As this effects 1 in 3 of us, I figured it’d be a good problem to dissect.
To get us started, here is a fun fact that I learnt during my Bra fitting studies. For those of us with one breast bigger than the other, 75% of time the right breast is larger than the left. At this point in time there doesn’t seem to be any scientific theory about why.
There is only really one thing you need to know about dealing with ‘uneven breast syndrome’ (that’s my name for it!), always fit the larger breast, period. There are no buts about it, that is the only technically correctly (and most importantly, flattering!) way to do it.
If you have a full cup (or more!) size difference you should try some of my ideas below to ensure your smaller breast doesn’t look out of place in the bigger cup.
1. Look for ‘stretch’ materials in the cup. This material is more likely to conform against the smaller breast resulting in less empty space and unsightly bunching of materials.
2. Try a slightly padded contoured cup option. A padded every day bra will give a predetermined shape regardless of whether your breast fills out the cup.
3. Add chicken fillets or removable breast pads. This is obviously not appropriate for Sports Bras as there is just too much movement to accommodate this. In your every day or special occasion bra it’s a great way to go. These come in different sizes depending on where you are purchasing them from, so hunt around for a size that will give you the right adjustment.
4. Avoid underwire Sports Bras. When it comes to Sports Bras there are plenty of options without underwire cups. The right option will still give you a great shape and leave you with less chance of bunching material.
And the last piece of advice I give to my customers with uneven breasts is to ensure sure they work on their glute & leg strength of their smaller breasted side… after all, you don’t want to end up running in circles do you! (Thankfully, to date, most of my customers have managed to appreciate the humour in this!).
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