A Bra Hooking Update

Hello Ladies,

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.

Erica

A Bra Hooking Update
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

9 thoughts on “A Bra Hooking Update

  • July 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm
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    Yay for another covert!

    I have to put on me bra completely to do it (Being that my waist is larger than my underbust. For me because I get narrower as I go up, I actually hook them slightly higher than my underbust so I have a bit more room. It’s taken a lot of practice, though! So glad you found something that works well for you! 😀

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    • Erica
      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am
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      Thanks, June! At the end of the day, you just have to find what works the best for you, and I’m glad I found something better.

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  • July 27, 2012 at 3:47 am
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    Do you find it easy to slide up again? I decided to learn to hook mine in the back when the summer came around: Humid hot weather makes it difficult to move a snug band around! And I would think it would be about the same amount of ‘trouble’ to slide it up and to slide it around

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    • Erica
      July 27, 2012 at 10:58 am
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      The humidity is what made me rethink the whole spinning thing too. I don’t have a problem sliding it up, but then it doesn’t have too far to go, and it probably takes me less than a second or two. 🙂

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  • July 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm
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    Wow, I have the opposite issue. I have never hooked a bra in the front in my life and so I tried this tonight to see what you guys were talking about. I could not do it at all when the bra was on my under bust area and ABSOLUTELY not when it was at my waist. 🙂

    I’ll stick to the traditional back hooking method!!

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    • Erica
      July 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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      That’s too funny, Lynn! Different strokes for different folks, it seems. 😀

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  • August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am
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    I honestly never knew that one could hook a bra in the front. I had as much difficulty with it as you guys had with the back method. Seriously.could.not.do.it.

    Then again, I wonder has it also got to do with body shape i.e. my underbust is the smallest part of my body. Maybe if I had a teeny tiny waist rather than small hips, it would be easier. 🙂

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  • May 31, 2013 at 8:06 am
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    I struggle to hook it behind and I don’t like twisting it around with humidity and snug bands. Solution? Boyfriend does it up for me every morning! 🙂 Perfect.

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