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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


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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

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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of www.estylingerie.com, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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