Awhile back I answered a reader question about how much wear and tear a bra receives by hooking the band in the front and then twisting or spinning it to the back. The gist of my response was that this technique did not significantly impact the life of a bra, and I also mentioned how my lack of coordination and shoulder flexibility conspired against me whenever I attempted to hook the bra in the back. Several of our amazing readers offered suggestions on how they were able to learn the method, and after trying a few, I ultimately found a process that works for me.
Yep, I have converted from spinning to hooking in the back! Originally, I followed a suggestion from June of Braless in Brasil to practice for awhile on the weekend until I got the hang of the movement, but I’m not a patient person. After about five minutes, I gave up (hey, I said I wasn’t patient!). Frustrated, I returned to spinning for a couple weeks until I revisited the original blog and saw Erin C’s suggestion of not putting my arms in the straps until after the bra was hooked. This still wasn’t working for me, but I modified the technique by sliding the bra to my waist. My shoulders rejoiced at the band’s easy-to-reach location, and lo and behold! I can now hook my bra behind my back. *jumps for joy* Once the band is hookd, I simply slide the bra into place and put my arms through the straps.
The Downside: Women whose ribcage is smaller than their natural waist will not benefit from this method because they may inadvertently (and incorrectly) size up in the band. As a result, I only recommend hooking the band lower on your torso if your waist is roughly equal to or smaller than your ribcage.
Nevertheless, personal preference reigns supreme for how you want to hook your bra, but I wanted to share another alternative as well as to thank our wonderful readers for the excellent tips.