Are you putting your bra on correctly?
How you put your bra on affects how it feels and fits during the rest of the day. Follow our simple steps for a comfortable and perfect fit.
You can put on a normal back-fastening bra in two different ways. We don’t recommend fastening it first and then putting it on over your head; the fastener is there for a reason and it’d be a tight squeeze to put a fastened bra on over your head, especially if you have a large bust. Some bra models are designed to be put on over your head, but these are often elastic bralettes or sports bras that are meant to have a tight fit.
Option 1 – Put your bra on the right way round
Start by placing the cups over your breasts before putting your arms through the shoulder straps. Then, take the ends and fasten them at the back by hooking them together. This can be a little fiddly; it’s just a question of getting used to it. On the other hand, it can be difficult to reach around if you have painful or stiff joints. In that case the next method is easier.
Put your arms through first and then fasten the bra at the back.
Option 2 – Put your bra on back to front
Put your bra on back to front, in other words with the cups on your back, so you can fasten it under your bust. Then turn the bra until it’s the right way round and put your arms through the shoulder straps. If you’re wearing an underwired bra, make sure you don’t have the bra on upside down with the shoulder straps downwards, otherwise you’ll have to flip the bra which damages the underwire.
Option 3 – Front closure
If your bra has front closure, put it on as if it were a waistcoat by first putting your arms through the shoulder straps and then fastening it. It’s easiest to close a hook and eye fastening from the bottom up. This can be a little fiddly if you have a large bust and can’t see the lowest hook and eye, but it’s just a question of practice. Most people find that front-closure bras are convenient and quicker to put on since they don’t require any twisting movements. The reason more bras aren’t made with front closure is because the width of the closure can’t be adjusted. Bras that fasten at the back have 3-stage closure, which means that they can be used for longer as they become stretched over time. Since the closure itself is positioned between the breasts on a front-closing bra, you can’t make it wider without affecting the placement of the breasts.
How to adjust the fit once you’ve put your bra on
STEP 1: Adjust the shoulder straps
Once you’ve put your bra on you can adjust how the shoulder straps fit and feel against the body. Go through the following steps:
• They shouldn’t cut in, but they also shouldn’t slip down when you move.
• If the shoulder straps are adjusted correctly, you should be able to fit the tip of your finger between your shoulder and the shoulder strap without difficulty.
• Reach up with your arms. Is the band under your bust pinching the breast tissue? In that case the shoulder straps are too short (or alternatively the band size is too big).
• If they are too loose the bra won’t fit well, especially if the cups are unpadded.
• If the shoulder straps are too short or too long, take the bra off and adjust the length. You can repeat this step several times until you feel the shoulder straps are the right length.
Always adjust the shoulder straps so they aren’t too loose.
STEP 2: Do the Scoop & Swoop
Now it’s time to scoop the breasts together in the cups. This step is commonly forgotten but it makes an enormous difference to how a bra will fit and feel. Put your right hand in the outside of the left cup and make a sweeping motion, lifting the breast upwards and towards the middle of your chest. Then do the same on the other side, in other words using your left hand in the right cup.
STEP 3: Bend forwards
Stand up and bend forwards. Move your arms back and forth and gently shake your bust. If you’ve done the Scoop & Swoop correctly your breasts shouldn’t move. If your breasts slip out of the cups the cups are too small. If there’s empty space between the breasts and the cups then the cups are too big.
There shouldn’t be empty space between the cups and the breasts when you bend forwards.
Do you find bras troublesome or have never found a bra that feels good or fits well? Well, you know that at Miss Mary we provide personal service 7 days a week by telephone, email or chat. Our wonderful customer service team are experts in giving advice to women they’ve not met in real life. No question is too big or too small.