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Breasts don’t just come in different sizes, they come in significantly different shapes too. And from the level of perkiness to how spaced-apart they are, that affects how bras will fit. But luckily, bras come in a whole bunch of styles, each suited to different breast shapes. There’ll always be something – that perfect combination of size and style – that fits you like a glove. You just need to find out what it is.

And once you do discover not just your best bra size but also your ideal bra design, shopping for great-fitting bras will become much easier!

Today, we’re looking specifically at styles and solutions for ‘full on bottom’ breasts.

What are full on bottom breasts?

Essentially, this breast shape has more tissue below the nipple than above it. The lower half of the breast is fuller and more rounded, while the top is not. It also sometimes gets called ‘shallow on top’ for that reason. If you take your bra off and stand side-on to a mirror, you’ll know you probably have full-on-bottom breasts if they follow a straight or concave line out from your upper chest down to the nipple.

Lots of people have full-on-bottom breasts. Sometimes, it’s the shape your breasts originally grew into. Other times, it’s due to lost upper-fullness as a result of aging, weight loss, or prior pregnancy.

Fit problems of full on bottom breasts

If you have full-on-bottom breasts, you’ve likely had issues with gaping bra cups at some point. That’s because your upper breast is too shallow to always fill the top part of the cup out.

Although a gaping cup is often a sign that you need a smaller cup size, it’s not always that simple. If you’re filling out the lower part of the cup perfectly but just not the top of it, sizing down could mean there’s now not enough space at the bottom. Instead, what you need in this situation is a change of bra style.

Related: Why Bra Cups Gap (And How To Avoid It)

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Ideal bra styles for full on bottom breasts

Shorter cups

Half-cup and demi bras (which includes balconette bras) only come up as high as the mid-breast or so, meaning that they encase the full part of your breast only. Higher up, where the cup may otherwise gape, they have no fabric. Hence, these are a perfect bra style for this breast shape!

Plunge bras are unique in that they have a very low cup at the centre, but then are taller at the outer sides. So there is still potential for them to gape towards the apex, where the cup joins the strap. Look for plunge bras where even the highest part of the cup sits quite low, ideally no higher than the underarm.

Stretch fabrics

Molded bras hold their rounded shape even on the hanger, so you either fill them out or you don’t. They don’t mold their shape to you in the way that an unlined, stretch-fabric bra would. If you’re having issues with gaping cups that are molded, switching to stretch-lace or stretch-mesh bras can make all the difference. Bralettes can be a good choice, but it’s perfectly possible to find wired bras made from stretch fabrics too.

You don’t even need to find a bra that’s stretchy all-over. A stretch-lace trim across the upper cup can be all that’s needed for it to lie flush against your skin.

Push-up bras

If there’s padding at the base of the cup, your breast tissue sits on top of it and so gets lifted higher. This creates a more rounded shape to your upper breast – in other words, adding upper fullness. So push-up padding can help you to fill out the tops of cups better.

Don’t want to buy a whole new bra? You can also use padded inserts, sometimes called bra cookies, to recreate that push-up effect in a regular bra you already own.

If you have full-on-bottom breasts, which bras or bra styles have worked best for you?

Related: How To Tell If A Bra Fits In 4 Easy Steps

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Estelle Puleston

Estelle Puleston is the founder of, a blog dedicated to her love of lingerie. She works full-time as a copywriter and digital marketer for the lingerie and swimwear industry, and when she’s not doing that, she’s probably sewing or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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