Breast Shape Guide

All about breast shapes

Let’s dispel the myth that all boobs are alike.
Because let’s be real here – they’re not!

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes as do sports bras. That’s why, even though we’re super sure we’ve got the right sports bra size, it still might not fit comfortably.

Knowing your breast shape can be a great help – it means less guessing when it comes to the bras you choose and, of course, less bounce!

 

Round Breasts

These breasts are full and round, equally full at the top and bottom, coming to a small point in the middle. If you’ve had breast implants, you will most likely have this shape.

Sports Bra suggestions:

Most sports bra manufacturers create their products with this shape in mind, so generally all sports bras work on this type.

What to ask yourself next:

What activities will I need a sports bra for? What features am I looking for? Use our filters to find the right one for you!

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Asymmetric Breasts

This is when one breast is larger than the other. It’s actually very common, with most women having slightly uneven breasts, the difference is usually by one cup size or less.

Sports Bra suggestions:

Always fit for your largest breast and fill out your smaller breast.

If your unevenness is over a cup size try to find bras with the option to add or remove breast enhancers, this can help you customise the fit to even out your smaller breast.

We recommend trying sports bras that are a compression or hybrid style. Stay away from encapsulation and underwired sports bras as they can be harder to fit. Compression and hybrid styles will offer more elasticity and stretch to comfortably fit both breasts without gaping.

Styles to Try:

Runderwear Original Runderbra – This soft cup sports bra has removable padding in the cups, no underwire and is a hybrid style. You can adjust the straps and band to give you the right fit every time.

Shock Absorber D+ Max Support – Also a hybrid style, this full coverage sports bra comes up higher than most sports bras and offers ultimate side support. Perfect for anyone with D+ cup.

Limitless Sports Bra – This front fastening style is perfect for anyone A – C cup. It has two sets of removable cups and plenty of adjustability in the band and strap length. Perfect for medium to high impact, the light and breathable material will offer ultimate elasticity, while still providing the support you need.

Sportjock Action or Super Sports Bra – This over the head style is perfect for anyone A – F cup. Perfect for any activity, the light and breathable material will offer ultimate elasticity, while still providing the support you need.

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Omega/ Ball-Shaped Breasts

This shape is more commonly seen on large cupped breasts (DD+). It is generally characterised by being fuller at the bottom but having a slim top.

Sports Bra suggestions

Go for full cupped sports bras – these will add additional support to the thinner top of your breast and avoid that dreaded quad boob effect.

Go for high support where possible –the thin top in comparison to the fuller bottom means you may need more support than other shapes to keep you comfortable and bounce free.

Avoid low support styles – these will only cause discomfort and create a quad boob.

Styles to Try:

Royce Impact Free G-K Sports Bra – This sports bra will offer full cup coverage and give you a nice shape. It’s ideal for anyone G -K cup and will ensure that all your breast tissue is protected.

Shock Absorber D+ Max Support – This full coverage sports bra comes up higher than most sports bras and offers ultimate side support. Perfect for anyone with D+ cup.

Swemark Successful Sports Bra – If you are below a D cup, try this sports bra! Very similar to the Shock Absorber D+ Max Support, it will offer full cup coverage and ultimate support for any activity.

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East West Breasts

This is when the breasts gravitate to either side of the chest. The nipples generally end up pointing outwards instead of to the front. The east west shape is most common on smaller breasts. (A – C cup).

Sports Bra suggestions

Try padded or lightly moulded sports bras – these can help gather your breast tissue to the front instead of to the sides.

Go for a sports bra with good side support – this will allow for a more secure fit.

Styles to Try:

Shock Absorber Padded Run Bra – This sports bra has moulded cups, high sided cut and a racerback design for high impact support. It’s perfect for any activity and will ensure you get the best shape!

Triaction Hybrid Lite Sports Bra – This sports bra has light padding in the cups and ensures that all of the breast tissue is protected and has an extra wide band for ultimate support during any activity. You’ll have a nice shape and the freedom of multiway straps with this bra!

Anita Air Control Padded Sports Bra – Available up to an H cup (G in UK sizing) this sports bra is high impact, lightly padded and super breathable.. It offers maximum support and a flattering shape.

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Side Set Breasts

Side set breasts are like east-west breasts – where the breast tissue gravitates to the sides, however side set breasts are generally larger and fuller with the nipples pointing to the front. There is also a little more space between each breast than the east – west shape. If you struggle to create cleavage, having side set boobs might be the reason for this.

Sports Bra suggestions

Try sports bras with a bit more cup padding – these can help gather your breast tissue to the front instead of to the sides.

Go for a bra with good side support – this will allow for a more secure fit.

Styles to Try:

Freya Active Epic Underwired Crop Top – This sports bra will offer ultimate support with its lightly padded cups and full coverage style. The band has four hook and eye clasps and a racerback option to beat the bounce!

Shock Absorber N109 D+ Max Support – If you’re not a fan of padding, then this sports bra will be the one for you. The hybrid style ensures your breasts stay in place but also makes sure they have a nice shape and ample side support.

Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra – This sports bra is a best seller with its appealling design, full cup coverage and flattering fit. Ample side support helps keep side set breasts comfortable and encased without feeling weighed down.

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Slim Breasts

These breasts look slim, long and sometimes tuberous in shape with the nipple pointing downward. Generally, this shape is seen on smaller breasts. (A – D cup) Because of their slimness individuals with slim breasts might struggle to find a good fitting bra. Sports bras with underwire tend to be too wide for this shape, so normally the sports bra ends up being worn on the chest, too far below the breast tissue. This means slim breasts lose out on a lot of support!

Sports Bra suggestions

Avoid underwire if it causes discomfort – this style can prevent your breasts from getting the support they need.

Compression sports bras are great because they secure the breast tissue without wires.

If you want to experiment, try out some hybrid styles of sports bra. These might provide some more shape without the uncomfortable or unsupportive fit.

Styles to Try:

Swemark Magic Sports Bra – This hybrid style will you give you a nice shape, while also ensuring you get the right support. You’ll have great side support and full cup coverage in this sports bra.

Pour Moi Energy Underwired Lightly Padded Convertible Sports Bra – This sports bra has an extra wide band and multiway straps. It’ll give you that uplift and shape you’re looking for and ensure you’re ready for that run!

Shock Absorber Padded Run Bra – This style is perfect for protecting all your breast tissue. The wide shape and light moulding ensures ultimate support and comfort.

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Tear Drop Breasts

Like the round shape but tend to be less full at the top. They can be spotted by the nipple which will likely be set in the middle or be facing upward. This shape tends to fit most styles of sports bra, but underwired ones can be particularly good as it gives more support at the bottom where the breast is fuller.

Sports Bra suggestions

If your breasts are larger (DD+) go for an encapsulated style to support the bottom of your breasts.

Underwired sports bras will ensure the bottom of your breasts is completely supported.

Styles to Try:

Freya Active Sonic Underwired Moulded Sports Bra – The underwire and shape of this sports bra will ensure your breasts have ample support. It will also ensure that you have a nice shape!

Panache Ultimate Sports Bra – The light padded cups and underwire on this sports bra means you’ll beat the bounce. The full cup coverage and padded straps will let you forget you’re even wearing a sports bra.

Royce Impact Free – If you aren’t a fan of underwires, then have no fear! This sports bra has you covered with its full cup coverage and extra wide band.

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Relaxed Breasts

These breasts have lax tissue and tend to have nipples that point downwards.

Sports Bra suggestions

Go for push up or padded, or underwired sports bras which will provide some additional support and lift.

Make sure the band is thick enough to support your breasts, along with ensuring the sports bra has thicker straps to lift the breast tissue comfortably.

Styles to Try:

Panache Ultimate Sports Bra – This underwired sports bra has lightly padded cups and a j-hook option to make the straps racerback. It’ll ensure you have a nice shape and that uplift that relaxed breasts need.

Freya Active Underwired Crop Top – The underwire and shape of this sports bra will ensure your breasts have ample support. It will also ensure that you have a nice shape!

ENELL Sports Bra – This unique front fastening sports bra has a wide band and extra wide back for ultimate support. The full cup coverage also ensures you feel secure and confident.

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Athletic Breasts

Athletic breasts tend to be more wide and muscular. They tend to also have less breast tissue so generally are seen on A-C cups. Athletic shapes have the opposite problem of slim shaped breasts. Athletically shaped breast tissue is wider than the usual archetypal breast shape which can make it hard for people with athletic breasts to find the right shape and fit.

Sports Bra suggestions

Avoid underwired sports bras – sports bras with underwire are built for archetypal breasts that are slimmer than athletic breasts. So underwire can be uncomfortable and sit wrong on the breast tissue of the athletic shape.

Go for compression – these sports bras will provide enough support for many with this shape as they are wire free and are great for people with less breast tissue.

Styles to Try:

Sportjock Action Sports Bra – Ideal for A-C cup breasts, this sports bra is no-nonense with its seamless interior, no fastenings and power band support system. If you want comfort and no fuss, this is perfect for you.

Shock Absorber Ulltimate Run Bra – Our number one sports bra for running provides full coverage, extreme impact support and won't let you down.

PureLime Padded Athletc Sports Bra – This padded sports bra provides extreme support and a flattering fit. The breathable, soft material makes it perfect for any activity and the contoured cups give a feminine shape.

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