How to unhook a bra strap

Written by rachel asher
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How to unhook a bra strap
Opening a bra takes practice. (hand and bra image by Vasiliy Koval from

Bra straps are the plastic electronics casing of the intimate apparel world: They're there to be opened, will cut you if you fight them too hard and are deceptively simple. The biggest secret when it comes to opening a bra strap is practice, so buy a cheap bra at a nearby superstore and get to work. You'll be a bra strap-opening machine in no time, and the ladies will think you're a champ.

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Things you need

  • Pillow
  • Bra

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  1. 1

    Fasten the bra onto a pillow. This will adequately simulate how it will feel when the bra is on the girl of your choice.

  2. 2

    Get to know your enemy: the hook-and-eye clasp on the back of the bra. Use two hands to open and close the clasp. At this point, feel free to get up close and examine it, wrestle with it and twist it. Don't get frustrated: Keep opening and closing the clasp until it starts to get easier.

  3. 3

    Open the clasp with one hand. Rub your left hand along the back of the bra until you feel the point where the hook and eye join. Use your middle finger and thumb to lift up and pinch the join together.

  4. 4

    Smear your middle finger down against your thumb, working your way down toward your palm. Keep a firm grip on the hook and eye between your fingers. This should pull apart the clasp. Be careful not to pinch the pillow, which will eventually be a girl's back. Don't lift the clasp too far off the pillow; if the clasp slips out from between your fingers, it will snap painfully against the girl's back. Repeat this step until you are comfortable opening the bra strap with one hand.

  5. 5

    Hold the pillow to you with the front of the bra against your chest. Close your eyes and try to open the clasp by reaching around the back of the pillow. Steal a glance if you need to, but your aim is to be able to open the bra easily and without looking. Practice makes perfect.

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