Sorry, But You’ve Probably Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life

You wear a bra every day and probably don’t even think about how you’re putting it on. Unfortunately, however you strap yourself in every day, chances are, it’s probably the wrong way.

A woman called Brittany Packnett took to Twitter last week to say that she bought a bra from ThirdLove and it came with instructions for putting it on… and they were pretty mind-blowing.

You probably wear your bra on the tightest hook—maybe you’re doing it right now—but according to ThirdLove, this isn’t a good idea. You should choose the loosest hook and it should fit perfectly this way.  Then, after you’ve worn your bra quite a bit so that its elastic is looser, you can move onto the next hook, and then finally the tightest one. This gives you more wear out of your bra. Who knew??

Now that you’ve clasped the bra on its loosest hook, you want to shift your boobs around in their cups. Okay, at first this just sounded weird. Why would boobs need to be moved around like that? When you swipe your breasts around in the bra cups while pulling back on the bra wire, you’re getting them in the right place—and preventing the cups from cutting into your boobs. It’s never fun when that happens. It feels like your breasts are rebelling and trying to sneak out of the bra. TBH, even if you have small breasts, moving them around can help your bra fit nicer.

Once you’ve clasped your bra and fiddled with getting your boobs into them, you should tighten the bra straps. And, here’s something to further blow your mind—you should tighten the bra straps every other month. WTF?

If you focus on these steps, you make sure that your bra fits you better and can be worn for a much longer time. These steps are also worth trying when you go for a bra fitting, so you can be sure that you’re buying the right one instead of having to ask for assistance and feeling like a 14-year-old.

After Brittany posted her tweets, women chimed in, sharing the wrong ways they’ve been putting on bras for years (as one user said: “If clasping in front and swiveling is wrong I don’t want to be right…”), while others expressed the horror at discovering this bra knowledge. Shocked AF!

This three-step process to having a happy bra isn’t the first tip from ThirdLove that you’re going to want to remember forever. Last year they revealed that there are seven types of breasts. Yup, seven! On their “breast shape dictionary” they give details about each breast type, which includes “slender,” “bell-shaped,” and even “East, West,” which is when breasts point in slightly different directions. The ThirdLove experts say that even though you need to find the right cup size, knowing your breast shape is important to choosing the right bra for you. And they’re spot on!

Knowing how to properly try on and wear a bra is going to completely change your life. Just think: maybe the fact that women haven’t known these tips is one of the reasons why so many women are wearing the wrong bra. According to the Huffington Post, a survey revealed that 80 percent of women wear bras in the wrong size. And, 70 percent of these women buy bras that are too small, while 10 percent choose ones that are too big. Hopefully, that’s a thing of the past! Right, who wants to burn their old bras?

Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.