Breast Shape Am I?
We’re all about finding your perfect bra size here at Brastop, but it’s important not to overlook another key element of finding the perfect fit: understanding your breast shape!
Just like the rest of our bodies, our boobs are all perfectly unique which can make a little trickier than just being ‘big’ or ‘small’. To help you understand your breast shape and what works best for each shape, we’ve put together this handy guide on the 7 main breast shapes.
7 Breast Shapes Defined
As far as breasts go, round boobs are the archetype and used by many manufacturers when they design their new styles.
Round breasts are evenly full at the top, bottom and sides, coming to a slight point at the nipple. If you have round breasts, you’re lucky that most bra shapes will work for you and as you’ll have little need for additional structure or shaping, you can opt for seamless and thin, non-padded styles without any issues.
East West breasts
Having an East West shape means that your breasts gravitate towards the outside of your chest.
Usually this is seen by having nipples that point outwards, or the volume of your bust sitting away from the centre of your chest leaving a bit of a gap in the middle.
Side set breasts
Side set breasts look similar to East West breasts above but with a key difference that sets them apart.
Typically, side set breasts will be more evenly full with a less sideways-pointing shape, and instead will have a wider gap at your cleavage. This larger gap means you’ll often be able to get a great fit in styles that have a taller centre gore, like full cup bras, as there’s plenty of room for it to sit flush against your sternum.
If you have side set boobs and want more cleavage, a plunge bra would be a great choice to pull your bust up-and-in.
Tear Drop breasts
Just like it says on the tin, tear drop shaped breasts are rounded and fuller at the bottom with slightly less fullness at the top – creating a tear drop shaped silhouette.
Those of you lucky enough to have tear drop shaped boobs can get away with most styles of bra, as they are easy to fit into different cup shapes.
What you see is what you get when it comes to slender breasts! Usually on the smaller end of the scale, they will be fuller at the bottom and be longer than they are wide.
With a slender breast shape you may find your nipples point downwards or sit lower, and that your breast tissue doesn’t extend much further than your breast root.
The best bra for adding some extra ‘oomph’ to slender boobs is a padded style with a thin foam lining to add a bit more volume and give added uplift.
Bell shape breasts
Like side set breasts are similar to East West breasts, bell shape breasts are similar to slender breasts but tend to be more pendulous. Bell shaped breasts tend to be heavy, with a lot of their fullness sitting below the breast root.
Try to avoid seamless styles if you have bell shaped breasts, as they typically don’t offer as much support as a bra with seamed cups.
Almost everyone has one breast larger or fuller than the other, but it’s often not too noticeable and is usually less than a cup size difference. If you find your breasts are noticeably different in volume by a cup size or more, then your main breast shape is asymmetric.
If this sounds like you, opt for a style that has a stretch lace top cup as this will flex and fit to your bust comfortably. T-shirt bras can also work as, thanks to their rigid structure, when they’re under clothes you won’t be able to see a gap on your smaller side. You can also buy padded or gel inserts to wear in the cup of your smaller breast if you want to balance them out.
Remember you should always fit your bras to your larger breast to ensure you don’t cause any pain or damage to your breast tissue from too-small wires on the bigger side!
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