Breast Shapes

It is important to understand the concept of breast shapes so as to be able to determine your best bra type. I will admit I was slow to pick up on this issue myself but once you do it is a 'light bulb moment. In fact it will suddenly explain why some bras will fit you perfectly when others, of the same size, simply do not

Like feet, hands, arms and legs, boobs come in all different shapes and sizes. Just because two women are both a 38EE does not mean they will both fit the same size. It also suddenly explains why you may get on really well with certain styles, like a half cup but never feel comfortable in a balcony.

I have read many comments on supposedly 'perfect' breast shapes, but think that they are, at best, mis-leading and at worst, utter rubbish. I am not going to trot out the trite, we are all God's children and everyone is perfect, but please!

In my book, if you are even reasonably happy with 'the girls', they are perfect. If you feel unhappy it is probably because you think other women have 'perfect' shaped boobs but that is purely based on assumption.

You may not be aware, (because most of us do not hang around topless with other topless women, or sit around staring at pictures of naked breasts), but there is a lot of breast shapes variation.

In fact there is so much variation in bust shape, the only thing I would say is that almost everything is normal. 

Here are some of the most common variations:

# Different size (asymmetrical) breasts; almost every woman has one boob a different size to the other. It is just a matter of how noticeable it is. If it is a concern, you can often use ‘fillets’, ‘cookies’ or padding inside the cup to even them out. Look for bras with little pockets in the cup.

# Space between the breasts; the gap (at the top of what would be the cleavage) between the boobs can vary from close together, to 3-4 inches apart. The breast shapes can be straight down, or splay out to the sides, again to varying degrees.

Ladies with closely aligned boobs may have to be far more careful with choosing an appropriately shaped underwiring, or even choose to forego wiring.

# To the point? Some women have fun bags (An Aussie expression) that are 'pointy' (I know that is a weak explanation but I struggled to think of anything better, which is succinct). Other breast shapes are more rounded.

# The shape of the breast. This is the most important aspect. A big busted woman is going to have volume but it can vary as to where.

Your primary 'fullness' can be in the top half, the bottom half, to the sides, a combination of two, or full throughout. It is all normal and all good, but if you do not get the right style bra you can end up with a bad or uncomfortable fit.

This is why you must try different bra styles to find the ones to suit your bosom. Do not dismiss a design out of hand, it may really suit you even if you do not initially like the look.

You may also find that you can wear different cup sizes. For example, if you are 'full on top' you may find a balconette style bra far more comfortable and less restrictive and you can wear a lower cup size.

# The root of all things. The width of the 'join' to your chest can vary. Some ladies will have a wide join, others a narrow join and many in between. This will naturally affect the shape above. You can have big breasts with all these variations.

# The elasticity of the boobs. It is uncommon to find large busted women, unless very young or surgically enhanced, whose boobs support themselves and jut out horizontally. Most tend to be a variation of semi-supported to 'settled'. As Newton pointed out, you cannot beat gravity hence this is normal.

# The position of your bust on your chest. Nothing to do with breast shapes or sizes. All to do with positioning. Some ladies are 'higher' than others. I am not quite sure what difference this makes, except adjusting straps and necklines but would welcome comments.

# Sternum shape. Some women have more prominent breast bones than others. This is hardly a problem but can sometimes affect the way the gore / centre piece of the bra sits on your chest and if so you should ignore the standard advice that the gore must sit flat.

# Nipples: They can vary in shape: be long, short, inverted or prominent. Some ladies can also be exceptionally sensitive. Nipples can be sited above centre, centre or below centre on your boob. They can point directly ahead, down, or out to the sides by different degrees.

For most this is not a problem in finding comfortable bras other than for those who are very sensitive, or are concerned about 'show through'.

# Areolas; Even with different skin colours, these can be dark or light coloured, small or large, smooth or crinkly. Often women with bigger boobs will have bigger areolas - not exact rocket science, eh? Generally not really an issue unless perhaps you were considering see-through styles or do not want the areolas peeping above a low cup type.

# Allergic to latex or silicone. I have never personally met anyone who is allergic to standard bras but can only imagine it is a serious pain in the butt.

Breast Shape Variation

All the above are normal. I list them primarily because you may have one or more of the above variations and think you are different. No, there are millions of women like you out there. You are very normal and probably have great breasts. You simply have to find the brand(s) or style(s) that suits you best.

I also listed those variations to re-emphasize why you, or other women, may not necessarily find it as easy to find a good fit bra as you may first think.

What Causes Breast Shape Variation?

There are many factors that may or may not affect breast shape. The most important issue is something you can do nothing about - genetics. Your whole body shape is primarily defined by your parents and your ancestors.

Remember your bust will change shape over time. Clearly they will be perkier when younger. But there is nothing any of us can do about gravity.

The three factors that you can change to affect your breast shape are:

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Bras

However none are as influential as genetics.

Can I Change my Breast Shape without surgery?

Yes and no. The quick answer is no. Like your arms you cannot do much about your body parts. However we all know many women have surgery on their boobs to change their size and shape. 

If you are unhappy with your boobs this is an option if you can afford it. Many women shudder at the thought of surgery so is there another answer? Well as I said above diet and exercise.

But an even easier solution is the bra you are wearing. Different bra styles can actually alter the outward appearance of your boobs.

The most overlooked issue in bra purchases is breast shape. We all tend to concentrate on bra size only. This is a big mistake. As we have seen above there is a wide variety of boob shapes and the fact is different bra styles suit different boobs.

Ah you may think. That makes sense, what suits me? Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this. You have to experiment. The best place to start is the cups. You will have noticed that some bras are moulded one piece cups, other are a made up of a variety of pieces sewn together. This is what matters.

You need to establish your correct bra size and then experiment with a variety of different styles. Initially ignore the added variety of backless, minimiser, front closure etc. I am talking the panels that make up the cup, in a full cup 'normal' day to day bra.

You will find that the various designs of the panels create a completely different shape with your boobs. I am not expert enough to explain it better so please experiment. You will find different designs (with the same bra size) make a big difference to the way your breasts 'sit' and the way they are presented.

I am going to speak to some of the excellent bloggers who know this subject to see if they can explain it better for me.


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Breast shape - An apology

I know some of the explanations on this page were not as good as I would like.

It would be so much easier to explain alongside photos or even diagrams as pictures can paint a thousand words, but I do not want to draw the wrong sort of attention to this site, apologies therefore if I said something un-PC, or failed to explain better.


The subject of actual breast shape is strangely rarely discussed but it is very important for all women in understanding their correct bra sizes.

It was therefore a delight to find an excellent explanation of this issue on the following blog site: brasihate




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