Classify Your Breasts: Upper Breast Fullness. Expert Bra Fitting Advice by Tomima Edmark
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Classifying Your Breast Fullness For Bra Fit

Upper Breast Fullness

The volume of breast tissue in the upper half of your breasts is what determines how much fullness you will have at your neckline. This fullness is called "mounding." When you see a woman in a corset with her breasts pushed up and almost spilling over, this is full mounding. Generally, we all start off with full upper breast tissue, but age, genetics, babies, illness, going braless, weight fluctuations and more can impact your upper breast fullness. This lost fullness/lack of fullness impacts how your bra will fit.

Full Upper Breast
Full upper brasts are round and full above the apex of the breast. Full breasts are particularly common among post-pubescent girls. Breasts with implants are generally full as well.

Bra Suggestions:
  • All bra styles on the market fit a woman with full upper breasts.

Semi-full Upper Breast

The upper breast has less fullness, but there is still some fullness. Generally, as a woman ages, she goes from full to semi-full upper breasts. Semi-full breasts will not have quite as much breast fullness when wearing a strapless bra as a woman with full upper breasts.

Bra Suggestions:
  • All bra styles on the market fit a woman with full upper breasts.

Shallow Upper Breasts

The upper breast in profile shows signs of being less full. Some use the analogy of your breast profile looking like a down-hill ski jump. Many women’s breasts naturally develop into this shape from the beginning. Breasts can also become shallow over time. And, having a baby, weight loss, and/or illness etc. can contribute to your upper breasts becoming shallow.

Bra Suggestions:
  • Cut & Sew bras (seams in the cups) will give your best shape and support. Seams take your malleable breast tissue and turns it into a round full shape. IF you don’t mind seams in your cups, this is your best solution.
  • Bras with full coverage cups will cover the shallowness, and thus give a fuller look. However, some full coverage styles can also wrinkle in the upper cup area. And, your inability to fill out some full coverage cups could contribute to your straps slipping off your shoulders.
  • Bras where there is elasticity along the upper edge of the cups can be a good choice because they will form to your breast shape and reduce cup wrinkling.
  • Contour cup bras (molded cups with a thin layer of foam for shaping) are also a great choice and will give you a fuller look because the cup has been pre-shaped.
  • A push-up bra with a thick push-up pad in the bottom of the cup should create a mounding effect and give you upper breast fullness.
  • Bras with cups made out of stretch fabric will mold and fit to your breast shape.
  • Balconnette and demi bras are not optimal because your reduced upper breast fullness will not create a full look in these bra styles.

Deflated Upper Breasts

Deflated fullness means the upper breast tissue is almost or completely gone. This deflation contributes to breasts sagging and becoming pendulous - a very common occurrence in older women. Deflation can also result from tremendous weight loss, and/or a severe illness.

Bra Suggestions:
  • First, it’s very important that you lean forward and place your breasts in the bra cups before fastening your bra. This will go a long way towards giving your breasts their optimal full look.
  • Cut & Sew bras where there are seams in the cups will give you great support, coverage and shape. This style of bra is your best bet in all cup sizes.
  • Contour cup bras (molded bras with a thin layer of foam for modesty and shape) are a good choice for giving you a rounded and full look. But make sure not to pick full coverage contour bra because there could be gaps. And if you are larger than a DD cup size, contour bras are not as supportive.
  • A soft-cup bra (bra without underwires) that has structure and seams in its cups will feel very comfortable to you. But pull-over, unstructured soft-cup bras will give you a saggy look
  • A push-up bra is a possibility, but you should not expect mounding or cleavage. And this style is not recommended if you are larger than a D cup size.
  • Full coverage cups will also give you a fuller look by covering the shallowness of your upper breasts. Cut & Sew bras where there are seams in the cups will give you great support, coverage and shape.
  • Bras with triangle shaped cups tend to mask your shallowness.
  • Demi bras, plunge bras and balconette bras should be avoided because you won’t have enough upper breast tissue to fill out the cups, what upper tissue you have will look jiggly.


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