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!