Have you ever tried a front closure bra before? Most bras buckle in the back, but front closing bras are the second most popular option. So, why might you wear a bra with a front closure? What are front closure bras for? When should a front close bra be worn? All these answers are below along with a Buy & Try section for many types of front closure bras for many sizes and needs.

Hurray! As always, I’m sharing my years of bra fitting experience to help you say hurray inside, outside, and underneath™. Use the information here to make a loving and informed decision about what to put on your body, right over your heart.

Psst! Some of the brands linked here are proud partners of mine, like Le Mystere and AnaOno (so grateful to share them with you!) or I may get a small thank you if you purchase through me. Your purchase through links like these helps a lot in keeping articles like this coming your way. Either way, I always share items that I truly love and can help you say hurray!

Kimmay is wearing AnaOno – Jaimelee Front Closure Lace Bra

What is a Front Closure Bra?

A front closure bra is a bra that clasps closed in the front of the bra. Typically it will close at the “center gore”, or the part of the band directly between the bust. Front close bras can clasp with a slider buckle or a traditional hook and eye. They can also have just one, or several clasps up and down.

Kimmay is wearing AnaOno – Jaimelee Front Closure Lace Bra

When to wear a Front Closure Bra

Bras with a front closure can be worn whenever you like! And, there are some specific reasons why front closure bras are great for some folks. Bra wearers with specific needs can benefit from wearing a front close bra because of how they are put on, clasp, or adjust. Here are just a few time when it can be best to wear a front closure bra:

  • Folks with mobility issues (especially in the shoulders or arms)
  • Post surgery (especially if it impedes mobility)
  • Arthritis or other pain
  • For a smooth, no closure back (great for certain outfits)
  • For a racerback top
  • For a fun design in the back
  • For a deep, front plunge (some front closure bras have a very small center gore)

Think about your wardrobe needs and your physical needs and see if a front closure would suit you, and help you say hurray!

Kimmay is wearing Le Mystere – Sheer Illusion Racerback Bra

Pros and Cons of Front Closure Bras

Most of the pros of a front close bra were listed above. Wearing one can support your physical and wardrobe needs! That being said, there are some “cons” [or at least things to think about] when it comes to buying and trying a front closure bra.

One main issue with front close bras is that they often only have one closure, while most back closure bras have three to four columns for closure. With more columns, there is more opportunity for a better fit, especially as the bra stretches. Some bras with a front clasp do have more than one row, but traditionally it’s just the one.

Additionally, many front closure bras have a deep plunge with just the one clasp. This can be great if you want a lower front, and difficult if a lower front doesn’t suit your needs. Remember, front close bras do come with various amounts of clasps, including several heights. Find what works best for you!

Kimmay is wearing Le Mystere – Sheer Illusion Racerback Bra

Buy & Try Front Closure Bras

What you wear on your body, right over your heart is up to you! Below are some great options to buy & try for yourself. You can pop by a local boutique and try some of these, order online, or buy at a department store. There are many options out there and below is a round up of some of the most popular, accessible, or downright “hurray” bras out there. Which will you buy and try for yourself?

Front Closure Molded Cup Bras

The benefit of wearing a smooth, molded cup bra is that it provides a seamless look under tight tops and tees, and it can provide some modesty if you don’t want your nipples showcased. Le Mystere makes some of my most favorite bras and is so reliable for the everyday go-to options. This front closure style is no different! I loved wearing the mesh back on a super hot day in NYC because it was breathable, and the smooth cups look great underneath just about anything. Hurray! Try it for yourself or take a look at some of the other options below.

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Le Mystere – Sheer Illusion Racerback Bra

  • Racerback style with wide, mesh band material
  • Rose gold hardware detail with front closure
  • Fully adjustable straps for adjustability
  • Super thin and seamlessly smooth “Techno thin” cups are great for clingy tops and t-shirts
  • Bands sizes 32-38 and US Cups sizes B-G/DDDD. I’m wearing a 34DD/E!
Montelle – Ultimate Back Smoothing Bra
Bali – Comfort Revolution Front Close Shaping Underwire

Natori – Zone Front Close Bra

Front Closure Unlined Bras

Dominique – Meryl Front Closure Minimizer Bra
Wacoal – Body by Wacoal Racerback Underwire Bra
Gossard – Superboost Deep V Bra

Front Closure Wire-Free Bras

It’s no secret that I adore AnaOno for their “boob inclusive” products and wire-free bras. Even though these were made with post surgical needs in mind, they work great for all kinds of busts and bodies. I have natural breasts and still wear these cozy bras! Not to mention, they are downright cute. Check out the featured lace style below (just one front close option from this brand) along with other wire-free options!

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AnaOno – Jaimelee Front Closure Lace Bra

  • Front closure with two columns of several hooks and eyes for adjustiliby and security
  • Gorgeous, soft fully lined lace cups
  • Buttery soft modal material feels luxurious and comfortable.
  • Built-in pockets are great for lightweight breast forms or prostheses (I wore it without)
  • Adjustable dual straps for a great fit
  • This style does not come with modesty pads, but they are available to purchase separately here.
Cosabella – Never Say Never Front Closure Bra
Thistle & Spire – Medusa Bralette
Amoena – Frances Front Closure Leisure Bra

Front Closure Petite Bust Bras

The Little Bra Company – Alana Racerback
Anita – Petite Plus-Size Front Closure Bra
Fruit of the Loom – Comfort Front Close Bra

Front Closure Full Bust Bras

Wacoal – Perfect Primer Front Close Underwire Bra
Curvy Couture – Plus Size Tulip Lace Front Close T-Shirt Bra
Glamorise – Plus Size WonderWire® Front Close Bra

Front Closure Full Figure Bras

Just My Size – Pure Comfort® Front-Close Wirefree Bra (1X-6X)
Glamorise – Full Figure Plus Size Front Close Lace T-Back WonderWire® Bra
Elila – Jacquard Front-Close Wireless Bra

Front Closure Posture Bras

Leonisa – Back Support Wireless Bra
Exquisite Form – Full-Coverage Wire-Free Posture Bra
Glamorise – MagicLift® Front Close Posture Bra (up to K cup and 58 band!)

Front Closure Racerback / Convertible Bras

b.tempt’d – Inspired Eyelet Front Close T-Shirt Bra
Maidenform – Everyday Full Coverage Racerback Bra
Hanes – Ultimate Comfortblend T-Shirt Front Close Bra

Front Closure Pocketed Bras

Wacoal – B-Smooth® Front Close Bralette
AnaOno – Rora Pocketed Front Closure Bra
Anita – Lynn Mastectomy Bra

Front Closure Sports Bras

SheFit – Flex Sports Bra
Enell – High Impact Sports Bra
Champion – Motion Control Zip Sports Bra
Remember that even the best bras out there need to fit in order to feel comfortable, and that comfort will provide you with all day (and night) confidence! If you wear bras, grab a spot in my Free Bra Class to check on the fit of your bras and take your first step toward saying hurray inside, outside, and underneath™!
Your turn: Have you tried a front closure bra before? Which style here do you want to test out for yourself? Come over to @hurraykimmay on Instagram and tell me everything!
Credits: Photos by Andrew Werner during the #hurrayvacay trip to NYC! Makeup by Beauty Marks NYC/Ashley Capone. Absolutely no air brushing or filtering my body! What you see is what you get. Always. Special thanks to our proud partners (and amazing brands!) LeMystere and AnaOno.