Information About Wide Set Breasts
Wide set breasts are found in all cup sizes from AAA cups to J Cups and larger. More often than not though women with a larger bust sizes (size C cup and up) have a much harder time finding a good fitting bra. A broad chest is often characteristic to women with Turner Syndrome. This can pose an issue in selecting undergarments that look and fit well with the center of the bra hitting the wrong place, not laying flat, and feels uncomfortable. An example of a poor fitting bra is breasts are pushed inward rather than supporting and lifting.
What defines wide set breasts
Wide set breasts are defined as “breasts that are far apart from each other, separated by 2 ½ inches of space or more at the top of the breasts.” Spacing can vary greatly from a little more than 3 inches up to and over 5 inches. Broad shouldered and bigger built woman are more likely have a wider separation between their breasts. The size of the sternum/chest overall also impacts how widely the breasts are spaced. If you are able to place four fingers
Most bras will push your breast to the center in order to create cleavage. This poses a problem for women with wide set breasts because their breasts naturally will pull to their sides and will not properly align within the cups. You can see this in the picture to the left. This creates much unneeded discomfort and results in underwire bra poke, breast tissue spilling out to the sides and poor support. Touching cleavage is just not possible for most women with wide set breasts.
Breasts are unique
Having a large separation between the breasts its not uncommon at all, we literally have thousands of women just like you land on this page searching for information. Having wide spaced boobs is not something that you should worry about, be ashamed of or insecure about. Each woman’s breasts are unique to her, like a fingerprint.
Breast augmentation for wide set breasts
Some women may search out breast augmentation procedures to “correct” what they think is a problem when it is completely natural to have a gap between their breasts. Media, celebrities and plastic surgeons love to push the “barbie doll syndrome” in order to make money of off unneeded surgery. Just for the record there is no surgery procedures to move the breasts closer to center.
We all have many different types of bras for wide set breasts, big and small. Generally speaking you will find that plunge, Demi – cup and front closure bras will have a much wider set cups than many other styles of bras. If you have not read our bra fitting guide yet we first suggest doing so and then purchasing your bra.
Find the Best Bra for Wide Set Breasts
Lula Lu Petites bras for petites
Glamorise Women’s Front Close
Goddess Keira Underwire Bra
Most fuller-figure bras are designed for close-set breasts. Not this one. And, its also bandless, so it’s better for petite women or women with larger stomachs. The sides and back have power mesh for smoothing and bulge control and the leotard straps won’t slip (also good if you’re short).
Simone Perele tends to have bras with a wide triangle center panel.
There’s no perfect solution to this or brand, but there are a few tricks you can use to find a bra that will fit better.
Choosing your style:
First, some bra styles have no center panel at all. Plunge bras in particular often have little or no center section, so while they’re great for low necklines, they’re not good if your breasts are wide set (you’ll simply pop out of the bra).
Demi cups or balcony styles are a better choice, since the shape of the bra means the cups are further apart. The same thing applies to front closure bras (as the cups will be separated by the clasp).
Second, there are styles that just have cord between the cups. This sort of bra is better if your breasts are widely spaced, as the cord will pull apart to adjust to your body shape.
Third, bras with side support or slings can help too, particularly if you’re large busted. The slings and panels help push your breast tissue forward and closer together.
Fourth, if the bra does have a panel, look for one that’s wider than average. It will look a bit like a wide triangle with a flat top, rather than a tall, skinny one.
Read more and view suggestions based on cup size and body type issue here at:
How Should a Bra Fit?
Measuring yourself is only the first step. Once you have your approximate size, it’s time to start trying on bras to see which brands and styles fit you best.
This will vary depending on your size, your shape, and a host of other factors. However, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind.
- The band should be straight across your backand lie flat against your ribcage in front. If it’s riding up in back, it’s too large. Try a smaller band size. You may have to adjust your cup size too.
- It should not pull down in front. If it does, your bra is too small. You need a bigger cup size.
- The straps should fall straight down your back (unless you have a spinal curvature). If they’re slipping and sliding, they may be too loose. Or, your band size may be too large. Another possibility is that you’re petite and the “regular” straps are too long for you. A leotard back may be the solution. Or, try one of the styles made for petite women. If you have a curved spine, try a bra with a wide back (more hooks will help).
- The straps should not dig into your shoulders. The band should provide 90% of the support. If the band is too big, the straps will take most of the weight, and dig into your shoulders.
- Your breasts should fit comfortably inside the cups, without spilling over the top or the sides of the bra. If you’re overflowing your bra, you need a larger cup size. If you spill out the sides, try a full coverage style. If you’re coming out the bottom, or if the bra puckers only on the top, look for a bra designed for a shallow profile. Or, try a demi-cup or balcony style which has more material on the bottom. If you spill out the sides, you may need a larger size. Or, try a style with higher sides or side slings to push you forward. Panache bras are a good choice for this (but note, they are generally not a good option if you’re petite).
- The cups should stay flat against your bodywhen you move around. A bra with cups that are too small for you will pull away when you move and dig in under your arms. The “girls” will hang down, rather than forward. They should be halfway between your shoulder and your elbow.
- The underwire should not dig under your arms. If it’s poking you, you may need a larger cup size. If you’re short, you may need a bra designed for petite women.
- The cups should not pucker or bag. If the bra puckers all over, the cups are too big for you. Try either a smaller cup size or a brand that runs small, such as Calvin Klein or Maidenform.
- The center panel (the gore) should lie flat against your chest. If it pulls away, the cups may be too small. If your breasts are far apart, look for bras with a wide, triangular panel.
- The band and straps should fit against your skin,without bulges or “back fat.” The solution to this is bras with a wider band and straps (to contain everything). Thin straps and bands only make the problem worse.