Your boobs are great but they’re not necessarily the same as your mate’s because boobs don’t only come in different sizes but also different shapes and not every bra on offer will suit every pair of boobs.
Something people will often tell me, is that they want a bra to give them really “oomphy cleavage” but not all boobs can actually achieve that look and it’s definitely why we need better representation off all body types in the media, so that people aren’t striving for 1 unobtainable “hello boys” look and thinking that’s the norm.
Now I can’t possibly cover every single shape of boob out there but I can give a brief overview of the most “common” shapes, you may not fit into this 100% but you will hopefully spot something you at least vaguely recognise as similar to yours.
Once you recognise your shape you can use this guide to choose the right bra for you and remember all of these boobs are normal!
Breasts that are full on top (you can still be full on top even if you think your boobs are “saggy” once a bra is on if you get a lot of upper fullness then this is you. I am only FOT in a bra) can struggle with double boob, wearing a multi part cup with a stretchy top part can really help. I favour a style like Envy by Panache for this. I also avoid moulded styles as they just don’t work on my FOT shape.
Fuller base boobs/lost upper fullness usually occur after pregnancy or breast feeding and also aging can cause this too, in short it’s probably the most common shape! Balcony/Balconette bras can really help here especially a padded style as it pushes all of that bottom breast tissue upwards. Look for bras with vertical seams – the more seams there are, the more lift you’ll get . I particularly like Tease by Curvy Kate for this boosting shape.
If you have quite heavy breasts and spent some time in the wrong size bra you may find you have the pendulum shape (this is my no bra shape). Multi part cups and side support will really help lift your bust and support you. My favourite is Morgan by Elomi which gives a fabulous forward projection with tonnes of support.
Close set boobs naturally sit with a “cleavage” you probably find it easier to wear a plunge bra with a narrow bridge and avoid balcony styles. Something like Deco by Freya is what you should aim for.
If you struggle to achieve cleavage and sometimes feel you don’t fill the cup but fill the wires you have wide set and/or shallow boobs. Bras with side support and shallower cups will be your friend here. Side support will give a more forward projection and a shallower cup will make you feel more “full”. Try out Jacqueline by Fantasie.
Are your boobs smaller and feel a bit “pointy” if so you’re a conical shape and you may find you don’t fill all your bra. You will really benefit from contour or push up styles. I couldn’t recommend this Chantelle Merci Memory Foam enough!
Round Boobs? you are the luckiest, you can literally wear all the bras, the bra shop is your oyster. I won’t leave you out though and you should definitely give Hettie by Cleo a go.
Narrow or long boobs need a shorter wire as you don’t have as much “width” & wires can dig in. Brands like Ewa Michalak are great for this but I’d also recommend trying Nouveau by Panache too which has shorter wires but still enough depth to contain the breast tissue.
Wide top boobs are similar to wide set or FOT boobs but tend to be more ‘full’ than a wide set breast and more equally rounded than FOT. A really good full coverage bra like Sienna by Charnos is a great choice.
Knowing the shape you need can really help to make bra shopping a lot easier so hopefully this will help give you the right knowledge to buy better bras.
What shape are you? Can you find yours on here? Let me know.
Linzi is the Fairy BoobMother, trained bra fitter and self confessed "bra geek". Linzi is here to provide all our fitting advice and review plus size fuller bust sets. She also enjoys a good brew and anything with flamingos on!