What Is the Best Bra for My Breast Shape?

What Is the Best Bra for My Breast Shape?

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Emanuel Perez
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Best Bras for Each Breast Shape

Not all breasts are created equal (though they are all equally beautiful) – they come in all shapes and sizes – and the shape of your breast can affect what kind of bra style fits you best. We’ll break down the nine most common breast shapes and the best type of bra for each to help you find a bra that truly fits you.

Our Breast Shape Dictionary illustrates the nine most common breast shapes: asymmetric, athletic, bell, east west, relaxed, round, side set, slender, and tear drop.

 


Asymmetric: One Breast Is Larger Than the Other

Asymmetric breast shapes have one breast that is larger than the other.

In nature, perfect symmetry is not the norm, so when you think of the asymmetric breast shape, it is more common than you think! For this breast shape, try a bra that includes removable inserts to help you customize your fit and even out any difference between your breasts. Our plunge bras are perfect for asymmetric breasts as well as the angled cups are made to form to the natural curve of each breast, giving some added flexibility if one breast is smaller than the other. Our Uplift Plunge Bra is a great option for this breast shape!

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for asymmetric breasts.


Athletic: Wider, More Muscular Breasts with Less Tissue

Athletic breasts are wider and more muscular with less tissue.

Cup gaping tends to be a common issue for Athletic shapes due to the lack of volume up top. Explore styles that will form to your breasts and lift you comfortably. Our 24/7® Classic T-Shirt Bra is a perfect choice for this breast shape as its memory foam cups form to your unique shape to create a smooth silhouette.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for athletic breasts.


Bell Shape: Slimmer at the Top, Fuller at the Bottom

Bell shape breasts are slimmer at the top and fuller at the bottom.

Bell Shapes typically characterize women with larger cup sizes and those with this shape may commonly experience overflow with minimal coverage styles like a balconette or demi. Explore bras with full coverage and padded straps that provide more support, comfort and lift. Our Perfect Coverage Bra is a great choice as it features wider, memory foam straps that provide support, but never dig in.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for bell shape breasts.


East West: Nipples Pointing Outward in Opposite Directions

East West breasts have nipples that point outward in opposite directions.

Just as its name suggests, East West shapes are characterized by wide-set breasts that gravitate away from the chest center. Those with this shape may find it difficult to achieve cleavage with certain tops. Bras that are full coverage and help bring your breasts up and together will provide comfort and lift for your shape. Our Lace Contour Plunge Bra would be perfect choice as the angled cups help to gather and redirect your breasts to the front of your body and prevent overflow on the sides.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for east west breasts.


Relaxed: Breasts with Lax Tissue and Nipples Pointing Downward

Relaxed breasts have lax tissue with nipples pointing downwards.

Relaxed shapes tend to have longer breasts that hang, so lifting support is crucial. Styles that have a slightly shorter cup, like balconette and demi bras, will help lift your breasts for more fullness at the top. If you have this shape, try out Lace Balconette Bra which features shorter cups, wide-set straps, and wires that go all along the bottom of the breast to keep you comfortably in the cup.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for relaxed breasts.


Round: Equally Full At the Top and Bottom

Round breasts are equally full at the top and bottom.

Those with this shape may find that they don’t need a whole lot of coverage or support, making many padded bras unnecessary. Round breasts work with most styles, but try wireless bras for days when you only want light support and balconette styles for when you want an ultra-flattering fit. Our Seamless V-Neck Wireless Bra would be a great option for you on those days you’re seeking comfort.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for round breasts.


Slender: Thin Breasts with Nipples Pointing Down

The slender breast shape is characterized by thin breasts with nipples that point downward.

Slender shapes are typically smaller in size with breasts that are slightly longer than they are wide. For those with this breast shape, we would recommend bras that give a natural, flattering lift. Our Classic Uplift Plunge Bra will help complement this shape and provide a comfortable lift.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for slender breasts.


Side Set: Wide Space between Breasts

Side set breasts have a wide space between breasts.

Similar to East West shapes, Side Sets tend to have a center gap but with fuller-shaped breasts and nipples that face more forward. Bras made to naturally lift and draw your breasts closer together would suit this shape the best. Our Pima Cotton Plunge Bra would be the perfect fit for this shape as it provides high support and coverage to comfortably lift you up and hold you in throughout the day.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for side set breasts.


Tear Drop: Round, but Slightly Less Full at the Top

Tear drop breasts are round but slightly less full at the top.

Tear Drops are similar to Bell Shapes except rounder. Those with this shape may experience cup gaping with full-coverage bras. For this shape, a balconette or demi style will help even out the volume distribution in your breasts while also eliminating any cup gaping. Our Lace Balconette Bra is a great choice for this shape and will provide a subtle lift.

For more great options, check out our curated collection of bras for tear drop breasts.

 

Still not sure about the perfect bra for your shape? Take our Fitting Room Quiz to get personalized recommendations based on your size and shape!

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