Different Breast Shapes and Their Perfect Bras!

We all know that breasts can be different sizes, but did you know that breasts can be different shapes as well?  This may be the reason that that balconette bra looks so fantastic on your friend (who is the same size as you), but when you try it, your breasts look wobbly and spill over the top!


Choosing the correct bra for your breast shape will make a big difference to how your clothes look, and although you cannot change your breasts from a pear shape to perky apples, you can at least ensure the bra you are wearing flatters and contours your breasts in the right way.


Which breast shape are you?


Round and full –

Full breasts are round with equal fullness all around the breasts.  Full breasts can often struggle with a ‘four boob’ effect, even when the bra fits correctly.  This is because the top of the bra cuts into the breast, and causes some to spill over the top.  Bras which are cut lower, or have an elasticated upper will suit this breast type, and will give a more streamlined shape.

Perfect bras:

Demi bras – cut lower, so won’t give a ‘four boob’ effect

Balconette bras – (if you’re feeling adventurous) have a more square neckline, so cut across the middle of your breast.  They do give a heaving cleavage so may not be great if you’re looking for a more modest look.

Full coverage – these will cover your full breast and won’t cut across the fullest part.


Full at the bottom and slightly dropped –

If your breasts are fuller at the bottom than the top, and your nipples are slightly pointing downwards, then you have Pear shaped breasts.  You will need to wear a bra that has a little padding in the bottom which will push your breasts upwards to create a rounded look.  Avoid bras that are high cut however, as your breasts will not firmly fill the top of the cups and you will be left with a gap.  Beware of balconette styles, as your breasts are not so firm at the top so may not look as perky and attractive as you would like.

Perfect Bras:

Shaper bras – shape and lift the breast

Padded  t-shirt bra – soft and full covered to ensure a firm look.

Padded bras – any padding is great as it will enhance the size of your breasts, and make them feel fuller if they’ve sagged slightly.

Perky and pointed

Pointed breasts will need a little help to maintain a more rounded shape.  It is likely that you will have a slightly sloping shape to the top of the breast, and your nipples will be pointy and obvious.  You will suit a moulded cup bra well, as this will help to reduce your nipple show, and will encourage your breasts to be more rounded.  A padded push up will also work well to encourage a more rounded shape, but try to avoid plunge styles as your breasts may fall forwards and out of the bra.

Perfect Bras:

Moulded t-shirt –no nipple snow

Padded bra – encourages a round shape

Padded push up – pushes breasts upwards and together

Augmented/Fake Breasts –

Lucky you!  You can quite easily wear many styles of bra without needing to worry too much about your shape being compromised.  You can even go braless and not worry about drooping!  A well supportive bra is essential for exercise though, as the skin around your breasts will not stay taut for long if you put it under too much pressure. You should look after your new breasts carefully, so a repeat operation won’t be needed too soon!

Perfect Bras:

Bandeau – a soft wrap around fashion style

stick on bra – great for strapless dresses

strapless – ideal for boob-tube tops

Athletic and flat –

If you have a reasonably flat chest and prominent nipples, you will probably feel most comfortable not wearing a bra at all!  You can choose a bandeau bra, or shaped camisole to ensure your nipples don’t get chafed.  If you want to improve your size, choose a well-padded, but not pushup style so that your breasts will look naturally enhanced.

Perfect Bras:

Padded – enhances your size

Bandeau – coverage and no nipple chafing

Shaped camisole – great for no constriction and no nipple chafing.



Wide-set –

Wide set boobs have a gap in the middle naturally, and can often have quite a narrow top compared to the bottom.  A balconette is great as your breasts will be lifted rather than pushed together, and a plunge is good as your breasts can naturally fall towards the middle with the help of a little padding. You could also choose a shaper bra, which has side boning to ensure your breasts don’t fall out of the sides of the bra, as they will naturally drift towards the sides of your body.  A moulded bra is also great as it has a pre-determined shape.

Perfect Bras:

Balconette as gives lift and round shape

Plunge – pushes breasts together

Shaper – side boning.

Moulded padded cup with a pre determind shape

Pushup bra – pushes breasts together

Plunge pushup ideal – combines padding for shape and plunge to push breasts together.



Other shape problems:

I have a lot of fat at the sides of my breasts after I wear a bra

This may be because you have lost a lot of weight, perhaps had a baby, and subsequently have excess skin.  You should try a shaper bra which will push this tissue forwards.

Make sure you are wearing a well-fitting bra, as your breasts can be squashed underneath your arms if the cup is too small.  Check our fitting guide to ensure you are wearing a well fitting bra.


I don’t like the pointy look my bra gives me, what style can I try?

Each bra is manufactured differently, and it is difficult to tell until you try a bra on what it will look like.  Persist, and try a different brand if you don’t like the look it gives your breasts.  Try a moulded bra as it will round your shape more.


My breasts are already close together, how do I feel comfortable and help my breasts separate?

A bra with a very small or no centre front will be great for you as then it won’t sit in the middle of your bust and cause friction on your breasts.


Do you have any suggestions?  Have you cracked the code for the perfect bra for your shape?  Share below!


Tara x

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15 thoughts on “Different Breast Shapes and Their Perfect Bras!

  1. Hi, i am 25 yrs old.i am not married and my size is 36 c .i am worried and confused dont know which size of bra i am supposed to wear. Can you pls tell me how to measure bra size?what type of bra should i wear, which is comfortable, prevents sagging and gives shape ?eagerly waiting for your reply :)

  2. Hi Ma’am,

    I have difficulty in finding out my breast shape and struggling to go for which type of bra. My size is 32B and it fits well with semi padded or padded but if i go for pad less then my breasts will not get filled up fullest to the cup size. I have small breasts and I am unhappy about it. I actually have have flat neckline and my breasts starts little below and round at the bottom as compared to others (as i think) than the top. Also I dont have cleavage except a no seam line due to which it looks flat with deep neckline dresses and gets 1 finger gap in between the bra i wear. I have tried push up bra which lifts my breasts up but again it doesn’t give cleavage . Only if its pushed from sideways to middle and then lifted up , i can see cleavage and my breasts will show fuller up and looks perfect. So which kind off bra should i opt for, can you please help me out ?

    • Hi Lisa,
      I’m glad that you have given such detailed description of your breast shape, it makes it much easier to help you! As you said, you need a bra which pushes you from sideways and also from the bottom to give cleavage, so you need to carefully select your bra to ensure the type of padding is sufficient for your needs. I would suggest the Penny Wild Extreme push up which has extreme padding on the sides and bottom. The Penny Lace Pushup Bra also gives amazing cleavage and a really firm hold to your breasts. If you already have bras that push upwards but not together, you can buy these silicon inserts by Enamor which will push your breasts together if you put them at the sides of your bra.


  3. I am wearing a Enamor Underwire Ultimate Support Bra 36DD. But I am not satisfied with this as I the breasts are not completely covered. I think I will need a higher size but the ones available in higher sizes are costly. Is there any option for me?

    • Hi Pretha,
      Thank you for sharing your concerns, I think you will find that even though the bigger bras are more expensive, they are a worthy investment as your breasts will be well supported. If you take care of your lingerie by hand washing it and not wearing it every day then you will find it lasts much longer than you expect. If your back size is snug to your body, then you can try a 36E, but if your back is a little loose, please try a 34F. The Ultimo miracle bra in your sizes is on sale at the moment, so please look here and snap it up for a discounted price! - Ultimo bra


  4. Hello, my problem is that I have wide round ish but flat boobs, when I get measured in a shop they say I should be a 34b, but when I try on this size I have armpit boob (what me and the husband call it). I am not fat I am slim size 10, 5ft 10. Could this be the reason for my oddly shaped breasts. I have been doing trial an error with bras an found a 32dd fits perfect, no under arm boob. What type of bra would be best for my dilemma?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Jodi,

      If you have round, flat boobs, it isn’t wise to wear balconette styles as it is unlikely to give you a flattering shape due to the looser tissue in your breasts. If you wear a bra that has boning in the sides before the cups, then this will definitely get rid of the ‘armpit boob’ as you call it, but unfortunately we don’t stock any in 32DD at the moment. What I can suggest is a brand called Curvy Kate who are especially made for women with a fuller bust, and these bras will be ideal to shape and support your breasts and ensure they stay in the right place. The Perfect Support Underwire Bra is a great wardrobe staple and the Lift and Shape Bra is a beautiful blue lace on a pink base to add a touch of glamour. Also look for bras that have more coverage on the armpits rather than lower cut styles, so that your breasts are given more support from the sides. Please let me know if you have any questions about sizing!


  5. hye madam…i have a separated breast…and i think it small too… I noticed that my right is more small than the left…well, I’m 21….I really jelaous when I saw my friend’s breast… I wish I have a beautiful pointed and round boobs…can I shape my breast using bras? would u give me a suggestion?

    • Hi Synaa,

      Take a look at our article on ‘What to do if you have one breast bigger than the other’ as it gives tips on coping with unequal breasts. Everyone has one breast bigger than the other (even your friend with beautiful boobs!). For you padded bras would be ideal as they shape the breast and you can remove or enhance the padding in order to equalize your size. Please check this link to see suitable bras and you can choose a bra from this collection – http://www.zivame.com/buy-bra-online/padded-bra.html.

      Tara x

  6. my breast size was 32B.. n was well shaped. now am pregnant n started putting on weight.. my breast started sagging too… wat type of bra should i wear, which is comfortable, prevents sagging and gives shape… please reply, eagerly waiting…

  7. hi madam i breast size is 32 i have lost my breast shape my husband is not at all satisfied.how can i tighten my breast and what type of bra i have to wear can you please give me the solution ….

  8. my size s 36 c ..bt it seems very boring whn i wear anythng…my weight s 65 kgs,,i just wish 2 reduce my size ,,wot sort of bras i hav 2 wear whn i wear jeans ad tops also salwars..my left brest s little big compared 2 right,,so tht whn i wear bras th right brest s nt gong fully inside bra cup,,ad it project outside seems very boring asif i hav placed smewhr thr//

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