Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bottom Heavy Breasts

I often see questions on how to deal with bottoms heavy breasts, as someone who has bottom heavy breasts myself, I felt it was time that I write up a post about them. :) Before I give any recommendation, let's talk about how you can tell if you have bottom heavy breasts...

Signs of Bottoms Heavy Breasts


  • It's hard for me to look at a pair of naked breasts (even my own!) and say unequivocally that they are bottom heavy vs. top heavy.  That being said you can normally tell when in a bra top heavy breasts. Top heavy breasts tend to looks like rounded mounds above the bra.  Two good examples of bloggers with top heavy breasts are Bras I Hate (you can especially see it here in the side view of her wearing the Masquerade Rhea) and The Curvy Kitten wearing the Curvy Kate Tease me here (scroll to the bottom of the post). Whereas bottom heavy breasts don't have as much breast tissue above the cup.  It's hard to find a good picture of them because most lingerie models and bloggers tend to be top heavy and I personally don't post pictures of myself in just my bras.  So you'll have to take my word for it. 
  • One of the big differences between bottom heavy breasts and top heavy breasts are where fit problems show up.  For bottoms heavy breasts you might run into the problem of not filling out the top of the cup - even when everything else fits, you might have gapping underneath the straps and/or wrinkling along the top end of the cups.  Whereas full on top breasts tend to run into the problem of quadraboob on cups that have  tight top edge.  
  • Another issue for bottom heavy breasts is that the bottom of the cup does not have enough depth.  Then the wires are pushed downwards and they sit below the root of your breasts (and dig into your ribs/stomach!).
Now that you have a better idea of what bottom heavy vs. top heavy breasts are, let's move on to bras that work well for bottoms heavy breasts...

 Bras that Work

These are bras that I've tried on in person and I have found work well for my bottom heavy breasts.  Each brings a bit of a difference thing to the table so read below the pictures to find out if it's what you're looking for and other bras that are similar that might work well too.

Bravissimo Alana




 You can see my review here. The Alana is a good every day bra and it keeps soft, bottom heavy breasts very secure because it has a tight lacing along the top edge.  It gives more lift on shorter torsos, which I don't have, but it still works well.  It doesn't give me my preferred rounded shape that I can get from Ewa Michalak bras, however, if you're trying to downplay your breasts more than this is a godo bra for that. 

 I haven't had a chance to try any other Bravissimo bras in the correct size, yet.  However, I have heard that the Dotty Spotty is similar in terms of working well on bottom heavy breasts. 



Ewa Michalak CHs


 If you're a reader of this blog you know that I have an obsession with Ewa Michalak's CH bras.  So far I have reviews up for the CH Onyx and the CH Toffik.   I actually have added a couple of new Ewa Michalak bras to my wardrobe so look for reviews on those soon!

Ewa Michalak bras are not for the faint of heart (or at least ladies trying to hid their breasts!).  They give an amazing rounded shape and your breasts end up being very front and center.  The bras themselves are made from amazingly comfortable materials and are probably some of the best fitting, most comfortable bras that I own.  Ewa Michalak is coming out with their new fall line soon, so watch their website for new styles soon!


Curvy Kate Thrill Me


 Like with Ewa Michalak, the Curvy Kate Thrill Me gives a great rounded shape.  You can see my reviews here and here.  The shape, though, is slightly different.  I find that the Thrill Me gives me more lift and a taller, shallower shape than the Ewa Michalak bras (whereas Ewa Michalak bras give me more depth/forward projection but not the height).

The bra itself is also incredibly comfortable and it's one of my go to bras for days that I don't want to be bothered with anything remotely constraining.  I do cut off the ruffles on the bras, which has helped a lot to make them more T-shirt friendly.  The Tease Me is supposed to fit similarly to the Thrill Me but I have yet to try one.  Brastop, figleaves.com, Undercover Experience, and Amazon are just a few places that carry them for relatively low prices
 


Fantasie Tina


Unfortunately, I don't own this one yet BUT I have tried it on it person and it's just amazing.  I was fitted into a 30GG (well, the 30H was slightly too big and the 32GG fit in the cups but was too big in the band) and they didn't have a 30GG in store, so picture will have to wait until I manage to buy one.   figleaves.com,  and Large Cup Lingerie both carry Fantasie.

That being said, it fit like a glove and really worked WITH my shape.  Like the Alana it really felt like a great secure, every day bra.  However, the shape was significantly better.  It seems so often times that Fantasie isn't talked about on lingerie blogs but it SHOULD be.  I have to say the quality of the bras are heads and shoulders better than Freya  and the fit works really well for me too.  One of my next purchases is definitely going to be a Fantasie bra.  I will say too in terms of sizing that I've found that I can size down quite a bit in Fantasie compared to what I need  in other bras.  Talking to more full on top ladies it seems that they have to size up due to the top edge cutting into their breast tissue.  I'm still pretty surprised that a 30GG worked on me! 

One bra that I HAVE TO TRY is the Susana Antique Basque (swoon) and since 30GG appears to work for me, I have a chance!!!



Bras that DON'T Work

 Masquerade Rhea


 The Rhea is one of those bras that really seems to separate out top heavy vs. bottom heavy breasts.  I tried this one since it looked so amazing on other bloggers and it was a huge fail.  The shape was all off and I was clearly not filling out the top of the cups in 30H.  A 28H might have done better but I'm not so sure.  However, it's a beautiful, beautiful bra and does amazing thins for top heavy breasts.

Ewa Michalak HM


Another gorgeous bra that just doesn't work very well for bottom heavy breasts.  I ran into the problem of wrinkling at the top of the cup because it's very open on top.  That being said, on top heavy gals it looks amazing (you can see how great it looks on Bras I Hate here).



Sizing


Sizing is a very, very tricky thing and I can't emphasize enough that shape matters!   I have found that in Ewa Michalak bras I wear about a 60JJ/K.  In Freya* I need a 30H/HH, in Fantasie* a 30GG, in Curvy Kate a 28JJ/K, and in Bravissimo a 28JJ. So there's a lot of various there!  I found in that in Freya/Fantasie I need a smaller cup size because they work better on my shape.  Curvy Kate tends to run small, hence, the larger size but also they have wider wires than my actual shape so I need to size up quite a bit.  Bravissimo's Alana runs small in the cup so I'm not sure what my size would be in their other bras. 

*Note that when I tried on the Freya and Fantasie bras the didn't carry much in 28 backs and in Fantasie you can't buy 28 backs at all.

Comments

  • If you want to read more on full on top breasts Bras I hate has a good post here.
  • Certainly, a lot of this depends on the degree that you're full on top vs. full on bottoms.  If you're roughly even you might be able to get away with wearing both types of bras. 
  • Other factors come into play too when it comes to bra fitting like soft vs. firm breasts or torso length.
  • If you are bottom heavy have you found other brands that work well for you???


36 comments:

  1. I recently wrote a post about learning that I had bottom heavy breasts! :D I came to the same conclusions as you, pretty much. For example, I give the Rhea as an example of a horrendous bra for the bottom heavy :b Have you tried Ewa Michalaks PL ? Because I don't find those to work particularly well for me, though I am now leaning towards thinking it is a too small cup. I had a CH, which was pretty much perfect, but now I'm way outsized of the CH's :( http://xlhourglass.blogspot.dk/2012/09/my-bra-journey-shape.html
    I know Ewa is currently working on some bras which are a bit more like the CH's, but more suited for bigger cups, so I hope those can prove to be a succes for the bottom heavy :)

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    1. I also haven't had as good of luck with the PLs. My issue is that I spill towards the center gore so I wasn't sure if it's a bottom heavy vs. soft breast thing? Although often times they both go hand in hand.

      I do hope too that in Ewa Michalak's fall line that they manage to either extend the CH size range or include the BPs. I'm right at the border of having the CHs be too small and any more boob growth will put me just in the PL territory, which doesn't work nearly as well on me, unfortunately.

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    2. Though I also have soft-ish breasts, I think it is a bottom-heavy issue for me at least. Though it is leaning towards gaping at the top, it shows signs of being too small other places: Non-flat center gore and 'orange in glass'(causing the cups to almost 'collapse' at the fold near the bottom, making it look droopy). I think perhaps sizing up to accomodate the bottom, and then just tightening straps to fit the top will have to do. Ewa Michalaks seem to be about the only bras that doesn't give me east-west breasts, so I am willing to make some comprimises to get them to work. The BPs have been underway for a while now, do you know anything about when they are planning to be launched? About a month ago, I emailed them about some sizes, and they said that the bras they were 'just about to introduce a new style', so I assume it was the BP's. Though I hope 'just about' is soon :b

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    3. Oh how I wish I knew more about the BPs! I emailed them back in May and they said there was an issue with getting the materials, and I haven't heard anything since then (besides one mysterious message on their facebook about adding in more styles). So I guess we're all going to have to suffer through waiting a month, ugh!

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    4. I'm not sure about BP style but Ewa will be introducing new PLS style - plunge with higher centre gore - it looks almost like a balconette.

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    5. Thanks for the info! So do you know how these will be different than from CH's?

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    6. Yes - CH is a half cup and PLS in a plunge;)

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  2. This is an awesome resource! I still feel like I don't have an idea of if I have bottom or top-heavy breasts, though. :/ It seems like I get some of the issues from both! I'm thinking I veer more towards bottom-heavy, maybe, but maybe I'm just "in between"!

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    1. It could very well be that you're right in between. I can't remember... did you try the Rhea or the Alana yet? Those two seem to be the ones that are the easiest to tell between bottom heavy/top heavy breasts.

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    2. I did try both.... the Rhea didn't work out for me because the band seemed not supportive enough in comparison to the heaviness of the cups, if you know what I mean? The cups were being pulled down because the band seemed too thin. The shape didn't seem quite right, either - I didn't seem to fill it out right.

      The Alana didn't work out for me either because the band was too stretchy and the shape I got was quite weird. Definitely didn't look supportive, and the top cut in a tad. I think it was suggested that I was too full on top for the Alana.

      So... I guess I'm kind of in between after all!

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    3. Yes, I think so! It really does sound like you're right in between the two, which would explain why neither of those are a perfect fit on you.

      So now you need to write a post on in between breasts. ;)

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  3. I like my Dotty spot. But I LOVE my Ballet Celebration Rose bra, which I wear in a 30GG. For reference, I am inbetween a 28H and a 30GG. However, they stop at GG. EM bras are really nice and I tried on a 70H but it was slightly too big in both the band and the cup so I want to size down. The issue is that I want to go to a 30H but the styles in that size are so much more limited than in the 32GG and I have no idea why, considering they're approximately the same size.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about the Ballet Celebration Rose, I haven't heard of that one before!

      If EM has a 32GG on their webiste than if you email them they'll make it in 30H. It'll be a custom order so returns won't be possible but it's pretty easy to resell EM bras on Bratabase (or ebay). :)

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  4. I thought I had bottom-heavy breasts since I can't fill the tops of many cups, but the Rhea *just* worked for me.
    I'm thinking about purchasing my first EM bras. Would you recommend sizing differently (in CH, CHP, or PL) if one is bottom heavy?

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    1. I'd recommend the CH or CHP. The difference between the CH and CHP is that the CH has more of an open cup on top whereas the CHP is slightly rounded on top. That means that the CH probably works more universally on both bottom heavy and top heavy breasts whereas ladies with extremely top heavy breasts might run into problems with the CHP. I'd say in the CH and CHP you can get the same size.

      I haven't had much luck with the PLs but that's also do to my soft breast tissue (so I get a lot of spillage towards the center). In the PLs you might want to size up but I have yet to find one that fits me perfectly but Busty and Thrifty found sizing up in PLs helped: http://bustyandthrifty.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/pl-style-and-soft-breasts.html

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  5. I could consider myself as bottom heavy, because I have this gaping on top/wires pushed downward combination, but I think it's more about being very wide in comparison with vertical dimension of my breasts, with quite moderate projection. So I need a little bit shallow and very open cups with very wide wires.
    Malica

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    1. I am the same. I am fuller on top but it doesn't help much as I have very shallow boobs.

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    2. I have success with bending wires on Freya Ashlee to get wider cups (got 1/2" from that) and I have Panache Porcelain plunge with cups that were made more open for me (cut about 1" from inner edge), but I don't really like it, because it works as minimizer on me. And what bras works for you?
      Malica

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    3. That's a really great point about shallow breasts and width. There are so many fit issues that can contribute to way that a bra fits and sometimes the signs can overlap. I'm curious, have you tried Curvy Kate? They have wider wires and shallower cups.

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    4. You are so right about fit issues, And the worst thing is that their combination can create a whole new kind of head ache.

      I really like Elegance (I'm a plunge girl, hate high center gores, they always poke), but I haven't ordered that bra yet. And I definitely going to. Love the styling of Emily, but it's balcony (( as all their unpadded bras. (((
      I was also thinking Panache Loretta, but I'm still unsure about size.
      Malica

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    5. I know that the Elegance is supposed to work really well on wider, shallow breasts (especially wider set ones), so it definitely could be worth a try! I do know that it runs small in the cups, though, so just a heads up.

      I haven't tried the Loretta, yet, so no help there, unfortunately.

      Ugh, and yes to the headaches!

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    6. Mallica: On me Panache Andorra works best. I am remigrating 25% of my boobs right now so I'm a very special case. But for me, I've just discovered, the reason the wires in the gore have poked me is not because they have been too high, but the reversed, they have been too low!

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    7. kiara: that's interesting, I've read Andorra has the most narrow wires of all Panache bras. About too low/high center gore: I think that the worst case scenario is when wires end somewhere very near where breast bone starts. So inch lower and inch higher are almost equally beneficial.
      Malica

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  6. Man, that's EXACTLY me. I have very bottom heavy breasts. And they are soft, so they need a bit more support to "stay put". I also found some Panache Cleo bras that worked really well.

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    1. I'm glad that this helps! I actually have tried Cleo and it works ok for me. But I run into the issue the wires getting pushed down and not filling out the bottom of the cups entirely. However, I really did like the shape.

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  7. I find this blog helpful... but not. After reading this, I'm 100% certain my issue in finding a proper fit is bottom heavy breasts, but the suggested bras are of no help to me, as none of those manufacturers make bras with my band size. :(

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    1. What is your band/bra size? If you list it, someone might be able to help you out :)

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    2. Yes, let us know because Ewa Michalak bras come is a really wide range and I know they at least go up to 44 bands. :) I really wish Curvy Kate would expand their range, sigh...

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  8. Great post as usual :-) but I'm still confused. I was sure I didn't have top heavy boobs, they are extremely unfirm and "long"; but I basically never have problems filing out the top of the cup or cup wrinkling, but in most balconette styles almost always have some quadraboob issues... so which am I? (30JJ BTW, with long torso and "high shoulders", ie lower set breasts)

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    1. Thanks!

      That's a good question. I wonder if this is an issue of softeness more than anything else then? What do your breasts look like when you're wearing a more open bra on top (like the Rhea or Curvy Kate Thrill Me or anything along those lines)? Do you have the rounded mounds like Curvy Kitten has that I linked above?

      It could be that you have more balanced breasts too so you're roughly equal between top and bottom. I just recently had a discussion with Boosaurus about that and I think that's probably where she is. Maybe check out her blog and see if her breasts look similar to your own in bras?

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  9. investinyourchest.co.uk is a great blog to read for bottom heavy gals.
    I have wide set, bottom heavy bras, and struggle with filling out the top of some bras, or getting any noticeable cleavage. Agree with everything you said!
    However, I did have some luck with the Rhea. I bought a cup down (32GG instead of my usual 32H)and while the thin band and narrow wires are somewhat problematic, I have no trouble with the cups.
    Thanks for another great post!

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    1. Thanks! I didn't realize Cheryl was bottom heavy but after looking through some of her pictures it looks like she might be. I'll have to ask her to confirm. :)

      I haven't tried downsizing in the Rhea, the shape worked so badly on me that I ended up giving up on it. But I might also have more distinctly bottom heavy breasts than yourself too, which is certainly a possibility. :)

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    2. Sophia Jenner is bottom heavy, I'm pretty sure Erica on Sophisticated pair have said she's bottom heavy as well? :)

      Bratabase calls bottom heavy something like "the normal shape for larger breasts".

      I actually think you are in the majority rather than the minority here :)

      I think there's a confusion about full on top and fuller on the top than the bottom (the latter seems to be what Herrom calls oversized upper breast tissue). I do have more breast tissue above my nipple than under it but as I never quadraboobed I never considered myself being full on top.

      I am extremely curious about how I will fit into the Rhea :D

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    3. Downsizing worked in terms of filling the cup, however, I do have to re-adjust throughout the day as my boobs settle into the cups. However, it is worth it for the cleavage!
      Did you get a square-ish shape? Don't know if it's a result of downsizing, but I do end up with a very uplifted, but slightly square shape- like the front has been flattened.
      Thinking of trying Ewa for the uplifted, rounded look I love. What's your experience with sizing? Heard the bands are loose and cups big, is that what you found?
      Thanks :)

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  10. Most bras by Eveden (Freya, Fantasie, Fauve, Elomi, Goddess) work ok for bottom-heavy breasts. Good candidates are most Freyas (especially Arabella/Lyla) and the Elomi Caitlyn and the Goddess Keira. Fantasie and Fauve can be mixed. Fantasie actually seems to cater to both, bc most of their bras are also good for full on top.

    From Panache the best bottom-heavy bra is the Cleo Lucy. The Panache Andorra works great too, all you need to do go up in cupsize a bit. This makes the bottom cup larger. Since the lace in the upper cup is elastic, it shapes really well to the upper part of the breast. I suppose the Jasmine works similar, haven't tried it yet.

    Another brand nobody has mentioned is Comexim. Their plunges work really well on women with bottom-heavy breasts who need narrow wires.

    Regarding Curvy Kate, I've found the unpadded Curvy Kates to be bad for bottom-heavy breasts. The only way you can get them to work is to size up significantly and shorten the straps. Past a certain size this becomes impractical bc the shortened straps put far too much pressure on the shoulders.

    Another full-on-top, large-bust friendly brand is Ulla Dessous. They are the Royce-Royce among bras, handmade in Germany, so their prices are a bit steep. But the quality is absolutely worth it.

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  11. I'm having a pretty hard time figuring out my shape but am pretty sure I am not full on top,except I could be a little if I have even fullness.I think I have sort of even fullness with leaning towards bottom heavy.I hope I can figure it out soon as it'll be quite helpful in figuring out bras to try as I can only order online.

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