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Front Fastening Bras For Elderly

5 great benefits!

Written on 05 January 2022

Front fastening bras for elderly


If you’re a lady of a certain age and are struggling to secure your bra behind your back, then you may be wondering if there are options for front fastening bras for elderly people. The great news is that there are plenty of options to choose from as front fastening bras can benefit older people who:

  • Might not have the flexibility to reach behind their backs
  • Are suffering from arthritis 
  • Want to smooth out their back silhouette 
  • Have recently had surgery 
  • Need an easier way to put on a bra without the usual bending and twisting involved

As we age, fiddly things like doing up bras can become more difficult as our mobility starts to decline. A front fastening bra is designed to make doing up a bra as easy as possible without unnecessary stretching, twisting or discomfort that can sometimes be experienced with a traditional back fastening bra.

By having the hook and eye, popper or velcro closures at the front of the bra on your chest between your breasts instead of behind you, it’s simply a case of looking down and pulling the bra together and fastening. Closing a front fastening bra can be made even easier again by using a mirror as you secure the band.

Whether it’s due to surgery, not being as flexible as you once were, or you’re just looking for an easier way to keep your breasts in place without that tricky fiddlly process behind your back, then front fastening bras are a brilliant option for elderly ladies to consider.


Looking for a front fastening bra? Shop the range from Uplifted Lingerie here.


Bras From Uplifted Lingerie 


Whether you're growing old gracefully or disgracefully, bras are one of those things that most ladies need in their lives. While tastes and mobility might change with age, there are plenty of styles of bras available that can suit our changing needs as we get older. 

Just like regular fastening bras, front fasteners come in a wide variety of brands, styles, materials, colours and sizes to suit all budgets. They can be wired or underwired, simple or fancy, and can have complimentary matching knicker sets available too. 

At uplifted lingerie, we have a great selection of front fastening bras available in sizes 32B/C to 42H. 


How Do They Work?

Depending on the style of your bra, most front closing bras will either have a typical hook-and-eye closure, simple poppers, or a single plastic clip or metal clasp. Sometimes you may find a velcro fastening too which is a particularly brilliant option post-surgery or for older ladies that struggle with fingertip dexterity due to arthritis for example. 

It couldn’t be easier to put on a front closing bra - simply slip your arms through the straps, position the bra on your chest and reach up to secure the fastening in the centre of your chest. 

Just like a regular bra, you should then always check the fit and support of your bra by leaning forward to make sure your breasts are properly positioned in the cup and that the band is lying flat against your body to prevent any unnecessary rubbing or discomfort. Finally, make sure the straps are adjusted so that they don’t slip off your shoulders or dig in either. 

Benefits Of Front Fastening Bras 

Lady fastening a front fastening bra with poppers

There are plenty of benefits to switching over to front fastening bras as we age, and here are just a few of our favourites. 

No more wiggling! 

If you’ve ever closed your bra in front of you then spun it around before shimmying it into place, then why not cut that process down? A front closing bra means that when you hook the bra over your shoulders, it’s already in the right position and ready for you to fasten at the front. This removes the need to twist, pull and wiggle it around to the correct position like you would with a bra with a regular back fastening.

Smooth out back rolls 

It’s no secret that as we age our ability to build muscle reduces. Whilst this isn’t an issue for most people, it can lead to an increase in backfat for some, particularly as our mobility declines and we do less physical activity than we used to. 

If you're suffering from a soft back and get overspill or bumps around your band line, then a front closing bra can help to smooth out your back and create a streamlined silhouette in whatever outfit you’re wearing. The smooth, wide back that front-closing bras come with is brilliant at eliminating any rolls and dents that a traditional back-closing bra can create. If the problem of overspill is particularly bad for you in a standard bra, then you may also be wearing the wrong bra size and may benefit from a fitting. 

Read our fitting guide here for everything you need to know. 

Much Less Fiddly 

There’s not a lady out there who hasn’t uttered a few choice words when doing up a bra at some point in their lives. We all know that bra fastenings can be tricky as the best of time, but as we age, we can lose dexterity in our hands and fingers which makes fastening a bra behind your back even more fiddly than it used to be. Combine this with conditions like arthritis which commonly affect the elderly too, then a front fastening bra is a great option to consider as it simplifies the whole process of putting on your bra and can prevent unnecessary back, shoulder or arm pain if you already struggle with mobility or pain in these areas.

Great for all kinds of outfits. 

Most front closing bras tend to have low necklines. This means you can still wear all of your favourite tops and dresses when wearing one, and won’t have to worry about your bra being on show even if you have a lower cut top on. If you still enjoy putting outfits together and want to feel confident in your bra then there are plenty of styles and materials to choose from. From lace, racerbacks, posture support, sporty styles, t-shirt bras and much more, bra shopping doesn’t have to be any less fun as you age.


Looking for a front fastening bra? Shop the range from Uplifted Lingerie here.



We hope this article has given you some useful insight into front fastening bras for elderly women. To recap, front fastening bras can be a brilliant option if you’re no longer able to bend, stretch and twist to secure a bra behind your back or if you suffer from painful conditions such as arthritis or poor mobility in your hands and fingers which can make fastening a bra behind you difficult. 

Elderly women should consider front fastening bras when:

  • They can’t reach behind their back 
  • They are suffering from arthritis in your hands and fingers
  • They want to smooth out their back silhouette
  • They need an easier way to put on a bra without the usual bending and twisting involved.

Whether you’re looking for style, comfort or simply the ease of use that a front fastening bra can provide, head over to the store at where you will find a brilliant selection of bras and lingerie to choose from. 

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