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breast shapes and sizes

When it comes to shape, not all breasts are created equal. In fact, there’s some vast range in their appearance in terms of fullness, where they’re set, nipple direction and more.

You likely know your cup size and band size — but the question is, do you know your shape? There are many ways to determine which you fall under. So grab a mirror and follow this foolproof guide to figuring out your shape.

Full all around

If your breasts are full throughout with the tissue evenly distributed, you have a likely have a round shape. (Lucky you! It’s arguably the most sought-after shape, and works well with nearly any bra style).

Elongated

Do your breasts appear long and skinny? Are they lacking in fullness, particularly toward the top? Do you find that your breasts don’t always fill out the cups of a bra completely, and require a lot of support? These are all hints that your breasts are a slender shape, which can often simply be a result of aging. Nipples that face downward instead of straight on are another hint that you have slender breasts.

Asymmetric

Does the left breast look a little bigger than the right? Or vice versa? Then you likely fall under the category of asymmetric breasts. To clarify, no breasts are entirely symmetrical, but if you notice that you’re filling out the cups of your bras differently, that’s a clear sign that you do indeed have this breast shape.

Fun fact: If you didn’t have uneven breasts before but they’re starting to look asymmetrical, that could be the result of menopause (which involves fluctuating hormones). Additionally, athletes who favor one arm may find that their breasts look uneven due to the difference in muscle tissue underneath them.


Related: How To Buy Bras For Different Sized Breasts


Fuller on the bottom

If your breasts are relatively round, notably fuller toward the bottom and somewhat pointy toward the nipples, then you’ve got a teardrop shape.

Far apart

Take a look at the distance between your breasts. Do they seem to be set toward the outer part of your torso? Can you fit more than two fingers between them? It’s safe to say you have wide set breasts.

Close Set

On the other hand, if your breasts fall more toward the middle of your chest, with very little if any space in the middle, then they’re close set.

Different directions

If your nipples appear to point in different directions, that’s the most prominent indicator that you have outward facing breasts. (Pro tip: It can be easier to tell which way they’re pointing if you lean forward.) Since your breasts are pointed outward, you’ll likely also notice that they’re slightly wide set.

Hopefully, by now, you have a better idea of your breast shape. And while we’re on the subject — a quick reminder: All shapes are beautiful in their own right. Armed with this new insight, now it’s time for the fun part: bra shopping! Certain styles, such as demi-cup bras or push-up bras, are better suited to specific breast shapes, so know that you know yours, it should be a whole lot easier to find bras that make you look — and feel — phenomenal.


Related: The Complete Guide To Breast Shapes


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:
Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Black

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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