How to Measure Your Breast Shape?

Various breast shapes

When it comes to finding the perfect bra, it’s not just about finding the right size. Your breast shape also plays a critical role in determining which bra styles will provide the best fit and support. Knowing your correct breast shape is crucial in finding the perfect bra. Different breast shapes require different types of bras for proper support, comfort, and aesthetics. This guide will walk you through a step-by-step process of how to measure your breast shape and how to compare the common shapes.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Your Breast Shape

There are several different breast shapes, including round, teardrop, asymmetrical, and east-west. To determine your breast shape, start by looking at your breasts in the mirror without a bra on. Take note of the following:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and remove clothing from your upper body. Keep your bra on if you’re comfortable; otherwise, remove it. Your breasts should be in a natural and relaxed position.
  2. Inspect your breasts’ fullness. The fullness of breasts refers to their distribution, either above the nipple, below the nipple, or even on both the sides. For instance, if your breasts are fuller on top, they’re considered “full-on-top” shape. If they’re fuller at the bottom, they’re “full-on-bottom” shape. If they’re evenly distributed, they have a “balanced” shape.
  3. Calculate their width. The width of the breast is determined by how far they extend towards your armpits. Breasts that don’t extend far are “narrow-root”, while those that do are “wide-root”.
  4. Determine their projection. The projection refers to how far your breasts come out from your chest wall. If they appear to stick out more, they are “projected” and if they tend to be spread more over the chest, they are “shallow”.
  5. Check if your breasts are close or far apart from each other. The spacing between your breasts contributes significantly to your bra’s fit. If your breasts touch each other, they’re “close-set”. In contrast, if they have a gap in between, they’re “wide-set”.
  6. Notice their orientation. If your nipples are pointing to the front, your breasts are ‘forward-facing’. If they point slightly to the sides, your breasts are ‘side facing’.
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Based on these factors, you can determine which breast shape you have.

Some common breast shapes

There are several common breast shapes, including:

  1. Round: If your breasts are full and equally proportioned on the top and bottom, you likely have a round breast shape.
  2. Teardrop: If your breasts are fuller on the bottom and taper off toward the top, resembling a teardrop, you likely have a teardrop breast shape.
  3. East West: If your nipples point outward rather than forward, you likely have an East West breast shape.
  4. Side Set: If your breasts are spaced farther apart on your chest, you likely have a side-set breast shape.
  5. Asymmetric: If one breast is noticeably larger or a different shape than the other, you have an asymmetric breast shape.
  6. Bell Shape: If your breasts are slimmer at the top and fuller at the bottom, you likely have a bell-shaped breast shape.
  7. Athletic: If your breasts are more muscular and less fatty, you likely have an athletic breast shape.

Important Factors for Determining Bra Shape

  1. Correct Size: An incorrect bra size can give a wrong perception of breast shape. Hence, ensuring you’re wearing the correct bra size is vital before trying to determine the shape.
  2. Change in Weight: Weight loss or gain can change the size and shape of your breast. Thus, you must remeasure your breasts after any significant weight change.
  3. Aging: With age, breasts tend to become less firm and saggy, which might alter their shape, and thus, your bra shape may change.
  4. Post-Pregnancy: Women’s breasts can drastically change after pregnancy and breastfeeding, it becomes essential to reassess the shape after this life stage.
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It’s important to note that many people may not fit perfectly into one category and may have a combination of breast shapes. Understanding your breast shape can help you find bras that fit well and provide the right amount of support and coverage for your body.


Sarah is a seasoned bra specialist with over 10 years of experience in designing and recommending bras for women of all shapes and sizes. Her expertise in the latest trends, fabrics, and technologies in the lingerie industry makes her the go-to person for finding the perfect bra to fit any need or style.

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