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different breast shapes

We all know that breasts come in many different sizes — but did you know that they come in a wide range of shapes, too? Boosting your knowledge about the different breast shapes can help you to determine your own, thus making bra shopping a whole lot easier. Of course, no two pairs are the same. Still, most boobs will fall under one of the following general categories.

So without further ado, here’s the complete guide to the most common breast shapes: 


The name pretty much sums it up: Firm and equally full at the bottom and the top, these breasts are naturally rounded. The breast tissue isn’t concentrated anywhere specifically — instead, it’s evenly distributed throughout.

Tear Drop

Like the pendulous category, the tear drop shape tends to have more tissue on the lower part of the breasts and the nipples may point south. However, this shape tends to be rounder and fuller overall, with a somewhat pointy teardrop shape at the bottom.

Close Set

This shape describes breasts that are set more toward the center of the chest with little space in between.


It’s actually rather common to have one breast that’s larger than the other. The truth is that none of us are exactly symmetrical — however, a difference of close to a cup size or more qualifies as an asymmetric shape. (Sound familiar? Fret not: There are plenty of ways to make your boobs look more symmetrical!)

Related: How To Buy Bras For Different Sized Breasts


Breasts that contain less tissue, are wider set and overall more muscular classify as athletic. This breast shape is more common in those with smaller bra sizes.


Shallow at the top and bottom (but especially at the top, and slightly fuller at the lower end), this shape looks slightly elongated and typically includes downward facing nipples. If the breasts are particularly droopy or pendulous, the culprit may be breastfeeding or simply aging (indeed, gravity is cruel).

Wide Set

Breasts that are set toward the outside of the chest and have a slightly larger gap in the center (as in two or more fingers’ distance) fall under this shape. Side set breasts also tend to be on the smaller side.

Outward Facing

This shape is nearly identical to the wide set shape — however, in addition to gravitating to the outside of the chest, the nipples also point in the outer direction as well.

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with eight different breast shapes, you’re likely getting a better idea about which describes your bust — which is crucial given that certain styles may work better for you than others. Because aside from your size, your shape is the most important factor to know before shopping for new bras. After all, we firmly believe that you deserve undergarments that are designed to accommodate your body.

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Happy bra shopping!

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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