Last Updated September 20, 2014
If you’re wondering if it’s “normal” to have uneven breasts, and want to make your girls look more even, then read on!
During her interview with Jimmy Kimmel in February, Jennifer Lawrence spoke candidly about her uneven breasts. She said, “I just went to the doctor today and got a chest x-ray of my lungs and found out my breasts were uneven.” She didn’t seem particularly bothered by this, and indeed it’s the first time I’ve ever heard a public figure speaking so openly about the symmetry of their breasts! (Typically, celebrity breast discussions in Hollywood typically address the question of whether breasts are real or fake or WHY they are popping out of that dress!) .
I love that Jennifer was so open about her naturally uneven breasts, because believe it or not, most women have at least a slight size difference between their breasts, even if it’s not very noticeable. I have rarely seen women with two breasts that are exactly the same size. As if bra fitting weren’t complicated enough, right? Different women may have asymmetrical breast sizes for different reasons. Unfortunately, most women don’t know what to do to fix their uneven breasts, so they (sadly) end up wearing bras that are not the right size.
Here are some quick tricks and tips from our Bra Doctor Celine to easily help you even out the appearance of asymmetrical breasts when your breasts are not the same size.
Over the course of her lifetime, a woman’s bra size can change more than five times. For many developing women, this is also the time when one’s breasts may not grow at the exact same rate, sometimes leaving one side noticeably bigger than the other. Factor in body changes resulting from pregnancy, breast feeding, weight gain or loss, medication, surgery and menopause, and it’s easy to see how the shape of your breasts changes over time. You should always make sure your bras fit you and are comfortable, because if they aren’t, then you definitely are not wearing the right size or style bra.
This brings me to one of the most important rules of bra fitting: if your breasts are different sizes, your bra should fit comfortably over the larger (not smaller) breast. The cup on the larger side should fit the entirety of your breast tissue without cutting into you. Sure, there may be a gap or a pleat in the cup where the smaller breast resides, but you can fill the space with a bra pad. This way, the underwire will not constrain your larger breast. NEVER, EVER buy a bra that fits only the smaller side comfortably, while the larger breast spills over the fabric of the cup or is constrained in any way by underwire or elastics.
So what are some available solutions to making your breasts look naturally even? Read this blog and watch our vlog to get all the info you need!
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1. For starters, wearing a bra that at least has a lined cup, like a contour bra, moulded bra or padded bra, will go a long way in making both sides look more similar. Don’t just wear a bra that is very padded, since this will make both sides seem bigger, but the size difference between your breasts will remain the same. Any bra with some padding can help minimize the appearance of having uneven breasts. If you love wire-free bras, you can find wire-free padded bras too. See #3 on how to add bra pads to your bras to even out the cups.
2. If your breasts are just a little asymmetrical, then you can try wearing a bra that has removable pads or removable cookies; by taking these pads out of the cup on the side of your larger breast, and inserting these pads into the bra pockets in the smaller cup, you help even out smaller differences between your breasts’ size. This is usually a perfect little trick if your breasts are just slightly uneven in size, but if there is still a noticeable discrepancy, you might want to try to use other bra pads instead of, or in addition to, the removable cookies.
3. Silicone, foam, water and gel pads, when added to the smaller side of your bra, can fill out the remaining gaps or spaces in your smaller bra cup. My customers have told me they really like the Bra Doctor silicone bra pads because they’re sleek and lightweight for this, and the Add-A-Size fabric pad by Fashion Essentials is also a popular choice. But you can also try other bra pads. When adding bra pads to your bra, it would be best to use them in a padded bra (see #1), so that any slight demarcations of the bra pad, if any, will be minimized.
4. If you have a more noticeable difference in the symmetry of your breasts (a cup size or more, for example), Add-A-Size bra pads are definitely worth a try, either in silicone (see Glam silicone pads) or fabric with foam (see Add-A-Size pads).
5. Women who have had a mastectomy can try a mastectomy bra, which has inside pockets so you can discreetly add a prosthesis or bra pad. Add-A-Size pads can help fill out small differences between each side in some cases.
6. When using silicone instead of foam pads, don’t use more than one silicone pad inside the cup on the smaller size, because it could look and feel heavier and bulkier than the other side (unless if you want to walk lopsided all day, be my guest!). Foam and fabric bra pads are naturally lighter than silicone, water, or gel pads.
7. After inserting your bra pads, don’t forget to re-adjust your bra straps and back closure to ensure both sides look equal and you feel comfy.
8. Make sure your bra pads don’t slip out of your bra! Body Tape can save your social life in seconds. This double-sided adhesive fashion tape can be cut to any length you require, but only one or two small pieces of tape between your bra pad and your bra, or your bra and your dress (ideal for strapless styles), will ensure long-term hold and won’t damage your garments or pads.
9. Fix uneven breasts in your bikini or bathing suit with Beach silicone pads. And don’t forget the Body Tape! I have seen physical evidence that Body Tape holds up even when you’re in the water. You can try taping your bra pads to the inside of your bikini or bathing suit top to make sure they don’t slip out while you’re having fun getting nautical!
9. For a comprehensive bra pad guide for different needs, click here to read Bra Doctor’s Guide to Bra Pads.
Lastly– if you want more bra fitting help tailored to your size and needs, please contact me. I’ve fitted women of all sorts of shapes and sizes, and I can help you find out what best suits you. Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions. I’d love to hear from all of you! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
Sincerely, as always,
Your Bra Doctor Celine
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