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The Best Bra for Your Breast Type

We know all breasts are not created equally—but did you know that experts have identified eleven different types? Unsurprisingly, that means the process of finding the right bra for each person goes way beyond getting the right cup and band size down. Apparently, there's also width, length, and placement to think about, as these all affect what your set is like. The lingerie fit pros make a business out of getting women into the right bras, and offered to share their diagrams identifying what each breast type looks like and which bra's best for them.

So, here you have the eleven different breast types and the best bra for each.

1. Self-supported

Sixteen percent of women. This would be a code word for implants. Anyone with augmentation would fall into this category. With or without a bra, breasts are supported.

The best bra: All types—the reason for the bra here is to simply create whatever look you want.

2. Semi-supported 

About 30 percent of women. You don’t quite have the fullness of a 16-year-old girl who just got her breasts in, but it’s a nice look.

The best bra: All bras will look great.

3. Uneven

Forty-two percent of women. This is when one breast is larger than the other. Most women have uneven breasts simply because if you’re right-handed, that muscle makes the breast on your right side smaller.

The best bra: Always fit your bra to your largest breast. Look for bras that are contour-cupped. A bra cup with a thin layer of foam can act as a nice filler to mold the smallness of your other breast.

4. Shallow

About 10 percent of women. Picture a ski slope: You start at the top and go down to the nipple. You can be born with breasts like this, or they can turn this way after breast-feeding.

The best bra: If you want fullness, you want a push-up with crescent-shaped padding, which will push the lower breast tissue up, bringing your breasts together.

5. Settled

Twenty-seven percent of women. This is a nicer way of saying that your breasts are deflated or hanging. You need support and you need to pull those girls up! As you age, breasts are not as firm, but they are malleable, so you can form them into any shape you want.

The best bra: A well-structured, multi-part bra that has cup has seams in it. Seams give your breasts great structure and a nice shape.

6. Conical

About 6 to 7 percent of women. Generally, a woman who is a C-cup or smaller. The breasts are cone shaped rather than round.

The best bra: Look fuller with padded bras. If you push the apex in, you get more of a natural breast shape.

7. Thin

About 5 percent of women. If you look in medical journals, this shape is referred to as “tubular breasts.” What that means your breasts are not as wide as the traditional underwire of bras.

The best bra: Bandeau bras. By “smooshing” the breasts together, you make them less “long,” if you will. A contour cup will also work.

8. Splayed 

Twenty-seven percent of women. Splayed means your breasts go east-west, so you want to bring ‘em in toward the center.

The best bra: Demi bras will show more of your upper breast. Look at the center panel of a bra and see how the cups are attached. You want to look for a triangular piece in between where the wires meet, and side support panels in the cups will help push breasts center too.


Whatever breast type you have and it is hard for you to look for the right bra. When you have to consider a lot of sizing. We know there is no such thing as a one size fits all bra nor All type fits all, but the Adhesive bra has no bands and straps which makes it very versatile. So whatever breast type you have the Adhesive bra, when positioned properly, it can support your breast and give a natural lift without the doubts of health problems caused by ill-fitting bras. 

Next: Read how to get natural lift without a Bra!


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