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I had no idea that there was such a job title as "lingerie expert," but it sure does sound like an interesting gig—especially when considering those very people discovered that there were nine different breast shapes.
A San Francisco-based lingerie firm called ThirdLove—who had previously determined that there were "only" seven types of breasts—just revealed two more to add to the mix. So, whether you're a man or woman, these might be good to know.
- If you have athletic breasts, this means they are wider and more muscular with less tissue. A classic push up bra is the best choice of underwear to create the illusion of curves.
- Nipples that point downwards is one sign that you have relaxed breasts. And if the tissue in the breasts feels quite lax, this is another indicator. Again, a push up bra will help to lift the breasts and give you some confidence-boosting shape.
- If your breasts are a round shape and are equally full on top and bottom, then you're lucky enough not to need too much support. You can probably get away with a thin bra without underwire as you don't need to change the position of your breasts.
- If you have smaller breasts that gravitate to the outside of the chest then you're an East West. Another sign is nipples that point outwards and a gap between your cleavage. A t-shirt bra will help to create a smooth silhouette and pull the breasts in, giving you a more streamlined shape.
5. Side Set
- Side set breasts are fuller than East Wests but still fall outwards, and there's also a wide space between breasts. The best bra for you is a plunge bra, which will pull the breasts up and in. You may be particularly prone to your breasts spilling out of the side because of their position if the cup is too small. So you may need a cup size bigger than you normally go for if you find this happening.
- Breasts that are smaller at the top than they are at the bottom and are longer than they are wide are considered slender, especially if they're on the small side. A plunge bra will help to lift the breasts and you might want to consider padding for extra oomph.
7. Bell Shape
- If your breasts are slimmer at the top and fuller at the bottom, then you're a Bell Shape. Because women with Bell shaped breasts tend to have fuller busts, you need a bra with plenty of support to lift the breasts.
- Almost all women have one breast that is larger than the other to some degree, and even Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out about the perils of having lopsided boobs. If your asymmetry is significant enough to cause a problem, then a bra with removable padding is your friend as you can remove it on the side of your larger breast.
- If your breasts are rounded but slightly less full at the top then you're lucky enough to be teardrop shaped. These kind of breasts are easy to accommodate in any style of bra, making shopping a lot easier when all you have to worry about is size. You can probably get away with anything from a balconette to a plunge.
You can check out some of the sketches of each type over at Daily Mail.