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How to Dress for a Big Bust

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The world is your oyster and we sure as day won’t tell you how to dress. Heck, no one should tell you how to dress! But chances are, if you’re a fuller busted gal you’ve faced some clothes shopping challenges and fitting room frustrations.

For most busty women, their breasts also affect much about their lifestyle. They can experience back ache ouch, high impact exercise takes some careful negotiation, as does choosing a bra. Some women even opt for a breast reduction—due to the strain, unwanted attention or day-to-day restrictions they experience.

You should never compromise on your sense of style just because of your boobs, but how you feel about them can definitely impact your clothing choices. If you’re super confident about your breasts, rock ‘em! But if you’re not so keen on your bust, or you’re trying to tone down your busty-ness in certain situations (e.g. funerals, parent-teacher interviews, avoiding unwanted attention from men, you catch our drift), here’s a few tips and tricks to rein in those knockers!

1. Simple is best

Avoid any fuss. No ruffles, frills, pockets, gathers or pleats. All of these details are, traditionally speaking, for the smaller busted woman to make her bust line appear more. If worn on a larger busted woman, they will emphasise your chest. Avoid any styles that hang from your neckline down such as baby-doll or tent style dresses and tops, these when hung from your larger bust will simply make the rest of you appear larger too.

simple is best

2. V-neck, scoop and narrow square necklines are best

High necklines, halter, deep square, cowl, polo and crew neck all emphasise the bust. Avoid cumbersome neck scarves and heavy necklaces. The dainty part of your neckline is where you want to draw attention to, the collarbone. Opt for necklaces that hover around your sternum or throat. Chokers are good for this also, as are thin tied bandanas.

v-neck, scoop, narrow square necklines

3. Choose softer fabrics

Choose softer fabrics that fall well such as jersey and knits. To add to the effect, go for the dull fabrics too. Avoid shiny fabrics, ribbed knits, crochets or anything that adds dimension. Avoid the stiff fabrics such as denims and twills.

softer fabrics

4. Opt for more fitted sleeves

Sleeveless tops can sometimes make your bust appear larger with dramatic effect. Instead opt for more fitted sleeves that enhance the natural curve of your shoulder and arms. Avoid ruffles and gather sleeves as these add to the width of your body around your bust. Shorter cap sleeves, half and long sleeves are a good idea as these do not finish at the same height as the bust. Also avoid raglan, kimono and batwing sleeves. These add magnitude and attitude.

fitted sleeves

5. Dress to impress

There are a multitude of dresses to choose from. Shift dresses or skater dresses with tailored darts, fitted dresses with A-line skirts, wrap dresses, shirt dresses, and the list goes on. Choose a style that works for you based on your torso length and your height. Feel comfortable with a skirt length that works for your legs and combine with the perfect heel height for whatever occasion you desire.

dress to impress

6. Simplify coats, jackets and blazers

There are a multitude of dresses to choose from. Shift dresses or skater dresses with tailored darts, fitted dresses with A-line skirts, wrap dresses, shirt dresses, and the list goes on. Choose a style that works for you based on your torso length and your height. Feel comfortable with a skirt length that works for your legs and combine with the perfect heel height for whatever occasion you desire.

simplify coats, jackets, blazers

7. Waistline but not belted

Find styles that emphasise your waistline without the use of a belt. It’s sometimes tricky to find styles that fit a size 12 perfectly in the body whilst accommodating an H cup. Employ a good tailor or alterations service that understands your body and will help to bring your waist back into the picture.

waistline but not belted

8. Patterns are your friend

Embrace the pattern. These have previously been dismissed as they draw attention to the bust. This is true but the eye doesn’t’ focus on the bust but instead sees the entire pattern that can camouflage what is beneath the design, hence minimising the appearance of a large bust.

patterns

Whatever your style, bust size, confidence or height; you can wear whatever you like. We shan’t ever stop thou from that. If you have any other pointers for our other readers, please feel free to comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

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