Everything to Know About Choosing the Right Bra for Your Body

Walking into the intimates section of a department store or a place that specializes in bras like Victoria's Secret is nothing short of overwhelming.

There are so many factors, like which of the 10,000 styles to choose. And then there's lace, underwire, push-ups, printed pieces… does it ever end? How do you know what type of bra you should be wearing? Besides basics like not wearing a sleeveless top with a strappy bra, or a neon bra with a white tee—unless that's the sort of look you're going for—how do you navigate the basics and know which bra is best for you?

Keep reading for our bra cheat sheet, based on your chest type below!

The Type: East West

If you've got a chest where your boobs point outwards and face more towards your arms than they do straightforward, and are in the A to C cup range, you've got an east west breast type. This is very common, and your best bet is to go for a classic T-Shirt bra that will provide soft shaping and a little bit of underwire to reel your babies in.

 

The Type: Fuller East West

If you're breasts sound like the above but fall into the D and above range, you've got a fuller version of the east west. Because your breasts are heavier, they need a little extra lifting, so a plunging-style bra with underwire and slightly thicker straps will help give you all the support you need.


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The Type: Sisters Not Twins

No two breasts are identical, but does your set more closely resemble sisters (maybe even cousins) instead of twins? It's very common for one breast to be larger than the other, and many girls like to even them out with a padded bra. A little padding adds shape and fullness to the more petite sister.

 

The Type: Petite

Small-breasted gals have loads of options, lucky you! If you can get away with not wearing a bra, that's always a fun option. If you want to add more volume, a medium padded bra with a little bit of pushup will be your secret weapon. You can also wear a bralette, a T-Shirt bra… whatever you like.

 

The Type: Teardrop

If there was ever a "standard" type of boob (even though we really hate saying there is a standard anything when it comes to a body part), it would be the teardrop. The shape is pretty full and bells out more near the nipple. facing more straightforward than out to the sides. Teardrops tend to be perky on their own so you can get away with wearing pretty much the style of your choice.


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The Type: Bells

Bell boobs are narrower at the chest and then significantly round and fill out into a circular bell near the nipple. You have a gorgeous natural curve, so accentuate that with a lightly lined bra with underwire. For bustier girls, a full coverage bra might be needed for more support.


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The Type: Matching Globes

For the girls who have evenly distributed, round breasts, you've got yourself some matching globes! You don't need a lot of help here, so a barely-lined bra is all you really need.


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Sick of wearing bras altogether? HERE are some super comfy bralettes!