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The image above represents an assortment of breast shapes.[1]

Breast shape guide

A visual guide to help identify breast shape.[2]

Breast shape is a contributor to bra fit which is not often considered.


Full breasts are round and equally full everywhere. Those with full breasts struggle "quad-boob", even when they have a bra that properly fits, because bras cause spill-over by cutting into the breast tissue.

Best bras for full breasts
  • A demi-cup bra is low cut to avoid quad-boob effect.
  • A balconette bra has a square neckline that falls mid-breast.
  • A full-cup bra covers your full breast and will avoid cutting across the fullest part.
  • A bra with an elastic top can make the shape appear more streamlined.
Worst bras for full breasts
  • A bra that cuts across the fullest part of your breast will create quad-boob.[3]
  • A bra with stiff lace or a tight seam at the top can create quad-boob.

Full on bottom

Full on bottom (FOB) breasts have most of the breast tissue in the lower-half of the breast.[4]

Best bras for full on bottom breasts

  • A balconette bra with a tight upper-cup will contain the breasts and prevent gaping.

Worst bras for full on bottom breasts


Full on bottom and full on top breasts can be many shapes, but nipple placement is usually an easy tell.[5]

Full on top

Full on top (FOT) breasts have most of the breast tissue in the top-half of the breast.

Best bras for full on top breasts

  • A half-cup bra with an open upper-cup will contain the breasts without cutting into them, causing quad-boob.
  • A balcony or full-cup bra with a stretchy top section will cover the breasts and give a natural shape.

Worst bras for full on top breasts


Your breasts are pear-shaped if they're fuller on the bottom half and your nipples are slightly pointing downwards.

Best bras for pear-shaped breasts
  • A molded-cup bra will shape and lift the breast.
  • A padded bra can enhance your breast size and reduce the appearance of sagging by making them look fuller.
  • A padded T-shirt bra is soft and has full coverage, so that will make your breasts look more firm.
Worst bras for pear-shaped breasts
  • A full-cup bra will not be filled our by your shape at the top, and it will gap.
  • A balconette bra may not make your breasts look as perky and attractive as you would like, as they're not super firm.[3]


Pointed breasts have a sloping shape at the top, with pointy nipples, and they need extra help in order to retain a rounded shape.

Best bras for pointed breasts
  • A molded-cup T-shirt bra will reduce nipple show and round out the shape.
  • A padded bra can encourage a rounder shape.
  • A padded push-up bra pushes breasts up and together.
Worst bras for pointed breasts
  • A plunge bra will simply make your breasts fall forward, out of the bra.[3]


If you've had a breast augmentation, you can wear near any bra style without worrying about a compromised shape.

Best bras for augmented breasts
  • A bandeau is a type of soft, wrap-around strapless bra.
  • An adhesive bra is perfect for strapless dresses.
  • A strapless bra works for tube tops.
  • No bra will work for you, as you don't have to worry about drooping.
  • A sports bra is still important for exercise, or the skin surrounded your breasts will lose its tautness.[3]
Worst bras for augmented breasts


If your breast tissue is very spread out all over your chest without having a lot of projection you are shallow-shaped. This shape often occurs in smaller cupsizes from A-DD, but has also been observed in a lot larger cupsizes (28H UK, 32G UK, 36GG UK). With this shape, you might not feel the need of wearing a bra. Your options differ on whether you wish to simply avoid nipple chafing or want to appear larger.

Best bras for shallow breasts

A Bra That Fits has an ongoing project to determine what bras work, and don't work, for shallow shapes[6]

  • Shallow shaped breasts need bras that are very open on top
  • Many padded and some unpadded halfcups work well for a shallow shape
  • A padded bra can enhance your size and look natural.
  • A bandeau has simple coverage to avoid nipple chafing.
  • A shaped camisole works well to avoid constriction and nipple chafing.
Worst bras for shallow breasts
  • A push-up bra will make your breasts look enhanced unnaturally.[3]
  • Plunges often have a very closed rim that will cut in on many women with this shape
  • unpadded 3/4 cups with narrow wires and deep cups
Projected vs shallow breasts, same size

An example of the projected-shallow breasts spectrum. [7] Full version here.



Wide-set breasts have natural middle gap with a the space narrower at top than at the bottom.
Best bras for wide-set breasts
  • A balconette bra will lift and round-out your shape.
  • A plunge bra will naturally help your breasts fall toward the middle, and they sometimes have padding to better assist with his goal.
  • A padded molded-cup bra will fit your breasts into a specific shape.
  • A push-up bra will pushes breasts up and together.
  • A padded push-up will give your breasts an ideal shape, as well as push them up and together.
Worst bras for wide-set breasts
  • A bra that simply pushes your breasts together might look forced.[3]


If your breasts are close-set, you have issues with gores being too wide and not sitting flat against your sternum.
Best bras for close-set breasts
  • A bra with a very narrow or very low center gore will work well, or you can try to narrow a center gore yourself.
Worst bras for close-set breasts
  • Full-cup bras typically have wider center gores.
  • Balconettes tend to have tall gores and can end up laying on top of breast tissue.
  • Any bras with a wide center gore, regardless of cut, will not tack.[3]

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See also Bra sizing by company#Cup_width

A few examples of root widths on different shapes.

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  1. "breast-shapes.gif"
  2. A Bra That Fits: Breast Shapes & Fitting Guide: Thank You & You're Welcome! by chromecoat
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Follow My Curves: "Different Breast Shapes and Their Perfect Bras"
  4. Bras I Hate & Love: Clarifying Breast Shape: Full-on-top VS Full-on-bottom
  5. Bras I Hate & Love: Clarifying Breast Shape: Full-on-top VS Full-on-bottom
  6. Google Docs: Combined Shallow Bra Data Spreadsheet
  7. reddit: Shallow-Projected Breasts Spectrum is DONE! (NSFW)

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See also

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