How to Hook Your Bra: What Hook Should You Use?

Woman setting her ThirdLove bra to the loosest hook, indicating the perfect fit.

To find the perfect bra, knowing the right bra setting is essential. When it comes to your bra, finding your correct size gets you halfway to your perfect fit, but the other half is dependent on knowing how to wear your bra. On a traditional bra with a hook and eye bra back closure, the hook that you are utilizing plays a significant role in the longevity, comfort and support of your bra. We hear a lot of women complaining about an ill-fitting bra, and a lot of this discomfort can be solved by making an easy adjustment to what hook you are wearing it on.

Illustration explaining proper bra setting: hooking your bra on the tightest hook means it's time for a new bra. Wearing it on the loosest hook means the fit is just right.

Which bra hook should I wear my bra on?

When you first get your bra, you should always wear it on the loosest hook, where the band should fit snuggly without digging in — you should be able to slip two fingers underneath the band to know you’ve found your perfect fit. If it’s uncomfortable or feels too restrictive, your band may be too small.

What if I have to start using the middle hooks?

That’s totally fine! One of the reasons you start on the loosest hook is so you can tighten over time and extend the life of your bra. When you have to readjust your bra hooks to the middle ones, it just means that you really love this bra and you’re wearing it often. We recommend adjusting your band every three months.

What happens when I am wearing it on the tightest hook?

If you’ve had your bra for a while and you have to clasp your bra on the tightest hook, it’s time for a new bra. This is a sign that the elastic has worn down from frequent wear and your band isn’t giving you the support it should. If you started off on the tightest hook, it means you are wearing a bra that is the wrong size and that you should check your fit.

Need to check your fit? Want to find the best bra styles for your breast shape? Our Fit Finder® lets you do this quickly and conveniently.