As large-busted woman, I prefer bras with seamed cups to those with molded cups. I often see on the internet the complaint that a bra (usually a seamed bra) gives the wearer’s breast a “pointy” shape. (Some women even describe modern, seamed bras as “bullet bras”, which I, having owned and worn real, vintage bullet bras, find ridiculous.)
Let’s first clear that up: the slightly pointy shape in many modern seamed bras is nowhere near being a bullet bra. Bullet bras were severely, seriously pointed, and they stiffly lifted and separated the breasts. To call a modern, seamed balconette a “bullet bra” is just silly. This is a bullet bra. Note that the cups are very cone-like, and that they point in opposite directions. What you can’t tell from the photo is that the fabric is relatively thick and very, very stiff. I have one very similar to this, and it’s essentially a girdle for your upper body. The seams are very stiff too, and are for the most part entirely straight. This is NOT a bullet bra, but some reviewers describe it that way. This is a seamed bra, made of fabric that flexes to conform to the shape of the breast. It gives a very natural shape that some describe as “slightly conical.”
I think this complaint stems from a three different factors:
One: the recent popularity of molded bras, especially in the inexpensive bra market. Cheap molded bras create an externally-visible shape that gives no clue as to the actual shape of the breast. Rather than true support, most of them offer compression and coverage. The hard cup means you really can’t see fit problems.
Two: sadly, most young women today have never seen a naked, unaugmented human breast, and if they have seen it, they haven’t had a moment to just see it, without judging that breast or their own. They don’t know what a breast “should” look like, what is normal and what is natural.
Three: most women aren’t wearing the right bra size. This distorts the appearance of their breasts, so they don’t really know how their breasts are shaped; then when they finally get a good bra, they are shocked or uncomfortable with seeing an unfamiliar shape on their front.
The round, high, augmented breasts most people see on television and in pornography are not natural. Most large breasts, especially on small chests are, are somewhat oblong, or “UU shaped.” A bra’s job is to lift, support, and position those breasts in a way that is comfortable and appealing. The shape that a good seamed bra gives is like the shape of a natural breast: deep and oblong, with a rounded apex. The breast volume has to go somewhere: do you want it in front of your chest, or in front of your arms? (Have you ever tried to reach forward, only to find that your breasts were in the way?) Much better for the breast to be supported and projected in front of the torso. This slims the appearance and means you can move your arms freely.
What most women also don’t know is that a young woman’s breast, a breast of a woman in the prime of her fertility, is slightly pointed. Men who are attracted to women may unconsciously be attracted to this shape of breast. If you care at all about that sort of thing, it’s something to keep in mind. I think, however, that the most attractive bra is one that is comfortable and makes the wearer feel attractive and confident.
Before you avoid seamed bras, try one on under your clothes. I think you will find that you like the shape it gives you. Some styles are pointier than others, while some others give a rounder profile, so with time and patience you really should be able to find a seamed bra that gives you a good fit. You will find that the support of a seamed bra is absolutely unparalleled!