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There is a 'right' way to put bras on, especially if you want them to last long and support you properly

Sophia Mitrokostas , Business Insider US
 Oct 21, 2019, 05:17 PM
When worn improperly, bras can stretch out quickly.
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  • Wearing a bra properly can help your chest feel supported and it can make the garment last longer.
  • To put your bra on properly, start by putting on the straps, fastening the back clasps (if there are any), and then leaning forward.
  • Once your bra is on your body, scoop each breast into the bra's cups so that your nipple is in the center of the cup.
  • If hooking your bra from the back is difficult or not possible for you, you can try clasping your bra from the side or purchasing special bras that you can step into.
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Even though there's not really a wrong way to put on a bra, there is a way to do so that can help your undergarments last longer while ensuring you feel as comfortable as possible.

Here's the best way to put on a bra, according to bra-fitting experts.

The best way to put on a bra is to start with the straps and then lean forward

You should cup your breasts and "scoop" them into the bra.
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Allena Rissa, bra-fitting expert and editor of The Better Fit, told Insider that there are a few best practices to follow when putting on a traditional bra that clasps at the back.

"Start by guiding each arm through the strap loop until the strap is resting on your shoulder. Then, take the two band ends and clasp them behind you by using the loosest hook setting," said Rissa.

She said you should be using the loosest hook if your bra is fairly new, but as your bra stretches over time you should move out to the tighter inner clasps.

That said, if your new bra only fits on the tightest setting and you cannot comfortably use the last hook, you may want to go down a band size to ensure you won't be stretching out your bra prematurely.

Although your bra is technically on your body at this point, you still need to make sure the bra is properly supporting your breasts

To do this, Rissa said you have to position your chest comfortably within the bra cups.

"Bend forward and, using the opposite hand, scoop your breast so that it is fully cupped in your hand," said Rissa. "From here, reposition your breast so it is entirely in the bra cup, with the nipple in the center."

Once you've done this, stand up straight and double-check that your bra band is straight across your back - it should be parallel with the floor.

If your straps feel loose, adjust them so they gently press against your skin. You want them to be snug, but not so tight that they leave marks on your skin when you take off your bra.

Even if you don't follow this method, you should try to avoid inverting your bra's cups as you put it on

Bra-fitting expert Kimmay Caldwell explained to Insider that many people use what is known as the "crush and flip" method to put on their bras, which isn't always the best idea.

This method involves hooking the bra in the front with the cups inverted (upside down with the outside of the molded cups against the body) before grabbing the straps and yanking them over the shoulders, flipping the bra in the process.

"Though this method is not 'wrong,' it is so bad for your bra," said Caldwell. "It's one of the main reasons that underwires pop out and bras stretch out."

Plus, flattening the molded cups against the body distorts their shape over time.

If hooking your bra from the back is difficult, try hooking it from the side instead

It might be best to hook your bra on the side if you cannot hook it in the back.
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Individuals who struggle to put on their bra while the clasps are on their back may want to try hooking their bra while the clasps are on their side instead.

"You can start by hooking the bra on the side - not in front of you, if possible, so that you're twirling the bra less around your body," said Caldwell. "The main thing is to start with the cups already facing up so you aren't inverting molded cups against your body or flipping the underwires up."

Once you have secured the bra closures, spin the bra around and make sure the fullest part of your bust sits comfortably in the bra cups before lifting the straps over your shoulders one by one.

Although better than clasping your bra in the front, this method can stretch out your bra quickly over time, so you may want to consider purchasing bras that have front closures if you find yourself doing this often.

In addition, those who have difficulty raising or bending their arms may want to purchase bras that they can step into

If you have difficulty lifting your arms or can't hook your bra while it's on your body, you may want to consider getting bras that use wide elastic bands rather than traditional hook-and-eye closures.

These types of bras can often be stepped into rather than maneuvered over the shoulders.

Just be sure you get one that fits comfortably and that you are not stretching the bra's band more than necessary, as this can compromise the support you get from the bra and actually make it less comfortable over time.

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