I've read through a few past questions (here
) about underwire, mostly about poking out of the end, but my question is about broken or snapped underwire that has not come out of place.
I've had two recent bras (the same bra from Wacoal in different colors) where the underwire broke in the middle of the cup after about 1 and a half years of frequent wearing. I've always washed them in a top-loading washing machine, usually on the gentle cycle (not in a lingerie bag), then hung them to dry. Is it safe to assume that the cause here is the washing machine, thus hand-washing is the solution? Or should I just continue machine washing but in a lingerie bag?
As in the previous questions, could fit be an issue here too? Should I be concerned about the brand I'm buying? In every other way I've found the bras to be comfortable, supportive, and high quality, and haven't had issues with the underwire coming out of the end, but underwire breaking in the middle is obviously not great either.
Any ideas about how to prevent this in the future or even what to do with the bras with broken underwire (could I take them somewhere to be re-wired?) would be appreciated. I'm on the bustier side, so removing the underwire and wearing them anyway doesn't sound like a viable option to me.