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Top-Heavy Bust, what is that?

Understanding your bra size is just the beginning when it comes to finding the perfect fit. It's crucial to realize that breasts are uniquely shaped, which means different bra styles work better for different types of breasts. Whether you have top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or uniformly full breasts, the right style can make a significant difference. This post aims to help you determine if you have top-heavy breasts and to guide you in choosing bras that will fit you beautifully.

Identifying Top-Heavy Breasts:

If you've tried numerous bras but consistently experience overflow (commonly known as "quadraboob") or significant gaping, you're likely dealing with top-heavy breasts. For breasts that are fuller at the top, it's essential to choose a bra that can accommodate this extra volume without cutting into your breast tissue, which can create the illusion of a too-small cup even if it's technically the right size. Top-heavy breasts can be due to either the sheer volume of breast tissue or its density.

Volume vs. Density:

To identify if your breasts are top-heavy due to volume, try the "lean over" test:

  • Lean forward in front of a mirror without a bra, keeping your back parallel to the floor.

  • Observe the direction your nipples point:

  • Straight down indicates evenly full breasts.

  • Towards your face suggests bottom-heavy breasts.

  • Towards your stomach indicates top-heavy breasts.

Assessing Tissue Distribution:

Standing straight, look in the mirror to see if there's more volume above or below your nipple line. Top-heavy breasts typically have a lower apex, meaning your nipples seem to sit lower compared to the overall breast mass. You might also notice more volume towards the outer edges or a more even distribution across each breast.

Distinguishing Breast Types:

  • Full All Round Breasts: Appear equally full from all angles.

  • Top Heavy Breasts: Fuller at the top, requiring bras that provide ample space and support in this area.

  • Bottom Heavy Breasts: Fuller at the bottom, often needing bras with good support on the lower panels.

Choosing the Right Bra for Top-Heavy Breasts:

 The right bra needs a deep enough upper cup to comfortably house the upper volume of your breasts. It should also curve properly to prevent cutting into any part of your breast tissue.

  • Opt for bras with a flexible upper edge, such as those with stretch lace, which conform to the shape of your breast rather than forcing your breasts to fit the bra.

  • Bras with a horizontal cut (like sweetheart cuts) are generally more favorable than those with a diagonal cut, which can exacerbate the quadraboob effect if the top edge cuts across your breasts' natural curve.

A stretch lace upper panel allows the bra to fit your shape rather than the other way around

Trial and Error:

Ultimately, the best way to find your perfect bra is to try on different styles and see what feels and looks best. Don't be discouraged by the process—it's about finding what works uniquely for you.

By understanding these nuances, you can better navigate the world of bras and find those that offer both comfort and confidence, enhancing your natural shape without compromise.


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