The Best Bra for Shallow Profile Breasts

The right bra can lift and fill a shallow bust.

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Finding a bra that fits is hard for nearly every woman, but it can be especially hard if you have shallow breasts. Shallow profile breasts are full at the bottom, but lack fullness and density through the upper portion of the breast tissue. The right bra can keep your bust looking fuller and prettier, but the wrong bra may gape, gather and fit poorly.

Fit and Sizing

Most bras are made for rounded or full breasts. Breasts often change in size and shape as you age, leaving you in need of a new bra fitting to get the right size for your body. A good lingerie fitting at a department store or privately owned lingerie store can help you determine the correct size. You may find that you need a smaller cup size as you age. If your breasts have lost fullness with age, they may now be more shallow. Fortunately, the right bra can give you back the fullness and lift of your youth.

Balconette Bras

Balconette bras have a low, horizontal cut across the breasts. The bra comes slightly above the nipple and most often has wide-set straps. If you have shallow profile breasts, a balconette style will avoid the baggy upper cup phenomenon. While a balconette does not add size or create cleavage, it will provide support. Choose a pretty and lacy style under heavier garments or opt for a molded cup balconette bra for T-shirts and other lightweight fabrics.

Push-Up Bras

Push-up bra styles can give you lift and help you to look perkier if you have shallow breasts. Push-up bras contain padding under and to the outside of each breast, moving the breast tissue up and inward. Choose a push-up style with a lined, molded cup, like a T-shirt bra, for additional shape and support. Some push-up bras add size, while others just provide lift.

What Not to Wear

A few bra styles do not work with shallow profile breasts. Full-cup bras may seem like a modest and practical option but won't work well if your breasts don't fill the cups. If you do opt for a full coverage cup, choose a firm molded cup to avoid bagging fabric in the upper half of the bra. You may also find that deep plunge styles that put the upper part of your breasts on display are a less flattering option.

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