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The Better Way To Put On A Bra

How many times have you put on a bra? If you wear a bra daily, after just three years, you’ve put on straps and fastened hooks nearly a thousand times. And you’ve probably been doing it without any major crises; no sprained wrists, three-alarm fires, or wardrobe malfunctions.

But we’ve seen a bevy of fit issues in our day, with even the most experienced bra-wearers. While they’re not something to call 911 about, a slipping strap or an uncomfortable underwire can be the kind of low-level aggravation that slowly saps your energy or drives you nuts.

The good news is that many of these issues can be fixed with some simple tweaks to how women put on bras. We know small changes can make a big difference, so here are our top tips for putting on a bra:

1. Start on the loosest hook: When you’re trying on—and wearing—a new bra, make sure it fits well on the loosest hook. That way, you can adjust to tighter hooks over time as the fabric naturally stretches.

2. Do the scoop and swoop: Once your bra is on, make sure your breasts are sitting in your bra cups properly. Lift each breast and settle it into the cup while using your other hand to pull the wire towards you. A scoop, then a swoop, and you’ll be better supported.

3. Tighten straps as you go: Sayonara, slipping straps. Make sure you’re tightening your shoulder straps every other month so they stay snugly in place—and so do you.

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