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Our bras are one of the
most important parts of our outfit, they keep us comfortable and confident
every day. Yet despite this, many of us do not actually know how to put on a
bra correctly. According to Insider, most women put on their
everyday bra by doing the clasps up at the front, before swiveling the bra
around and then putting their arms through the straps. You might be surprised
to hear that this is not the recommended way to put your bra on. In fact, it
can lead to you stretching or loosening the fabric and straps unnecessarily.
Never fear, Triumph is here to give you the details of how to put on a bra
correctly, from everyday options to special occasion choices.
began in their (almost) modern form in the 1860s, however they only became
fashionable after the first world war. In the 1930s, bras began to acquire the
essential features they have today, including eye-and-hook fastening and
adjustable straps. By WW2, most women were wearing them.
As the addition of more
flexible and adjustable features goes to show, when it comes to the right bra,
fit is everything. While it is important to put on your bra correctly, the
right technique can’t make up for a bad fit. After you know how to put on a
bra, you should also check if it fits correctly.
How to put on a bra correctly
1. Put your arms through
the straps, with the cups in front of you.
2. Fasten the clasps
behind your back. We know, it’s hard, but it gets easier with practice! You can
use a mirror to help you. You can choose how loose or tight you want your bra
by adjusting the hook you use. If your bra is new, it should fit on the loosest
hook. If you can fasten it without much tension on the tightest hook, it’s time
for a new bra.
3. Bend down to help move
your breasts into the cups. This will move your breasts in the right direction.
4. Feel the sides of your
breasts for any loose tissue hanging out of the cup, and gently move it to fill
the side of the cup. If you can’t fit all your breast tissue in the cup, then
your cup size is likely too small.
5. Make sure the
underwire is sitting comfortably beneath your breasts, without leaving any
extra space for them to hang down.
As time passes you’ll
also need to adjust your bra straps to make them a little tighter as the
material stretches. If the straps can no longer provide enough support, then
it’s time to go bra shopping.
How to put on a criss-cross bra
Criss-cross bras are a
great option for racerback tops and dresses. However, they aren’t always easy
to put on. Some criss-cross bras are
convertible, with metal hooks in the middle that allow the bra to cross over.
For these bras, you can simply put them on in the same way as an everyday bra,
and then do up the hooks at the back. However, if your criss-cross bra is fixed
in place then it’s going to take a little maneuvering. Here’s one way to put it on:
1. Hold your bra upside
down by the band, with the cups facing you
2. Slide your arms
through the armholes, until the band is at your elbows
3. Raise your arms so the
bra is above your head, and stretch your arms so the bra straps slip to your
4. Shimmy the criss-cross
bra over your chest and back. This bit can be a bit difficult, but stick with
5. Lean forward and move
your breasts into place
6. Adjust any straps that
can be altered to make sure your bra is the correct tightness.
How to put on a sports bra
This will depend on the
kind of sports bra you are wearing. Many sports bras close at the back, so you
put them on the same way you put on an everyday bra. However, some sports bras
are pullover bras with no closures. You
can put these on in the same way as a criss-cross bra.
How to put on a strapless bra
Strapless bras can be put
on in a similar way to everyday bras – the trick is to make sure you fasten
them in a way that will prevent them from slipping down once you are wearing
them. Make sure you wrap the bra strap underneath the bra cups, ensuring that
it is lying flat. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than 1 or 2 fingers beneath
the straps. You can then fasten the
hooks together behind you.
While different bras
should be put on with different techniques, putting on your bra correctly is
all about preventing the fabric from stretching and making sure you feel
comfortable. Make sure you replace your bras when they wear out, and that
you’re always wearing the right fit. You can use our size calculator and perfect fit tips to help find the best
fit for you. If you have breasts that are different shapes or sizes you’ll also
need to find the right bra for uneven breasts.