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You’re Probably Wearing Your Bra on the Wrong Hook

You’re Probably Wearing Your Bra on the Wrong Hook

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Nicole Yi

Despite being one of the most worn items in a woman’s wardrobe, bras are widely misunderstood. And it’s no surprise to us at ThirdLove — bras are highly technical garments with over 30 components in their design. But one of the most common mistakes women make when putting on a bra is related to the bra hook. Though it seems pretty self-explanatory, there’s a rule when it comes to adjusting the hook-and-eye closure.

Which bra hook should you wear your bra on?

If you’re one of the many women who wear their new bra on the tightest hook, you’re wearing it incorrectly. You should actually be wearing your bra on the loosest hook, at least for the first few months. The band should feel both snug and comfortable on the loosest set of hooks. Since bra bands and straps are often made with elastic or spandex, the bra will naturally stretch out over time. Starting out on the loosest hook will allow you to tighten your band throughout the bra’s lifetime.

How can I tell if my band fits?

If your bra fits loosely on the loosest hook or the underwire is resting on your breasts instead of under them, these are signs you’re wearing a band size that’s too big. Go a size down in the band and up in the cup for a better fit. (Remember: when you change the original band size, you also have to adjust the cup letter to ensure the volume of the cups remains the same. Learn more about sister sizing here.)

If you’re unable to slip two fingers underneath your bra band and/or it feels too restrictive, your band is likely too small. Go up a band size and down a cup letter. Having other fit issues? Check out our solutions guide or contact our expert team of Fit Stylists.

How often should I tighten the band?

We recommend adjusting your band every three months. If your new bra is still feeling good by then, check your fit again in a month or two!

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