While there’s plenty of advice around the best lingerie to pick for your body shape, and the most appropriate lingerie for your wedding dress, the most flattering styles for both small and big busts is still a bit of a grey area, because we all know it’s not as simple as padded for small and underwire for big boobs.
So we thought we’d ask Sharon Bell, Head of Product and Design at Ultimo to tell us which styles to look out for if you’ve got a small bust (and if you’ve got a big bust, we’ve got a separate guide here).
Which bras give you more cleavage if you want to enhance your bust?
A plunge bra is definitely the best option. These styles are usually available with varying levels of cleavage enhancement from a natural look right through to increasing your bust by up to two cup sizes.
What padding options are available?
The most popular option is a combination of foam and gel; the level of padding varies degrees to offer natural uplift and/or to increase your cup size.
Which bras can small breasted women wear that larger breasted women can’t?
At the moment, there is a huge trend for lightweight non-wired, non-padded bras and bralettes. These are definitely more suited to smaller breasts, as they don’t offer the support required for a fuller bust.
Which bra styles work best for small breasts?
This really depends on the look that you want to achieve; there are a large variety of styles out there. The iconic Ultimo OMG bra will help boost your bust by up to two sizes – a lot of smaller breasted women like the idea of that.
What should you look out for when buying a bra for a small bust?
I’d recommend you go for soft touch, comfortable fabrics, as smaller busts don’t need anything too heavily structured. However, it’s still important to make sure you are wearing the correct size to achieve the best look and most comfort. Ultimo recommend you get fitted every six months to make sure your size is correct.