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How To Take Off a Bra

Updated on November 25, 2014

How to unhook a bra

This guide is primarily aimed at men, who, for whatever reason (a sudden back ache?) are intent on unfastening those medieval contraptions we fondly call bras. Which happens to be no mean feat when, in most cases, we are either facing the wrong way or rendered blind by low key lighting (or alternatively by a face a couple of inches from our own).

I will attempt to guide you through the numerous pitfalls and practical jokes women like to play on men, including the dreaded sports bra and the handy but unpredictable variant which is unhooked from the front of the body. There is a fairly good chance you will never be laughed at again. Well -- a fairly good chance.

How To Undo A Bra

Take a good, long look to the right because you need to fully visualize the nature of the evil you are facing. Also note, with satisfaction, how the hooks are not fastened linearly, another common sight (because women are not as painstaking and systematic as they would have you know).

Traditional models such as these are usually relatively easy to remove. You can often unlatch them with a nifty little trick that will leave your counterpart wondering what you've been up to the last few years.

Press your thumb firmly over the hooks and place two other fingers on the other side of the latch and find the eyes, then simply roll your thumb over your fingers (to the right). Note: This is a sleek and stylish one-handed approach, failing repeatedly will make you look like a poseur. Practice first or lower your ambitions.

On the other hand (please forgive the pun) you'll able to use your other hand for other purposes. Tips on hand usage are not covered in this guide!

With enough practice you can get this technique to work almost instantly, leading to startled yelp and a cocky, winning smile from you.

Technique #2 Courtesy of Mr. Magicpants

For those of you worried about looking like amateurs, but afraid of using the alpha male one handed approach, Mr Magicpants (above) shows you how another more conventional one-handed approach can be both smooth and stylish. 

Front-Hook Bras

Just because the clasp is facing you, doesn't mean its easier -- unless you want to kill the romance by looking like an electrician wielding a soldering iron.

The important thing to realize with front hook bras is that it's going to take awhile, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Unhooking the eyes is usually done up or down. Make it slow and make it sexy, simply because going quickly is going to make you look like a troglodyte. 

Sports Bra

In the introduction I mentioned the fact that in most cases sports bras were hellish to remove. I'm aware that in reality, they are technically the easiest to remove.

To the right is a popular Under armor sports bra, the presence of a zip makes it almost too easy (where's the fun in that?). But be warned that some models have no mechanism at all and are designed to be taken off much like a t-shirt would. In theory, this is all fun and games. In practice however, it can be awkward. Especially when you aren't sure what kind of sports bra you're dealing with or whether it's a practical joke of some sort.

If you are sure there are no fastening mechanisms, its time to take the initiate and delicately pull it off. In my humble experience, however, women tend to look pretty good doing this themselves.

When all else fails...

Why not make a bold statement by presenting the object of your frustration a sports bra made from your own underwear!


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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      I Like the topic and presentation. Keep rocking dear thooghun

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      Misha 5 years ago

      Ya sure, plz help me i am tired of removing bra

      bt i love my breasts.

      u guys can remove my bra

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      rafiq 6 years ago

      very nice to girls removing bra. can we also help them

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      A must read for men looking for some romance. Haha. Great hub though.

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      karan 6 years ago

      well i didn't knew that i have lots of GF but i didn't tried this trick , i will try it out

      thanks for sharing and if u have something different do share

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      martin90williams 7 years ago

      very very very very useful hub!

      I love it!!!!! of the most useful and interesting hubs i've seen. Thank YOU!!!

      We need more people like you in this work,

      men that help each other out.

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      kingkhan78 7 years ago

      very interesting hub information about Remove A Bra thanks for sharing

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      nikitha p 7 years ago from India

      nice hub, I like it.

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      Medical Writer 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Have to give this a try.

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      Lo 7 years ago

      So does anyone know how to unsnap the frontal closure plastic snaps? Unfortunately I looked like an idiot in front of my girl friend trying to unsnap it. I had to ask her to do it, because I did not know how to handle those fron closure bra snaps, not hooks.

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      femguy 7 years ago

      It doesn't matter if it's you or someone else wearing it. Pull the straps off the shoulders, slid it down to the waist and spin it around so you can see what you are doing. Not very romantic but works every time.

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hey Carpet, thanks for your Feedback! I'm getting quite a lot of traffic on this hub (upwards of 140 a day) although it is mostly HP traffic at the moment, which is fine. As you mentioned earlier, I wanted to break from commercial stuff ;)

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California


      Clever hub, and if I ever decide to or need to wear a bra, at least now I'll know how to get it off. :) Steve

      PS. Are you getting a lot of traffic to this hub? Do a lot of people search for this information?

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      Lo 7 years ago

      So how are the frontal closure snap-type clasps work? How to open and close that plastic piece?

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Francine, I like the pun

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      Francine Smith 7 years ago

      Wanna get it off?

      Just ask ;-)

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      Propose sms 7 years ago

      This Helped me to impress here...lolz

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      evilia_lim 7 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      you have a nice and funny hub :) How thoughtful you are to choose this topic haha....

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      Lo 7 years ago

      How would you go about undoing a frontal closure bra with those ever so poular plastic type clasp thing. How do you undo those and correctly?

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      Garrett Mickley 7 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      Thanks, I could use the tips.

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      Marc 7 years ago

      Man's sweetest part of foreplay

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      Vincent 7 years ago

      I knew you'd say that, removing bra technique is definitely not for a lady. They used to do everyday and for so many years. For a man, they only do it when they are asked to do so.

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      lamincome 7 years ago

      Haha! Thanks for the article!!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice topic and I really enjoy to read this as a new information. I'll show this to my future wife. Thank you very much!

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 years ago

      Good read !

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks guys!

      Priceman: A pillow makes a surprisingly good dummy in the absense of real women.

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      Priceman 7 years ago from Northampton, England

      Funny, although I assume you need a willing party to have you practice on them... or do you purchase a manequin? Hehe

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi thoogun

      Strong velcro is the answer :-)

      Funny Hub and a useful tutorial

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      Terry Chestnutt 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Why doesn't anybody ever tell me these things!? lol!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I was not going to read this hub, until I glanced at the first sentence: "This guide is primarily aimed at men, who, for whatever reason (a sudden back ache?) are intent on unfastening those medieval contraptions we fondly call bras." Curiosity took charge and I read what I had to learn the hard way... I learned patience! I learned you do not need scissors! I learned you cannot "tear a bra apart..." I learned someone is inside that danged contraption... designed to foil eager young-at-heart would be helpful, wanting to do the "right" thing man...

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hehee- this is fantastic!

      And bra removal via cutlass- LOL.

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      i scribble 7 years ago

      I thought this would be funny, and it delivered. And I feel your pain, guys, because I injured my right shoulder a couple years ago and had to learn to reach around to unfasten with my left, which is much harder, because bra hooks fasten a certain direction (easier to reach from the right). But I guess that would be your left if you're facing the woman, right???

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      Steimy 7 years ago from Essex ON Canada

      Another good one Thoog. The wife and I had to laugh.

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you all! Glad it made you smile :)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      ah how I needed a good giggle this evening. .thanks for making that happen!

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      Alissa Margaret 7 years ago

      Very funny hub :)

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      But can you unhook one with a cutlass?

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      leeberttea 7 years ago

      Oh please! I can unhook any bra with two fingers on one hand!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Ha ha ha.. Well done!! Thank you. It made me laugh.