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Breast Types

When it comes to bras, unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all solution. This guide is designed to help you determine you breast shape, and which bra styles will best complement you. While we have done our best to include the most common breast types, completely classifying something as individual as breasts would be close to impossible! You may find that your breasts have characteristics of several of the types listed here. In this case, you may find it useful to combine fitting tips for different types to come up with a solution that works best for you.

 

Touching

Touching

Wideset

Wideset

Separated

Separated

Round or Augmented

Round or Augmented

Pendulous

Pendulous

Swooping

Swooping

Shrunken

Shrunken

Full & Large

Full & Large

Uneven

Uneven

Teardrop

Teardrop

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Touching

Breasts that are touching are full and round, and are usually characteristic of a larger breast. Touching breasts leave little to no space between them, making it more difficult to find a bra in which the center wires lie flat against the sternum and separate the breasts properly.

Best Styles
Bras that work best for touching breasts, are often full coverage and full support styles with strong underwires (such as the Elomi or Panache brands) that will separate the breasts. Plunge bras and balconette bras often work well too. Because the center wires are lower, the short wires can lie flat between the breasts, while revealing sexy, yet well-controlled cleavage.

Parfait Nina

Parfait Nina

Curvy Couture Sexy Plunge

Curvy Couture Sexy Plunge

Elomi Caitlyn

Elomi Caitlyn

Masquerade Rhea

Masquerade Rhea

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Wide Set

Wide set breasts can be either full and round or small and shallow. This breast type is characterized by a prominent space between the breasts. For a woman with large breasts, this can make finding a bra with a wide enough underwire to encompass the breast difficult. For a smaller breast, this can make cleavage difficult to achieve!

Best Styles
Bras that work best for large, wide set breasts are those with wide frames that are designed to encapsulate each breast. Typically, the underwires in these bras extend farther under the arm than a regular bra style. For a small, wide set breast a bra that has a wide frame is also recommended; but if cleavage is desired, then a good ultra push-up bra will do the trick!

Elomi Caitlyn

Elomi Caitlyn

Prima Donna Deauville

Prima Donna Deauville

Montelle Prodigy

Montelle Prodigy Push Up

Chantelle C Chic

Chantelle C Chic

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Separated

Breasts with natural separation usually have about 1/2” to 1” of space between the breasts and are not touching or wide set. This breast is in-between the previous two, contrasting types.

Best Styles
Most bra styles work best with a separated breast, because the natural space accommodates both strong underwires and deep cups, or flexible underwires and shallow cups. So the good news is, you have lots of options!

Panache Andorra

Panache Andorra

Empriente Melody

Empriente Melody

Felina Grace

Felina Grace

Chantelle Orsay

Chantelle Orsay

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Round or Augmented

Round breasts can be natural or augmented. Naturally round breasts are usually very firm and because of their fullness, they are often close-set or touching. Augmented breasts are full and can vary from firm to quite solid, depending on whether the implant was placed over or under the pectoral muscles.

Best Styles
For naturally round breasts, a bra with deep cups and a strong underwire will provide the support and separation that is needed. For augmented breasts, depending on the firmness, a cut-and-sewn bra with strong underwires, a plunge, or a balconette style is usually best. A full-coverage t-shirt bra or a bra with shallow cups is usually not a very good option for a round or augmented breast, simply because the stiff foam does not conform well to a firm, round breast tissue. However, a plunging t-shirt bra or a flexible, moulded spacer foam can work well.

Prima Donna Madison Plunge

Prima Donna Madison Plunge

Parfait Celine

Parfait Celine

Curvy Couture Sexy Plunge

Curvy Couture Sexy Plunge

Curvy Kate Daisy Chain

Curvy Kate Daisy Chain

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Pendulous

Pendulous breasts are characterized by soft breast tissue and sometimes deflated breast tissue – often with the nipple pointing downwards. Deflated or soft tissue can sometimes be caused by having nursed children, if you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight or if you are in your wiser years. This breast type is called “pendulous” because the shape of the breast is typically longer in shape and they sit a little lower on the body.

Best Styles
Bra styles that work well with a pendulous breast type are usually those that are considered t to “full support” or “cut-and-sewn”. These styles of bras are constructed to have deeper cups. A bra that is made of a firm fabric on the bottom of the cup and a stretch lace along the top is ideal for this breast type. 

Grenier Jacquard

Grenier Jacquard

Felina Melina

Felina Melina

Elomi Caitlyn Softcup

Elomi Caitlyn Softcup

Warners Cut and Sewn

Warners Cut and Sewn

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Swooping

Swooping breasts are those that are full on the bottom and not very full on the top. Typically, the swooping breast descends until the areola (nipple), and becomes fuller below the areola. The swooping breast can be either firm or soft, but is most often characterized by a combination of soft tissue on the top and firmer, fuller tissue on the bottom of the breast.

Best Styles
Bra styles that work best for a swooping breast typically are shallow cups with a less round shape. Most seamless bras work well for a swooping breast, but keep in mind that soft cups and spacer foam are better suited to a soft breast tissue than a stiff, moulded foam cup. Cut-and-sewn or padded balconettes are also good options for a swooping breast, as this helps to create some fullness on top and prevents the puckering that a round, full coverage bra can create for a swooping breast.

Marie Jo Avero

Marie Jo Avero

Fitfully Yours Crystal

Fitfully Yours Crystal

Goddess Kiera

Goddess Kiera

Prima Donna Madison

Prima Donna Madison

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Soft or Deflated

Breasts that have lost their fullness over time, or after nursing or weight fluctuations, are referred to as soft or “deflated”. This type of breast tissue is usually not as round or full as the used to be; they are usually either pendulous or swooping. 

Best Styles
Bras that have stretch in the cup are usually better suited to a breast that has lost fullness. This is because breast tissue that has softened is often not full enough to completely fill out a deep, round cup and a stiff bra construction can emphasize areas that are not completely filled out. A stretchier cup forms to the breast smoothly, eliminating any puckering in the fabric that might result from lost fullness.

Elomi Amelia

Elomi Amelia

Conturelle Soft Touch

Conturelle Soft Touch

Chantelle C Magnifique

Chantelle C Magnifique

Prima Donna Menton

Prima Donna Menton

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Full & Large

“Large” breasts are usually G cups and above, but large breasts may also be E, F, and FF cups with 38 band sizes and above. Full breasts are usually large and rounded on top, as well as at the base of the breast. They can be of either soft or firm breast tissue.

Best Styles
Bras that work best for full or large breasts are those that are deep in the cup and have a strong underwire for separation. Cut-and-sewn, or “seamed” bras, provide the best fit and support for a larger breast, which is why seamless bras are rarely made in larger cup sizes.

Goddess Kiera

Goddess Kiera

Ulla Anne

Ulla Anne

Panache Envy

Panache Envy

Goddess Alice

Goddess Alice

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Uneven

When a woman has one breast that is slightly larger than the other (which is more common than one may think), her breasts are said to be “uneven.” If the level of size difference is low, it may not affect bra options at all; however, if the difference between breasts is a cup size or more then it may influence choices.

Best Styles
A woman with uneven breasts should always fit her bras to the larger breast. If the bra is fit to the smaller breast, the larger may put pressure on the bra’s construction, causing underwires to bend or break, and fabric/seams to wear more quickly. To de-emphasize any difference in size, she can either insert a little foam/silicone pad to fill any space in the cup on the smaller side, or she can go with a bra that has some stretch in the cup to form to each unique breast.

Felina Passion

Felina Passion

Panache Andorra

Panache Andorra

Grenier Jacquard Softcup

Grenier Jacquard Softcup

Parfait Nina

Parfait Nina

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Teardrop

Teardrop shaped breasts are an ideal breast shape in terms of bra fitting, because they are usually very easy to fit! This breast type is normally firm and fairly round, but they are not as full on top as a true round and full breast.

Best Styles
Women with this breast type can wear most styles of bras without much issue. Cut-and-sewn bras, moulded, seamless, plunge, balconette… are all suitable for this breast type, as long as the breast tissue is fairly firm. If you have teardrop shaped breasts… lucky you!

Rosa Faia Scarlett

Rosa Faia Scarlett

Secret D'eva Elise

Secret D’eva Elise

Felina Joy

Felina Joy

Parfait Celine

Parfait Celine