Raise your hand if you hate wearing a bra! Even you enjoy it, they are still a pain in the back. Bras are a necessity and a nightmare; finding the right size, fit and style can be totally overwhelming — not to mention exhausting. But it turns out the source of your life-long bra battle may be the fact that you’ve been wearing it the wrong way all this time!
How did we come to this revelation? Because Twitter user Brittany Packnett shared this:
.@ThirdLove just told I’ve been putting on my bras wrong for twenty years.
You probably have, too. pic.twitter.com/eHRWVp11OA
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) October 12, 2017
It all started when she purchased a new brassiere from ThirdLove and noticed a tag titled, “How to put on a bra,” but disregarded it because this wasn’t her first undergarment shopping trip.
But when the bra didn’t fit right, she turned her attention to the three-step instructions attached. And that’s when it happened – her bra-velation!
“Most women are wearing a band that’s too large for them and are wearing their band on the tightest hook to overcompensate for the extra room. But if you wear a brand-new bra on any other hook than the loosest, you’re probably in too big of a band size,” Ra’el Cohen, head of design at ThirdLove, told TODAY Style.
According to ThirdLove, this method will give you the best fit and prevent your bra from stretching out:
#1: A tight band is the right band
The idea is that when you wear your bra on the tightest hook, you’re essentially stretching out the band from the get-go, whereas wearing it on the loosest hook gives you the flexibility to tighten it over time.
#2: Try the scoop and swoop
Gathering your breasts into the center of the cups gives you the most support and best wire positioning. The ‘scoop-and-swoop’ technique is a tried-and-true way to bring your breast tissue up and forward where it needs to be.
#3: Keep those straps happy
Tightening your bra straps every month does indeed ensure that they don’t slip, even as the elasticity in them wears over time.