Reader Question: Hooking a Bra

Hey Erica, I read online that the best way to hook your bra is to put yourself in the cups, pull the straps up and then hook the closures in the back.  If you hook it in the front, you’ll wear out the bra faster.  Is this true? — Tamara

Hi Tamara!  About two weeks ago, I got into this kick where I decided I was going to stop hooking my bra in the front and try to do the whole “in the back” thing.  Of course, I love a snug band for the added support, and if I’m being totally honest, I’m not the most coordinated person in the world (walking in heels notwithstanding).  As a result, the process of twisting my shoulders back, pulling the band, and simultaneously trying to hook all three fasteners in the correct column proved too daunting.  I gave up and resumed hooking the bra in the front and twisting it around my torso.

Does this put strain on the elastic of the bra?  Sure!  But is it enough to significantly shorten the lifespan of a bra?  I doubt it.  First, you (usually) only put your bra on once per day, and the entire process takes less than a minute or so.  Even if we aim high and say it takes you two minutes, over the bra’s lifespan (let’s assume 130 wears), you create approximately 260 minutes or 4.33 hours of extra wear—less than a full day.

Additionally, the act of twisting the bra around doesn’t seem to be all that different than the normal wear you put on a bra.  On any average day, I bend over, lift things up, and do all manner of movement, some of which will tax the elastic more than the relatively fast act of rotating the bra around my body.  What is more important is how you take care of the bra over time.  Wearing it back to back days or throwing the bra in the washer or dryer will shorten the life of your bra far faster than doing the twist!

If you are able to snap your bra in the back without a problem, that’s fantastic!  I’m not always crazy about the little red marks I get from hooking in the front, but if you can’t, then there’s always an alternative.  Hope that helps!

Erica

Reader Question: Hooking a Bra
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.

11 thoughts on “Reader Question: Hooking a Bra

  • April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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    The way my bras are, there’s no way I could move them around if I put it on backwards. I think I’d scrape skin off! I compromise… I put the cups where they should be, hook the back, and then put my arms through the straps. Seems to work and I don’t have problems getting the hooks done one at a time from the bottom up.

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    • Erica
      April 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm
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      Erin, that’s not a bad idea! I may have to try this and report back. My shoulders aren’t super flexible, but I’m willing to try a new technique! To avoid the skin scraping, I just got a little slower, but if the band is very snug, then there may be no way around it.

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  • April 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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    A bra fitter I met once reassured me that being a spinner was fine AS LONG AS I did the scoop and swoop and made sure everything was contained where it needed to be.

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    • Erica
      April 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Exactly! A friend of mine who also owns a lingerie store agrees that it doesn’t matter how you put your bra on, but she did raise a good point that you shouldn’t let spinning/twisting/flipping cause you to buy a band size that is too big. I just carefully pull mine around to minimize the skin ripping, lol.

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  • April 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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    I was a spinner until recently too! However, I had to stop once I got into the right band size because my waist is typically about 2″ larger than my underbust so I couldn’t get the bands on!!! Once I started hooking them in the back I finally was able to put on bands that fit properly. 😀

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    • Erica
      April 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
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      June, your comment is exactly what my friend was talking about—where women would size up in the band to spin it around. Now, how did you go from spinning to hooking in the back? A customer sent me a message saying that a swimming class (go figure!) helped open up her shoulders to let her do it.

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      • April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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        Curvy Wordy actually got on me once for putting on my bras like that so I asked her how she did it (basically as you described above) and then I spent one good day in the mirror until I had it figured out. I’ve found that tighter bands are actually easier to fasten because fastening on the loosest hook takes less skill. Also, some brands (ones that have shallower hooks) are still difficult for me at times.

        But, I guess, long story short I just did it until I figured it out. I always start with the bottom hook and I try and stand side-ways in the mirror and make sure the band on each side is parallel to each other. The bottom hook is always the hardest for me but after I get that one I normally do the top one too keep it in place. Then I do the middle ones.

        I have to admit I love my Cleo George because it only has 2 hooks, so much easier! 😉

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        • Erica
          April 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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          I will have to spend an afternoon trying this. My natural waist is smaller than where my band sits, which is why it may be easier for me to twist the bra . . . of course, those cute little lacy numbers I wear like to leave red marks the whole way around my body, lol!

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    • April 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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      Exactly! My “waist” is bigger than my band size as well, so there’s really no other option.

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  • April 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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    I would have to add that “flipping” is probably worse than “spinning”. I don’t understand how you can flip a bra if you’re wearing the correct size…

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