A Guide to Picking the Right Bra for Your Particular Shape and Style

Most women buy bras that are the wrong shape and fit for their bodies, typically choosing bras where the band is too big and the cup too small.

A Guide to Picking the Right Bra for Your Particular Shape and Style

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According to Good Housekeeping, many of us don’t give adequate consideration to our body type. First get properly fitted, then use this straightforward guide to find the best bra for your breast shape.

The Ski Slope

Around 10% of women have shallow breasts that tilt towards the nipple like a ski slope. Choose a push up bra with crescent-shaped padding to push the breasts upwards and together, giving the illusion of fullness.


Though your breasts might not have the youthful uplift of a teenager, they still have a pleasing fullness. If you’re one of the 30% of women with this breast type, you can choose any bra you want. If you have fuller breasts, a full cup bra like the Prima Donna Deauville bra is best. The Prima Donna Deauville bra from Orchid can support and shape the fuller bust.


A very small percentage of women have conical shaped breasts, which are generally a C cup or smaller and pointed rather than rounded. Choose a padded bra for a more natural, rounded shape, otherwise a non-underwired bra is perfect for comfort.


Over 40% of women have one breast bigger than the other. This is related to left- and right-handedness, which determines which muscles work harder. Make sure you get fitted for the larger breast and try contour cups or a thin layer of padding to round out the smaller breast.


Just over a quarter of women have breasts that are no longer as perky as they once were. The good news is that a decent bra with cup seams can mould and shape your breasts, giving them the structure they naturally lack.


If you’re one of the 5% of women who is very slim, then finding underwire bras to fit can be a nightmare. The right style is a bandeau bra that flattens the breasts together to give width rather than length, or you could try a good contour cup.


If your breasts splay apart, choose a demi bra with wide set straps and shorter underwires. This will help lift your breasts and get them facing front and centre.