A Guide: How to Identify If You Have Shallow Breasts

Are you confused about which breast shape you have? As a matter of fact, every woman has different shapes of breasts and one of them is shallow breasts. Did you know that people who have large size breasts can be shallow too, and they might be wearing the wrong bra for their breast shape all this time? Now that you’re reading this article, we will answer your questions and guide you on what shallow breasts are!

First, What Are Shallow Breasts?

Women with shallow breasts basically have their breast tissues spread out across the chest rather than the horizontal depth. To illustrate what it looks like, here’s a visual guide to help you better understand:

Difference between shallow breasts and other breasts

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The base refers to the vertical area that spread across your chest, where your breast tissues are attached to your ribcage. The depth is put simply — how much your breasts extend outward from the body, and they are usually known as projection. If you have shallow breasts, it means that you have a larger base than your breast depth or a small projection. It’s also common for a person with shallow breasts to have their tissues up near the collarbone and it’s normal. Another thing to take note of is the shallowness of your breasts can become greater along with the changes in your breasts’ volume as you age. Some other factors like weight loss, pregnancy, and menopause may also contribute to how shallow your breasts are.

How do I know if I have one?

Understanding the shape of your breasts is crucial for you to decide which type of bra is suitable for your breasts. You might wanna avoid wearing a bra that does not perfectly fit into yours. If you are one of the women with shallow breasts, you will realize that the slope of your breast usually starts way higher than other breast shapes, where a significant amount of tissue is spread across your chest. The space between your breasts can be wide apart or close to each other.

Identify Shallow Breasts

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It is normal for shallow breasts to appear smaller as compared to breasts with more projection, and you may think that because they can be completely self-supported so you don’t need to wear a bra. However, it is still extremely important for you to look for a bra that works well with your breast shape because the tissues still need good support no matter how small they may look.

Signs That Indicate You Have Shallow Breasts

If you’re still blurry about your breasts’ shape, here are the possible indications that you’re shallow-breasted:

  • Whenever you wear your bras, your breasts can’t seem to fill up the whole bra cup which makes it leave some space. Usually, there is a gap on the top edge of the cup. This becomes more obvious when you wear a full cup bra.
  • Or in another case, you will have bra spillage, but because shallow breasts don’t have much projection, the bra “cut through” the breast tissue instead of breast tissue “spillage”.

Shallow Breasts

 

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  • Women with this type of breasts are common to have a bra size of A to E, and band sizes of 28 to 32. However, this can’t be generalized as some women who are shallow-breasted are not within the mentioned size range. For reference, we have included the UK bra size guide below:

Bra Fitting Chart

 

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Bra Styling Tips for Shallow Breasts

Finding a bra that can cover your shallow breasts without leaving a gap may seem tricky. It is no doubt that for shallow-breasted women, achieving a fuller look at their breasts is quite a struggle. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. These are some of the tips you can do if you are shallow-breasted:

  • Bras with pointed cups are a big NO for you who have shallow breasts. This is so because this type of bra is likely to leave empty space on the slope area of your breasts.
  • Avoid bras with stiff materials like a molded cup as they will wrinkle easily. Instead, wear bras from elastic fabrics that can fill your breasts out properly. A bra with this material is more flexible and it will follow the shapes of your breasts effortlessly.
  • Find a bra with a lower underwire if your breasts are spaced together tightly. This can prevent them from being forced apart by high underwires which may cause discomfort. It would be even better to choose a non-wired bra.
  • Wearing a padded bra can also help shallow-breasted women. The pads will work to conceal the empty space in between your breasts.
  • A balconette bra, a demi bra, or any bras with lower cups is a go-to for your shallow breasts. You won’t need to worry about spillage and more importantly, it will fully cover your breasts!

All in all, the key to finding the right bra is having accurate sizing and ensuring that it fits perfectly. For extra guides, don’t hesitate to check out our article on what to look for in a bra if you’re shallow-breasted.

Conclusion

Every one of us has a different shape of breasts and embracing it is the best thing we can do. So, put aside your worry if you have shallow breasts and keep on finding a bra that fits. If you are still confused about shallow breasts and you have more questions, you can always DM us on Instagram or Facebook. We’ll answer all of your doubts and provide proper guidance for women to choose the right bra. Even more, we can help you to determine which bras work best for you. You might also find people who encountered the same frustration as you!

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