Updated date:

How To Take Off a Bra

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!


sweetguide from River side on February 14, 2012:

I Like the topic and presentation. Keep rocking dear thooghun

Misha on December 13, 2011:

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

bt i love my breasts.

u guys can remove my bra

rafiq on September 21, 2011:

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

funmontrealgirl from Montreal on March 22, 2011:

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

karan on December 27, 2010:

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

martin90williams on August 16, 2010:

very very very very useful hub!

I love it!!!!!...one 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.

kingkhan78 on August 16, 2010:

very interesting hub information about Remove A Bra thanks for sharing

nikitha p from India on August 14, 2010:

nice hub, I like it.

Medical Writer from Great Britain on August 13, 2010:

Have to give this a try.

Lo on August 13, 2010:

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.

femguy on August 13, 2010:

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.

James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on August 13, 2010:

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 ;)

CarpetDiem from Southern California on August 13, 2010:


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?

Lo on August 10, 2010:

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

James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on August 10, 2010:

Francine, I like the pun

Francine Smith on August 10, 2010:

Wanna get it off?

Just ask ;-)

Propose sms on August 10, 2010:

This Helped me to impress here...lolz

evilia_lim from Jakarta, Indonesia on August 10, 2010:

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

Lo on August 09, 2010:

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?

Garrett Mickley from Jupiter, Florida on August 09, 2010:

Thanks, I could use the tips.

Marc on August 08, 2010:

Man's sweetest part of foreplay

Vincent on August 07, 2010:

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.

lamincome on August 07, 2010:

Haha! Thanks for the article!!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 05, 2010:

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!

FirstStepsFitness on August 04, 2010:

Good read !

James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on August 02, 2010:

Thanks guys!

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

Priceman from Northampton, England on August 02, 2010:

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

Shinkicker from Scotland on August 01, 2010:

Hi thoogun

Strong velcro is the answer :-)

Funny Hub and a useful tutorial

Terry Chestnutt from Cleveland, Ohio on July 31, 2010:

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

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on July 31, 2010:

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...

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 31, 2010:

Hehee- this is fantastic!

And bra removal via cutlass- LOL.

i scribble on July 31, 2010:

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???

Steimy from Essex ON Canada on July 31, 2010:

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

James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on July 31, 2010:

Thank you all! Glad it made you smile :)

Shari from New York, NY on July 30, 2010:

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

Alissa Margaret on July 30, 2010:

Very funny hub :)

James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on July 30, 2010:

But can you unhook one with a cutlass?

leeberttea on July 30, 2010:

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

msorensson on July 30, 2010:

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

Related Articles