Front closure bras are popular due to their ease of use.
But it’s not just their unique fastening system that makes them beneficial.
So, how do front closure bras work?
- Front closure bras generally completely remove the hook and eye fastening from the back of the bra and put it at the front of the bra
- Bras that open at the front will generally use a number of hook and eye clasps, velcro, magnets, a large single hook or a zip to close the bra
- Front opening bras allow people with a poor range of motion to easily put on a bra
- Front closure bras are known for their great postural support as the back of the bra is built stronger without the need for hook and eye clasps on the back
What fastening system is best?
This will depend a bit on who is wearing the bra and what the bra is being used for.
People with poor eye sight or athritis will benefit from a large single hook as it’s not too hard to co-ordinate.
Women seeking a high impact Sports Bra will be best with either a long row of hooks or a long zip to ensure a firm compressive hold.
Ladies seeking an alternative to everyday support could be best in a short run of hook and eye clasps.
Women with a disability may be best in velcro as it is easiest and requires less precision.
How do front closure bras offer support?
Front snap bras (as many people call them) will often be built with broad full back designs and wide straps. These design features can be used more readily in front closing bras as they don’t have to worry about incorporating a tradition bra hook and eye clasp in to the design.
The full back design really works to move the weight of the bust from the front to the back, which is generally a stronger group of muscles and bears the load easily.
We also often see broad straps in front opening bra designs. This also helps to distribute any pressure that does remain on the shoulder more broadly and reduced general shoulder discomfort or shoulder grooves.
How do front closure bras adjust?
Front closure bras generally do not have as many adjustment points as a traditional bra.
But, that being said, for this reason they are generally built with stronger rigid fabrics that don’t stretch quickly.
Adjustability is a great way to ensure lifespan of the bra is optimized because as it stretches you can then tighten the bra to firm up the fit.
There are some front closure bras that do have adjustment in the strap length or around the ribcage, but these can be harder to find.
As mentioned, because the overall fabrics are firmer you don’t have to worry about the bras stretching out as quickly. These firmer materials are the best asset we can have in a bra for lifespan.
At the end of the day, front closure bras work to make life easier being easier to get on and off. With the added benefit that the bras are generally designed to be nice and supportive bras which also works to add value to the wearer. It’s a win, win!