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When it comes to finding our perfect bra fit, many of us don’t consider anything beyond the band and cup sizes. However, important as those two are, they’re not the entire picture. Breasts come in different shapes as well as different sizes, and you’ll get the best fit in a bra that’s shaped like your own body.

For example, wide-set breasts need a bra with wide-set cups, and close-set breasts need cups that are close together. How shallow or deep your breasts are matters too. This article focuses on ‘projected’ breasts, and explains how to find a bra that will fit them well.

What are projected breasts?

Projected breasts are the opposite of shallow breasts – deep breasts, essentially, although the term ‘projected’ is more common. They are projected in the sense that when you bend over forwards or wear a supportive bra, they stick out quite far from your ribcage. Note that when you are braless, it’s possible that gravity will mean your breasts hang down more than they jut out forwards. The important thing is how they look when supported.

Projected breasts are often described as being very full or rounded. They are more common among larger sizes, although smaller-busted people can have them too. They’re also very likely to be your breast shape if you have implants.

Fit problems of projected breasts

People with projected breasts are pretty lucky, in that many bras are made to fit this kind of shape. You’re certainly less likely in general to have fit issues than someone with shallow breasts.

If you do have a fit problem, however, it’s probably going to be cup overspill. If you wear a bra that’s too shallow a shape for you, it will cut in and your breast tissue will end up bulging over the top. Also, because your bust sticks out quite far, a common complaint is shirt buttons that look strained or are constantly popping open.


Related: Why Does My Bra Look Lumpy Under Clothing?


bras for projected breasts

Vanna Unlined Wire Bra | Vanna Hipster in Bare/Ivory

Ideal bra styles for projected breasts

Horizontal seams

Bra seams have different functions depending on the direction they’re going in. A vertical seam is there to add lift. A horizontal seam, on the other hand, adds depth to the cup, so this is exactly what you need! It’s fine if the bra has both vertical and horizontal seams, by the way.

Narrow underwires

I am not referring to the thickness of the wire itself, but the curve it follows. Some underwires have a wider U shape than others – think of it as a cross-section of a cup versus a bowl. The part of your breasts that joins your chest is called the root, and projected breasts tend to have a smaller one. That’s why they stick out, because the breast tissue is not being spread out over a larger surface area.

A 36F with a narrow wire will typically have a deeper cup than a 36F with a wider one, so that they can both hold the same volume. Different brands use different wire styles as standard, so head to a store to compare a few or ask a bra fitter for recommendations.

Minimizer bras

If your problem isn’t finding bras that fit so much as it is finding shirts that won’t pop open, you might want to consider a minimizer bra. These compress your breasts down, making them flatter and wider. In other words, they reduce breast projection!

If you have projected breasts, what’s your biggest fit hang-up? And what are your preferred bra styles?


Related: What’s The Difference Between Projected Breasts and Shallow Breasts?


projected breasts

Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Enora Minimizer Bra | Enora Bikini in Raspberry

Whatever size or shape your breasts are, there’s something else they will be too – slightly different. Just like eyes or hands, no one has two perfectly identical breasts. On many people, however, these minor variations are imperceptible.

What are asymmetrical breasts?

When the difference between your breasts becomes noticeable, we call that having asymmetrical or uneven breasts. The larger breast may hang a little lower, or simply look a little fuller. Even then, it’s not always an issue. If your breasts are only different by half a cup size or less, you may not have even noticed!

The problem mostly comes when breasts are uneven by a cup size or more because, of course, bras are made assuming that you’ll wear the same letter on either side. Although asymmetrical breasts are very normal, that doesn’t make them any less frustrating to deal with when it comes to finding a bra that fits.

Fit problems of asymmetrical breasts

If you have asymmetrical breasts, you’ll have found yourself frequently faced with one of two problems: cup overflow, or cup gaping. It all depends on whether you’ve been buying bras to fit the smaller or larger breast. If your bra fits the smaller breast, it will dig in on the larger one. And if it fits the larger one, there’ll be excess room on the other side (leading to gaping or wrinkling, depending on the bra style).

So how do you find a bra that fits both breasts? You could buy bras to fit the larger breast, and then have them professionally tailored to take in the other cup. Your local lingerie boutique may be able to recommend a seamstress. For a cheaper, hassle-free solution though, try one of the bra styles below.


Related: How To Buy Bras For Different Sized Breasts


asymmetrical breast

Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Bikini in Blossom Print

Ideal bra styles for asymmetrical breasts

Stretch fabrics

Bras with stretchy cups will mold to whatever size and shape you have, so unless your cup size difference is especially pronounced, they will probably fit smoothly over both breasts. Remember that you can adjust each shoulder strap a little differently to tailor the fit of each cup.

However, because stretchy fabrics are less supportive, this solution is best suited to those with smaller chests or who don’t mind a lack of lift.

Molded cups

Molded cups hold their rounded shape both off and on the body, rather than molding to your body. Unliked an unlined bra, they won’t wrinkle if not completely filled. That means that they’ll create an evenly-shaped silhouette and, under clothing at least, disguise your asymmetry.

Remember to always fit the bra to your larger breast though, since cup overspill can be very noticeable under a fitted top!

Removable padding

Removable padded inserts are an asymmetrical girl’s best friend. The designer may have intended for them to be worn together, giving you an all-over boost, but there’s nothing to stop you keeping the padding in on one side only.

Most lingerie stores will sell ‘bra cookies’, gel or foam pads that you can pop inside a bra you already own. The benefit of buying a bra that comes with its own removable padding however is that it’s more subtle – there’s a built-in pocket for that pad, so it won’t fall out when your bra comes off.

How uneven are your breasts? Does it affect how bras fit you and the styles you end up choosing?


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


asymmetrical breasts

Adriana Lace Bralette | Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Marion Unlined Wire Bra | Marion Hipster in Pink Parfait

Does it feel like you’ve tried everything to get a bra that fits, including multiple band and cup sizes, and you’re still not quite there? The issue may not be one of size – it may be one of shape. Breasts and bras both come in a huge variety of different shapes, and the key to a perfect fit is to find the bra size and shape that best match what you’ve got.

One of the most helpful steps can be to work out whether you’ve got projected or shallow breasts. Just because two 34D cups hold the same overall volume, that doesn’t mean that they’re identical shapes. One bra may have cups that are deeper than the other, and if you’ve got shallow breasts then that’s going to cause fit problems.

What are shallow breasts?

Breast depth refers to how far out they protrude from your ribcage. Shallow breasts, as the name suggests, don’t stick out far. Although they have the same amount of total tissue as a same-sized pair of deeper breasts, the shallow ones have a wider base and often begin higher on the chest too, spreading that volume out over a larger surface area.

Imagine that you’ve got a little ball of playdough – that represents a deep/projected breast. Now imagine that you squish it down a bit with your finger. There’s still the same amount of playdough there, but now it’s flatter and wider. That’s how a shallow breast is.

Shallow breasts are much more common among the smaller cup sizes, however it is still possible to be full-busted and have them. When you’re standing side-on to a mirror and braless, would you describe your breasts as round? If not, they’re probably shallow.

Fit problems of shallow breasts

By far the most common fit issues people with shallow breasts face is cup gaping. When a designer creates a bra, they have to make an assumption about how far out your breasts stick from your body. So when yours protrude less than that, there’ll be a gap.

Although gaping cups can be a sign that you simply need a smaller cup size, if the current underwire fits around the base of your breast just fine then sizing down could mean the new, smaller underwire digs in. It’s the cup depth that’s the problem, not the cup size.

Wrinkling is another related fit issue. If your bra cups look wrinkled or feel baggy even when the top edge is lying flush against your skin, that’s a sign that the cup is too deep for you.


Related: What’s The Difference Between Projected and Shallow Breasts?


shallow breasts

Briana Padded Bra | Briana Bikini in Black Floral

Ideal bra styles for shallow breasts

Bras without horizontal seams

Bra seams do different things depending on which direction they’re going in. A vertical seam is there to provide lift. Horizontal seams, on the other hand, make the cup deeper, so they are something you want to avoid. Look for bra cups that are either seam-free or have vertical seams only.

Shorter cups

Although this breast shape is shallow all over, it tends to be particularly shallow towards the top. Rather than a suddenly curving outwards from your chest, shallow breasts follow a more gradual slope down to the nipple. Full cup bras end high on the chest and will therefore gape because there isn’t enough breast tissue up there to fill them out.

Instead, look for bras labeled as ‘demi’, ‘half cup’ or ‘balconette’. These all stop slightly above the nipple, covering only the part of your breast that tends to be the fullest/deepest.

Stretch fabrics

Stiff fabrics – including molded cups – are not very forgiving. If you don’t fill them out properly, they will gape or wrinkle. Stretch fabrics however can accommodate a range of shapes and sizes, and are more likely to lie flush against your skin.

That’s not to say that people with shallow breasts can never wear a padded bra. In fact, some prefer them because the padding creates the illusion of extra fullness. Just be sure to look for one with short, horizontal seam-free cups for the best chance of it fitting you.

If you have shallow breasts, leave a comment and let me know what your best-fitting bra styles are!


Related: 5 Best Bras For Shallow Breasts


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Charlotte Padded Bra | Charlotte Bikini in Blossom Print

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Adriana Lace Bralette | Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

Summer has arrived to the Northern Hemisphere, bringing along with it floaty dresses, ice-pops, festival season, and… the dreaded boob sweat. While that last one may be completely normal, especially for those with fuller busts it can be a real problem. And not just an embarrassing one, but a painful one too if the excess sweating leads to chafing and a rash.

Plus, just like underarm sweat can stain a shirt, boob sweat can stain your bras. We didn’t spend ages hunting down the prettiest and best-fitting ones for that to happen!

Nothing should stop you enjoying summer to its fullest, least of all your chest. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce this problem.

Here are 7 ways to deal with boob sweat:

Unlined bras

All of us switch from winter clothes to summer ones, so why would you keep wearing the same lingerie year-round? When it’s hot out you need garments that are going to keep you cool, and a piece of thick foam wrapped around your breasts probably isn’t the answer.

Try switching out your padded and molded bras for unlined ones – they feel light and airy, yet can be just as (or in some cases, more) supportive!

Breathable fabrics

Certain fabrics let your skin breathe better than others. It’s usually the case that synthetic fibers such as polyester can trap moisture against the skin, while natural fibers such as cotton, silk and bamboo will not.

However, the fabric type matters too – nylon, for example, is a man-made fiber but when it’s woven into a mesh or lace it still lets lots of air through.

Moisture-wicking sports bras

However much you’re sweating during that picnic in the park, you’re going to sweat a whole lot more when you’re jogging round it! Due to the combination of sweat and movement, workouts are when you’re most likely to get chafing. So it’s especially important to pick a sports bra that’s breathable.

Look out for features such as mesh panels, high support (to reduce breast movement), and the term ‘moisture wicking’ in the description. This means it’s a high-tech material that actively moves water away from your skin. Even polyester can be great if it’s moisture-wicking.


Related: These 11 Bras Are Summer Must-Haves


boob sweat bra

Get a bra fitting

The fold below larger breasts can easily overheat, but a good bra lifts them up off your ribcage to keep this area nice and breezy. Look for a supportive, wired style that has vertical seaming for lots of lift. And get a bra fitting to double check you’re in the correct since, since a too-large band means the bra won’t be able to hoist your breasts up properly.

Bra liners

Not only is boob sweat a normal problem, it’s so common that products have been developed especially to combat it. One of those is the bra liner – a band of fabric that goes below the center-front of your bra, creating a barrier between you and it.

Be sure to look for a bra liner in a breathable fabric, since some have been designed purely with underwire discomfort (and not sweating) in mind.

Deodorants and powders

Most of us are used to putting deodorant on our underarms each morning, but when your breasts are sweating just as much, why not there too? You could use the same one, but boob deodorants are actually a real thing! Alternatively, you can keep the area dry with a sprinkling of corn starch or baby powder.

Keep wipes handy

Sometimes it’s just so swelteringly hot out that try hard as we might, we can’t eliminate sweating altogether. As a backup, pop a packet of wet wipes in your handbag so that you can nip to the bathroom and freshen up whenever you need to.

If you suffer from a bad case of summer boob sweat, how do you deal with it? Leave a comment and let me know which solution works best for you.


Related: Here’s Why You Need A New Set Of Bras This Summer


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

There are lots of reasons that two 36Gs may not fit the same, from international size conversions to one brand’s sizing running smaller than another’s. But one of the reasons has nothing to do with the bras’ actual sizes – it’s that different bra shapes fit more or less successfully on certain bodies.

If you’re having trouble finding a bra that fits, it’s helpful to pay attention to the styles you’re trying. How a balconette bra sits on the body is very different to how a full-cup one does, which is in turn nothing like a plunge bra! You need a bra that is the right size, of course, but also one that matches your particular breast shape.

Today, we’re specifically covering tips and bra styles for people with close-set breasts. 

What are close set breasts?

As the name suggests, these are breasts that have very little space between them. They may even be touching. Try standing up without a bra on, and place a finger flat against your sternum. If it’s touching your breasts on both sides, they are close-set.

Being able to easily create a cleavage line is another sign that you likely have close-set breasts. However, a handful of people have a condition called symmastia (often natural, more rarely a complication of getting implants). This is where your breast tissue is actually joined together at the center – they’re as ‘touching’ as breasts can get, but there’s no defined separation/cleavage between them.

Fit problems of close set breasts

Fit issues relating to close-set breasts are all concentrated around the cleavage area. You’ll likely have trouble finding a bra with a gore (the panel between the cups) that lays flat against your sternum, because there’s just not enough space for it. It will end up buckling or being pushed away from your body, and may be uncomfortable.

Another complaint of close-set breasts is sometimes having a ‘uniboob’ or ‘shelf-bust’ appearance, and wanting a bra that will separate your breasts out a bit more. And, though it’s not a fit problem as such, an unfortunate side effect of breasts that touch can be chafing or excessive sweating between them.


Related: The Complete Guide To Breast Shapes


best bra for close set breasts

Vanna Plunge Padded Bra | Vanna Hipster in Black/Gray

Ideal bra styles for close set breasts

Narrow gores

With little to no space between your breasts, it makes sense that you need a bra with minimal distance between the cups. Look for bras where the centre panel is shaped like a skinny triangle, and the tops of the underwire channels are touching.

Plunge bras

Depending on just how close-set your breasts are (and whether you have symmastia), having any underwires at all between your breasts may cause discomfort. In this case, try a plunge bra which has a very low gore. The wires in a plunge bra are more J than U shaped, so they don’t come up very high at the centre. Plus, plunges are a great choice to flaunt your natural cleavage!

Underwired bras (for separation)

If your primary complaint is having boobs that look ‘smooshed together’ or which rub uncomfortably, be sure to pick a wired bra. Provided that the underwires fit well and aren’t lying on top of breast tissue rather than around it, they hold your breasts inside their separate cups, keeping them apart.

Wireless bras (for comfort)

If on the other hand your problem is painful underwires, and you don’t want to wear a plunge bra, a wireless bra or bralette provides a comfy alternative. Close-set breasts do tend to be on the full side, so if that’s the case for you then check these tips for finding a bralette that’s as supportive as possible.

What are your favorite or most comfortable bra styles, as someone with close-set breasts?


Related: How To Find A Bralette That Actually Works For Full Busts


bras for close set breasts

Lynn T-Shirt Bra | Lynn Hipster in Black

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra | Sandrine Hipster in Cameo Rose

Ever wondered why it’s so hard to find a bra that fits? One of the big reasons is that no two sets of same-sized breasts are really identical. They might be a slightly different shape, more or less firm, or placed close together on one person and spaced apart on another. And all of these different factors affect whether that bra is going to fit you like a glove, or just fit you ‘well enough’.

When you’re bra shopping and on the hunt for the perfect fit, you need to know more than just your bra size. You also need to know what shape your breasts are, and the bra styles that will suit that best.

Today’s article is all about wide-set breasts, and the bra styles and design details that work best on them.

What are wide set breasts?

Not only are wide-set breasts not touching, but they are separated by a sizeable gap. Try placing your fingers flat on your sternum, between your breasts. If you can fit 3 or more fingers there, you have wide-set breasts.

Some wide-set breasts are what is called ‘splayed’, also colloquially referred to as an ‘East-West’ shape. This is where your breasts are pointing outwards away from each other, creating a wide triangle of skin between them. However, it’s also possible to have splayed breasts that begin close together and then head off in different directions, so the finger check is really the key to working out if yours are wide-set.

Fit problems of wide set breasts

Many people with wide-set breasts complain that they can never find a bra that gives them cleavage. Unfortunately, getting wide-set breasts to touch is often impossible, especially on smaller cup sizes. There are however bra styles that will push them a bit closer together.

Because wide-set and splayed breasts naturally have the bulk of their volume towards the outer side of the cup, you may have issues with cups laying flush there but gaping at the center-front. You may also experience underwire discomfort at the underarm, if the wire ends up sitting on top of breast tissue there.


Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?


bras for wide set breasts

Adriana Lace Bralette | Adriana Bikini in Raspberry

Ideal bra styles for wide set breasts

Side supports

Side support in a bra can take the form of an internal sling or a seamed panel at the outer edge of the cup. It serves to push your breast tissue inwards towards your sternum, creating a more centered shape. They also reinforce this outer edge, making it more difficult for your breast tissue to escape the cup here.

You could also try a push-up bra that has padding towards the outer side of the cup as well as at the base of it. This has a push in effect, with the goal of boosting cleavage.

Wide gores

The gore is the piece of fabric that joins the cups together. Some bras have very narrow gores, but if you have wide-set breasts you want one that’s wide enough to fill that gap. The bra will better mimic and follow the shape of your body – the cups will begin where your breasts do and not before, minimizing the likelihood of them gaping.

You could try looking out for a front-fastening bra. Not only do these pull your breasts inwards, they always have a wider-than-usual gore because the closure takes up some space.

Plunge bras

As mentioned further up, people with wide-set breasts can have issues with cup gaping near the sternum, where their breast tissue is less full. Plunge bras offer a convenient and stylish way around this, since the cut of the cups means it primarily covers the fuller, outer side of the breast.

Stretch bralettes

Remember that if you are struggling to find a bra with underwires that are comfy, you could always opt for wireless. Not only can this improve comfort, but soft, stretchy cups have a more forgiving fit in general and hence are unlikely to gape. The downside is that this style of bra is less supportive.

Bonus tip: scoop and swoop

It’s always a good idea to scoop and swoop after putting your bra on, whatever breast shape you have. However, it’s especially useful when it comes to wide-set breasts – you want to ensure that your breast is fully inside the cup at that outer edge, which will improve comfort and create a more centered look.

If your breasts are wide-set, which bra styles or features work best for you?


Related: How To Build A Lingerie Wardrobe You Love


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Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Surf

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Ciara Bralette | Ciara Bikini in Ivory

Do you struggle to find the perfect bra fit? If you’re convinced that you know your correct bra size, and yet more still fit poorly than they do well, the issue could be the style of bra you’re trying. From full cups to demi cups and from wide gores to narrow ones, every bra will fit best on a particular breast shape. To find one that truly fits you like a glove, you need the bra to be not just the right size but the right design for your body too.

This article focuses specifically on bra tips for people with ‘full on top’ breasts. Read on to find out if that’s you.

What are full on top breasts?

As the name suggests, breasts with this shape are their fullest on the upper half. They are firm and rounded right from where they begin on the décolletage, but have less tissue below the nipple than above it. This means that your nipples will be lower down on your breast, potentially pointing downward. It is, unsurprisingly, the opposite shape to full-on-bottom breasts.

You’re more likely to have full-on-top breasts if you wear a large cup size, or if you’re young, since we tend to lose upper fullness as we age. Although that can be regained through a breast lift or implants, most breast surgeons aim to create a profile that’s rounded all over (an ‘evenly full’ breast shape that we’ll cover in another article).

Fit problems of full on top breasts

Because this breast shape is less full towards the bottom, you may have issues with the lower portion of the cup wrinkling or feeling loose. However, a much more common fit issue is what’s jokingly called ‘quad-boob’. This is where your full upper breast spills over the top of the cup rather than fitting neatly inside in, leading to an obvious bump (as if you had two breasts on either side rather than one).

This type of cup overspillage could simply mean that you need a larger cup size. However, if you know you have full on top breasts, one of the below bra styles may well fit you fine with no change to the band or cup size.


Related: Let’s Talk Breast Fullness: FOT, FOB, and All-Over Fullness


best bras for full on top breasts

Lulu Unlined Wire Bra | Lulu Hipster in Grape

Ideal bra styles for full on top breasts

Taller cups

Bra cups that stop at the mid-breast or lower, where there is a lot of unsupported breast tissue still above that, are the most likely to cut in on this shape. Choose a taller cup style instead – a full-cup bra is designed to encase all or most of the breast.

Stretch fabrics

Stretch-fabric cups are very forgiving. They work great on all sorts of different breast types, since the fabric conforms well to whatever shape you have. Whereas a rigid cup edge can cut in on full on top breasts, an elastic one will probably just stretch to fit.

An all-over stretch cup will accommodate both a shallow lower-breast and a fuller upper-breast. The downside however is that the stretchier the cup is, the less supportive it’s going to be. So especially if you are full-busted, you may prefer to choose a bra that has a stretchy trim across the top only.

Deeper cups

Some bra cups are very deep (‘projected’), while others have the same volume overall but are wider and shallower. If you try to fit a firm, full on top breast into a shallow cup, it will get stuck too high up – think of it like trying to cram an orange into a glass. It won’t ever reach the bottom!

This can lead to both an empty space at the lower cup, and overspill at the top. What you need is a deeper cup, such as the Parfait Charlotte bra. A good bra fitter will be able to offer more recommendations.

Bonus tip: bra inserts

Generally speaking, full on top breasts and push-up padding don’t get along. This will only lift your breast tissue up higher, creating an even more full-on-top shape and exacerbating an overspill problem.

However, if you own a bra that is wrinkling or collapsing at the base of the cup, a little padding can fill up that excess space. Most lingerie boutiques will sell separate bra cookies/inserts for this purpose.

If you have full on top breasts, what are your favourite bra styles? And which ones just never seem to fit you?


Related: What Is A Full Cup Bra?


bras for full on top breasts

Lulu Unlined Wire Bra | Lulu Hipster in Scarlette

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Lulu Unlined Wire Bra | Lulu Hipster in Black/Pewter

Hand-washingair drying, and careful storage are some of the more obvious things that might come to mind if you’re trying to take better care of your bras. But did you know that the way you put them on is important too? It’s easy to over-stretch a bra band when you’re getting dressed, and doing that repeatedly, day after day, will take its toll on the elastic.

So to help you increase the longevity of your bras, here’s how to – and how not to – put one on.

Don’t put your bra on like this

Almost all bras use a hook-and-eye fastening, and I get it, they can be fiddly. But you should never, ever fasten it off the body and then:

Pull your bra over your head

or

Step into your bra and pull it up

Both of these methods stretch the band excessively. One forces the band to its limits when you’re yanking it down over your shoulders, and the other involves pulling it over your hips and stomach, at least one of which is usually wider than the ribcage it was intended for.

If you put your bra on like this, the band will quickly stretch out and become too loose to be supportive. You might break stitches and damage seams. You could even stretch the elastic to the point of snapping – ever noticed tiny threads poking messily out of your lingerie fabric? That’s broken elastic.

The exception to this rule is, of course, stretchy bralettes and bandeaus that don’t have any fastening, and are intended to be a pull-on style. However, it’s still a good idea to go slowly and stretch these types of bras as little as possible. They’ll last longer if you do.


Related: Here’s How To Make Your Bras Last Longer


correct way to put on a bra

Vanna Unlined Wire Bra | Vanna Hipster in Black/Gray

Do put your bra on like this

Most of us fasten our bras one of the two following ways. Although they are both fine to do, one is slightly better than the other:

Fasten your bra behind your back (the best way)

Doing up your bra directly behind your back puts the least strain on the band. At no point is it stretched more than it will be when you’re wearing it. If you’re really determined to not stretch out your bra bands, this is the way you want to be putting them on.

It’s extra important here to scoop and swoop. It’s very easy to end up with your breasts not sitting in the cups correctly when you put your bra on this way.

Fasten your bra at the front and then swivel it

Of course, not everyone is physically able to reach around to their back. And yet others of us are, but just can’t get the hang of doing up hooks-and-eyes that we can’t see!

The problem with putting your bra on backwards to begin with and then twisting it is that, again, you might over-stretch the band in the process. Especially if you secure your band very tightly, it could be difficult to swivel it round without lots of tugging.

So although this is a very common and not ‘wrong’ way to put a bra on, do be gentle! Take it slow and don’t pull the band further out from your body than you really need to. Use two hands, pulling the band from either side at the same time, so that you’re not putting lots of strain on one side only.

If you have mobility issues but like a firm band and are worried about stretching them out, you could always consider a front-fastening bra instead.

Are you a swiveller or a reacher? Or – hopefully not for much longer after reading this – do you prefer to pull your bras on?


Related: 6 Reasons Why We Adore Front Closure Bras


putting on a bra

Vanna Unlined Wire Bra | Vanna Hipster in Bare/Ivory

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Vanna Plunge Padded Bra | Vanna Hipster in Bare/Ivory

Boudoir photo shoots have boomed in popularity in the past decade. Traditionally something a woman might have done to gift to her partner, today women are increasingly booking boudoir shoots just for themselves. It’s a chance to dress up in your fanciest lingerie and pretend to be a model for a few hours – it’s fun, it’s pampering, and you get some gorgeous photos of yourself at the end of it. Plus maybe even a newfound level of self-confidence.

Once you’ve picked your boudoir shoot photographer, it’s time to choose the lingerie. There are a few other things to consider taking too, such as heels and props, but the lingerie will of course form the basis of your outfit. So don’t leave it to the last minute! You want time to find not just the perfect look but the perfect fit, so order with enough time that you can exchange sizes if needed.

There are all sorts of lingerie styles to choose from, from bra sets to basques to babydolls, but above all you want to pick pieces that make you feel like your most fabulous self. This is a chance to treat yourself to something really fancy – something that will both look great on camera and make you feel like a million dollars.

For the full-busted people among you, I’ve picked out six of the most glamorous Parfait bras as inspiration. From lace to satin to strapping details, here are some boudoir-perfect styles:

The Cora Unlined Longline Bra

boudoir photo shoot

Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Navy Blue

With lashings of beautiful lace, petal-like layers at the base of each cup, and subtle satin trims, this bra is the epitome of elegance. The longline shape also makes it perfect for those wanting a little more coverage in front of the camera. I especially love the rich, navy blue colourway, but it also comes in a romantic crimson pink, and bridal-looking pale ecru and blush pink. 32-44 D-G cups.

The Lulu Underwire Bra

boudoir photo shoot ideas

Lulu Underwire Bra | Lulu Hipster in Scarlette

Although black is a perpetual lingerie drawer favourite, I would recommend going for a splash of colour when it comes to a boudoir photo shoot. The details of the lingerie will show up so much better. The swirly black lace here contrasts beautifully against the bright red cups of this bra in ‘Scarlette’, for an striking effect the camera will love. It also comes in a blend of purples and grey-on-black. 32-40 D-G cups.

The Briana Unlined Wire Bra

what is a boudoir photo shoot

Briana Unlined Wire Bra | Briana Highwaisted Brief in Black Floral

Just love black lingerie best and can’t be persuaded otherwise? This embroidered bra is a gorgeous compromise. Although mainly black, that just serves to make the pale embroidery on the cups really ‘pop’. Plus the strappy details are ultra-chic! Planning a bridal boudoir shoot? It also comes in a graceful white version. 32-44 D-H cups.


Related: 5 Reasons Why You Should Do A Boudoir Photo Shoot


The Mariela Unlined Wire Bra

what to wear for a boudoir photo shoot

Mariela Unlined Wire Bra | Mariela Bikini in Nightshadow Blue

If the vibe you’re going for is luxury, it’s simply got to be this bra. The blend of satin and lace – left sheer on the upper cup – is beautiful, as are the finishing details such as the keyhole at the centre-front. I can’t decide which version of it I like more – this sultry black and midnight blue, or the mauve and lilac. 32-44 D-H cups.

The Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra

boudoir photo shoot tips

Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra | Sandrine Hipster in Burgundy

Another longline option for those after either a touch more coverage or enhanced support, this bra is perfect for creating images that are a little flirty. It has a sexy plunge neckline, and the matching briefs are made entirely from sheer lace. Even better, it comes in a whole bunch of colours to suit your style. This deep burgundy is my personal favourite for creating glamour, but you could also choose bright pinkpale pinkivoryblack, or blue. 30-40 D-G cups.

The Marion Unlined Wire Bra

classy boudoir photo shoot ideas

Marion Unlined Wire Bra | Marion Hipster in Tango Red

Bring drama and passion to your boudoir photo shoot in this vibrant, lipstick red bra. It has fully-lace cups for a pretty touch, with a little keyhole and bow to separate them. I do however also love the light pink version, which would be perfect for a more retro vibe. It also comes in royal blue and black, both with the same light beige lining to best show off the lace’s pattern. 30-44 D-H cups.

Which of these bras would you love to wear for a boudoir photo shoot? Let me know in the comments below.


Related: What To Bring To Your First Boudoir Photo Shoot


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Briana Unlined Wire Bra | Briana Highwaisted Brief in Black Floral

Menopause is a period of significant hormonal changes that can last for years, and cause everything from excess sweating to swollen, sensitive nipples. It’s no wonder they call it the second puberty! Although it’s a completely natural part of aging, it definitely has the potential to leave you feeling pretty miserable.

The most well-known symptom of menopause has got to be hot flashes, a sudden feeling of heat that can be accompanied by sweating, which some people experience multiple times per day (and night!).

However, your breasts also undergo some significant changes that can cause issues of their own.

Breast changes during menopause

During perimenopause (the period shortly before the actual menopause) estrogen levels can spike, just like they do in pregnancy. And that can lead to breast swelling and tenderness.

Later, your estrogen production drops off. Since estrogen plays a role in keeping your skin supple, this can cause the skin on and around your breasts, plus the connective tissue inside them, to become less elastic. At the same time, your glandular tissues which were there to produce milk begin to shrink, making your breasts feel less firm. It’s the combination of these two factors that causes sagging.

But that’s not all. Your cup size may increase with menopause. In many cases, that’s down to general weight gain caused by a gradually slowing metabolism. So before you buy any new ideas, it’s a good idea to book a bra fitting to confirm the size you need – one which may change multiple times before it’s over.


Related: 6 Factors That Can Cause Your Breast Size To Change


Bra and lingerie tips for menopause

Because your breasts are one of the places where the signs of menopause can be seen and felt the most, changing up your lingerie can really help to alleviate some of that discomfort. Now full disclosure, I haven’t gone through menopause myself yet. But based on the symptoms above, it’s clear to me that you should be prioritizing two things – comfort, and breathability.

Here’s how to get them:

Soft, seamless fabrics

If your breasts are feeling sore or tender, pay special attention to the fabrics your bras are made from. Aim to buy lingerie in store if possible, so you can feel the garment in your hand see just how soft, or not, it is.

Cheaper laces and embroideries can potentially feel scratchy, especially if left unlined, so you may prefer to get your dose of chic design from a print instead. And it may also make sense to avoid seamed cups, since those seams can irritate sensitive skin.

Breathable fibers

Whether it’s a bra, a brief, or a set of PJs, the key to staying cool during hot flushes and night sweats is fabric that lets your skin breathe. Breathable underwear is also crucial to keep yeast infections at bay, something that menopause-related vaginal dryness puts you at a higher risk of.

Look for natural fibers such as silk, bamboo, linen and cotton, and avoid polyester, a common man-made one that traps moisture against your skin. Synthetic fabrics described as ‘moisture wicking’ are okay though, since these are technical fabrics woven in such a way that they encourage moisture to evaporate away. Side note: a silk nightie won’t do you much good if you’re sleeping in polyester bedding, so check that too!

Unlined bras

You may also find that thick, molded foam cups cause you to overheat and lead to a bad case of ‘boob sweat’. If that’s so, swap your padded and t-shirt bras for unlined ones. They’re more lightweight and breathable, and yet you may be surprised to know that this style can be equally supportive!

Wire-free bras

Suffering from breast tenderness? A well-fitting bra with underwires shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, so definitely book that bra fitting to check you’re not simply wearing wires that are too long or short for you.

However, there is, of course, the option of going wireless. Whether you choose a soft and stretchy bralette or a wire-free bra with a little more structure to it, many people find these to be the most comfortable choice on days when their breasts are feeling particularly delicate.

Especially if you are going or have gone through menopause, I’d love to hear what lingerie fabrics and styles worked best for you. Leave a comment down below!


Related: How To Shop For Wireless Bras


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Dalis Bralette & Hipster in Bare | Ciara Bralette & Bikini in Ivory | Adriana Lace Bralette & Bikini in Raspberry
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