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Which bra personality are you? How our character is coloured by the way we put on lingerie


When it comes to putting on your bra, are you a 'hook it from the front, then swivel it to the back' type of person? Or would you classify yourself as a 'threads arms through and fastens from the back' woman? 

According to one body language and human behaviour expert, the way we put our bra on reveals a lot about our personality. 

Akin to the Myers-Brigg test, Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma says she can read our character types from the way we treat the undergarment. 

“There are four distinct personality types—drivers, influencers, supporters, and careful correctors—who tend to have very unique ways of doing things, even small tasks,” she tells Redbook. “Everything you do—and the way you do it—comes together to form a story about yourself, and there's no reason your undergarments shouldn't be a part of that.”

Not convinced? Find your fastening technique below and see if you fall into the correct category.

Sophia Loren in 1963

Sophia Loren in 1963

Your bra technique vs personality type

If you clasp your bra from the back...

You're a supporter. This “means you like to stick to tradition and tend to follow along with what you've always been taught”.

If you clasp your bra in the front, then rotate it to the back...

You're an influencer. “You're a woman who likes to feel appreciated, supported, and look the part that you're presenting yourself as (businesswoman, mom, sexy wife, whatever), and your lingerie fits into that.”

If you use a front clasping bra...

You're a driver. “As a driver, you look at life as a no-time-to-waste opportunity, so no one will find you fumbling with clasps that you can't even see. That's why you opt for a front-clasper—so you can efficiently get it done and move on with your day.”

You clasp your bra and slide it over your head...

 You're a perfectionist: “Consider yourself a careful corrector, meaning you like to make sure things are done right.”

Of course, the way to put on a bra has been debated for decades and we often adopt the way our mothers, sisters, friends and other women in our lives taught us.

During the Roman Empire, women began to wear breast bands to ensure their breasts didn't sag as they got older. Only in the 16th century, corsets were invented as some form of breast support and finally, in 1866, the first bra was invented in the UK, and was made of silk and wire.

However, as far as we know, it didn't come with a guide on how to exactly put it on. Perhaps it really does say something about the way we act and treat our clothes. Don't even get us started on the 'how do you wear a jumper' debate...

Images: Rex Features



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