Woman realizes she's been wearing her bra wrong for 20 years after reading guide

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 29, 2018
09:27 A.M.

A woman named Brittany Packnett was advised by a friend to try a designer bra called Third Love. Her friend had always spoken highly of the brand citing its comfortability.


Heeding her friend’s advice, Packnett chose to try it. Upon reading a tag attached to the bra, she came to realize that she’d been wearing her bras wrong all along and took to Twitter with the revelation.

Packnett is a Twitter user who identifies herself as an activist, educator, and writer. She took on the role of educator when she realized that she had been wearing her bras wrong for 20 years.

In a Twitter post, Packnett showed the tag from a Third Love bra that gave detailed instructions on how to properly wear a bra. In a series of tweets, the woman explained what she’d learned.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The bra’s tag had a three-step guide with pictures that showed how to wear a bra the correct way.

In her tweets, Packnett confessed that she had never paid any attention to the tag that came with her bra. Like most women, she assumed she was wearing her bras correctly.

Then one day she casually took a look at it and became curious enough to read it. At the same time, she thought to herself that there would be nothing new to discover from the tag.

The instructions on the tag were simply titled ‘How to put on a bra.’ Packnett shared that she practically laughed at the heading because she had been wearing bras for so many years.

As she read the simple instructions, she was surprised by what she found. According to the lingerie brand, she had been wearing her bras wrong since the beginning.

‘.@ThirdLove just told I’ve been putting on my bras wrong for twenty years. You probably have, too.’

Brittany Packnett, Twitter, October 12, 2017

‘MY WHOLE POST-PUBESCENT LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE,’ she wrote in her second tweet. The first instruction read that one should wear a bra on the loosest hook.


The second rule was to place each breast in a cup. However, Packnett was in for a surprise when she read the third instruction.

In her third post, she reacted in a shocked manner to the first instruction and the last one which recommended tightening the straps on an irregular month cycle.

The activist also made it a point to clarify that she wasn’t advertising for the brand. She admitted that she’d just gotten tired of hearing her friend tell her that Third Love bras were comfortable.


Packnett also confessed that her bra was on the second clasp as she tweeted. She also admitted that she had smaller breasts and had never thought about placing them in their cups when she wore her bras.

Packnett vowed to give the rules a full day test but admitted that, so far, she could feel the difference and the instructions were working. Many women came posted in reply to her thread and admitted that they too; had been wearing their bras wrong.


Good Housekeeping spoke to Lexie Sachs from the Good Housekeeping Institute about the right way to wear a bra. She revealed that the lingerie brand had good tips but they weren’t necessarily a general rule for everyone.

“But the benefit of what’s described here is to account for the bra stretching out. If it fits on the loosest hook and stretches out, you can always switch to a tighter hook,” Sachs explained.


She added that the same thing applied to the straps. Sachs said if they stretch over time, it would be a good idea to tighten them to make sure you’re getting the right support.

She concluded that a good bra needs to have a good stretch recovery. This means it must be able to regain its shape after being stretched out during use.

Instead of needing to tighten your straps every other month, it’s a good idea to make sure your bra still fits every other month.

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