

Step into luxury and upgrade your lingerie collection with VienneMilano. As we here at VienneMilano understand the sentimental value attached to your old favorites, we invite you to explore our exquisite selection of thigh highs, stockings, tights, and lingerie. Treat yourself to the finest materials, impeccable craftsmanship, and timeless designs that promise to elevate every moment.

Wrapping it up

It’s the cycle of life. What once was new, becomes less new even as its place continues grow in our hearts. Still, there comes a time to bid adieu to old favorites and embrace the new and exciting. Recognizing the telltale signs of lingerie aging is key part of the cycle — from faded fabrics to missing underwires, each announcing it’s time for a renewal.

Originally published at https://viennemilano.com on May 3, 2024.




VienneMilano is a luxury hosiery brand dedicated to thigh high stockings. All of our products are made in Italy using only the most exquisite materials.