For this week’s Friday Q&A, we’re continuing our series on breast shape. Last week, we took a quick look at how breast shape and cup style affects bra fit. This week, we’re going to get more up-close-and-personal with breast shape. What kind of breast shape do women usually have? How do you find a bra that works with a certain type of breast shape? Bottom line: we’re all different, but here’s a quick overview of the basics.
The Six Breast Shapes
While every woman really is different, breast shape tends to break down into one of six general shapes:
The archetypical breast shape is the “standard” that many bra brands design for. The breasts are full and round, and they come to a small point at the nipple.
Asymmetrical breasts are breasts that aren’t of equal size. It’s actually very common for women to have asymmetrical or uneven breasts that are slightly different in size, but within a single cup size of one another. It’s less common for women who have asymmetrical breasts of greater than a cup size, but it does happen.
Conical breasts have a very typical base, but from there the breast tissue tends to be more elongated and cone-like than the round, full breast of the archetypical shape. Conical breasts tend to exist in C cup sizes or less.
Some women have breasts where the base of the breast tissue is smaller in circumference than the typical archetype. Thin breasts, also called tuberous breasts, have a shape that appears to be slim and elongated due to the smaller circumference of the base. Like conical breasts, thin breasts tend to occur mostly in C cup or smaller breasts.
The Omega breast shape is where the base of the breast tissue is one circumference, but further down the breasts the tissue is actually a larger circumference. In other words, the breast tissue itself has a larger circumference than the base of the breast. This tends to happen most often in women with larger breasts – typically D cup and up.
Reduced projection breasts have a typical breast base circumference, but the breasts don’t fill out the cups – the breast tissue itself doesn’t project far enough to fill out the cup in the size that matches the circumference of the breast base. Reduced projection breasts are somewhat unusual, and they tend to occur more in breast reduction surgery or women who have had a mastectomy.
Match Your Bra to Tissue Type and Breast Shape for the Best Fit!
No matter what type of breast shape you have, there’s a bra that will work for you! All you need to do is figure out what type of breast shape you have, and look for bra styles where the cup works with your particular breast tissue. For example, full-coverage bras are great for women with an omega breast shape, while push-up bras are great for women with thin or conical breast shapes. Understand your body and learn what fits best to create a look you’ll love!