Here are a few tips for the best bra shape for you and your shape.
Shallow: About 10 percent of women are shaped like this. Picture a ski slope: You start at the top and go down to the nipple. You can be born with breasts like this, or they can turn this way after breast-feeding.
The best bra: If you want fullness and still have a little fullness left in your breasts you want a push-up with crescent-shaped padding, which will push the lower breast tissue up, bringing your breasts together.
Settled: Twenty-seven percent of women are shaped like this. This is a nicer way of saying that your breasts are deflated or hanging. You need support and you need to pull those girls up! As you age, breasts are not as firm, but they are malleable, so you can form them into any shape you want. If you are quite hollow above the nipple it can be difficult to push up and have a nice round look.
The best bra: A well-structured, multi-part bra that has cup has seams in it. Seams give your breasts great structure and a nice shape. The rule with bras is the more seams the more lift!
Splayed: Twenty-seven percent of women are shaped like this. Splayed means your breasts go east-west, so you want to bring ‘em in toward the center.
The best bra: Deco/Plunge bras will push more of your breast into centre. Look at the center panel of a bra and see how the cups are attached. You want to look for a triangular piece in between where the wires meet, and side support panels in the cups will help push breasts center too.
Semi-supported: About 30 percent of women have this shape. You don’t quite have the fullness of a 16-year-old girl who just got her breasts in, but you still have a good amount of elasticity to your breasts.
The best bra: All bras will look great.
Conical: About 6 to 7 percent of women are shaped like this. Generally, a woman who is a C-cup or smaller. The breasts are cone shaped rather than round.
The best bra: Look fuller with padded bras. If you push the apex in, you get more of a natural breast shape.
Uneven: Forty-two percent of women. This is when one breast is larger than the other. Most women have uneven breasts simply because if you’re right-handed, that muscle makes the breast on your right side smaller.
The best bra: Always fit your bra to your largest breast. Look for bras that are contour-cupped. A bra cup with a thin layer of foam can act as a nice filler to mold the smallness of your other breast. The spacer foam material used in many bras today is really fantastic for those of us that are uneven.
Thin: About 5 percent of women have this shape. If you look in medical journals, this shape is referred to as “tubular breasts.” What that means your breasts are not as wide as the traditional underwire of bras.
The best bra: Bandeau bras. By “smooshing” the breasts together, you make them less “long,” if you will. A contour cup will also work.
Full: Your breast are very full on top no matter what your age and often you can’t find a bra that will separate the breasts.
The best bra: Often your best bra will be a demi cup or a soft cut and sewn cup with a high centre. If you cannot get a bra to fit flat to the chest in between the breast it is often best to look for a low plunge but full coverage bra.
Self-supported: Sixteen percent of women. This would be a code word for implants. Anyone with augmentation would fall into this category. With or without a bra, breasts are supported.
The best bra: All types—the reason for the bra here is to simply create whatever look you want.