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Be honest: Do you hook your bra in the front and slide it around to the back? You’re not alone! Sometimes it’s easier to put a bra on this way, but did you know that hooking the bra in the front and sliding it around to the back can cause the band to stretch out much quicker than it should?

It’s true. Fastening your bra in the front can put unnecessary stress on the band and stretch the straps over time. Since straps can be only be tightened so much, this is a method that we definitely recommend avoiding as much as possible.

Sure, most of us have been hooking our bras the same way for as long as we can remember, but maybe it’s time to try a new method. Here are a few tips to keep in mind next time you’re putting on your favorite bra or trying out a new style!

Back closure bras

Chances are most of the bras in your lingerie wardrobe fasten in the back. Back closure bras provide a great deal of support and allow the wearer to tighten or loosen the fit of the band with a back hook and eye closure. Demi bras, strapless bras, and balconette bras often close in the back. Our Lydie Contour Padded Bra, Estelle Balconet Bra, and Charlotte Padded Bra are all designed with back closures.

Here’s how to put on a back closure bra:

First, put your arms into the straps and slide it on so the cups are over your boobs. Then, hook the bra in the back by connecting the hook and eye closure. Lastly, starting with the left side, hold the side of the left cup with your left hand and scoop your breast tissue into the center of the cup with your right hand. Repeat with your right side. This quick step will ensure that all of your breast tissue is inside the cups. You might also know this little insider trick as the scoop and swoop!

If you’re having trouble with this method, you may find it easier to hook the bra first at your waist in the back and then slide it up and on. Either method works just as well.

Related: Here’s How To Tell If A Bra Fits

Front closure bras

Front closure bras are ideal for anyone with limited mobility because they hook in the front and only involve a small range of motion to get them on. Most racerback styles are front closure bras. Both our Matilda Padded Racerback Bra and Lynn Y-Back Front Closure Bra styles fasten in the front.

Here’s how to put on a front closure bra:

Slide your arms through the straps and pull the cups around toward the center front of your body. Using both hands, line up and join the left and right sides of the bra’s front closure (this is even easier if your bra has a magnetic closure) to fasten the bra. Then, scoop your breast tissue from the sides into the center of the cups. Voila!

Bralettes and bras without a hook and eye closure

If your bra doesn’t have any hooks or closures, chances are it’s a pullover style (a style that slides on over your head). Bralettes and sports bras are among the most popular pullover styles. These styles are easy to throw on when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to fuss over the fit of a bra. We love bralettes and recommend our Adriana Lace Bralette to anyone who is looking for a cute and comfy weekend, sleep, or lounge bra in a hard to find C-G cup size!

Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

We want to know: How do you put on your bras? Tell us in the comments below!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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