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!).
Bras that WorkThese 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.
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
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
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
you can see how great it looks on Bras I Hate here).
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.
- 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???