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KNOW YOUR BREASTS

A guide to classifying your 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.

- TOMIMA

FULL

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

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 semi-full upper breasts.

SHALLOW

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

DEFLATED

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 toward 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 bras 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.
  • Bras with triangle shaped cups tend to mask your shallowness.
  • Demi brasplunge 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.

DIY BRA SIZING

FIGURE OUT YOUR BRA SIZE YOURSELF BY LOOKING FOR SYMPTOMS

BREAST FULLNESS

LEARN HOW THIS IMPACTS YOUR FIT

BRA SIZING FOR IMPLANTS

LEARN THE FACTORS THAT AFFECT YOUR BRA SIZE

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