Dressing a BIG BUST
I have a big bust, and I know how difficult it is to find clothes that will make you look good. Actually dressing such a bust is a challenge! Besides, we are often categorized by this undoubtedly feminine attribute, but alas it happens that people focus too much on the bust instead of what we are saying;).
The clothes one chooses should not be about hiding, disguising or lessening your body, by constantly trying to make your bust look smaller. Why should we do this? Why are we being told for years now that we should hide our bust? This is our body, and we should respect and love ourselves the way we are.
We all know this, but each of us has heard numerous times something unpleasant on the size of her bust (I will be honest – unfortunately from other women). And you know what? It would never ever cross my mind to say something unpleasant about a small bust (or its lack) to another woman. So why do big breasted women hear teasing?
Look at the big busted movie stars – have they ever tried to hide it? Would you say that they look vulgar? I bet that the answer would be NO! Moreover, in my opinion they were proudly wearing clothes that emphasized their beautiful cleavage.
Believe me when I say that it took me years to start liking my big bust. I think the secret lies in absolute acceptance of yourself. And also in choosing the right bra! A bra fitting service appeared in Poland about 10-12 years ago, and I finally found the right bra. Gosh, what a relief!
My advice is to do a bra fitting every year, because the body changes constantly, and one must not forget to adjust the straps every time you wear a bra. A well fitted bra makes a HUGE difference! Keeping “the girls” up high and supported will give you the illusion of more of a waist. You tend to lose your waist when you have a large bust, as it naturally sits lower as it takes up more room on your rib cage. Start from there and let’s be proud of our breasts!
And now let’s talk about how to dress the big bust. It took me years of trial and error, so I hope that this summary of best clothe types will help you a lot. Generally clothes should not be too tight (there is a very fine line between a tasteful and vulgar look), but they also cannot be too loose (as it makes a woman looks at least a few kilograms heavier).
BEST CLOTHES FOR A BIG BUST:
o V-neck – not too low, but ones that stop at the top of your cleavage. V-necklines are the most minimizing.
o square and sweetheart necklines also work well.
- With sleeves – my experience is that there is no universal length of the sleeves, but don’t end the sleeves at your mid-bust point. End the sleeves either above or below this point. Look for higher cut armholes, as they are more flattering than lower cut ones.
- Wrap tops – my favorite cut.
- Halter cleavage – the ultimate bombshell look.
- Sleeveless – such tops are good only for women with nice slim arms.
- Avoid lower armholes: dolman sleeves, batwings and kimono.
- Waistline fitted, deep V-neck, hip length – makes your legs look longer and nicely dissects your bust area.
- Boxy shape – will make you look bigger all over.
- A high collar – everything that is just at the neck line optically magnifies the breasts.
- A wrap dress – my favorite cut! In my opinion a wrap dress will suit many busty women (regardless of body shape). It emphasizes the waist and makes you look leaner.
- Empire dress – may be flattering for women with a bigger tummy (attention: on the other hand by hiding your waist they tend to make you look larger all over).
- Pencil skirt – silhouette (regardless of the body shape) seems to be slender and in harmony and just accompanied by a big bust.
- Halter necks – the ultimate bombshell look. The arms seem to be bigger, it’s difficult to find an appropriate bra, so the bust flows out at the sides.
- Skinny straps: you need much more support, plus they emphasize the large bust and big arms.
- Short and tight skirt – makes the silhouette looks disproportional, just like a lollipop.
- V-neck, thin and soft (e.g. cashmere) – keeps you warm and doesn’t make you look bigger.
- A wrap sweater – same advantages as blouses and dresses of this type (described above).
- A cardigan with a round neckline – remember to have it unbuttoned up to your bust line. The eye will focus on your exposed skin and not so much on your breasts.
- Big cable-knit sweaters – makes you look bigger.
- Polo necks – makes you look larger.
- Waistline fitted, deep V-neck – makes you look longer and slimmer.
- Stand-up collar – each piece of this clothes type distorts the silhouette.
Always create a focal point somewhere other than your bust. Either above the bust, or well away from your bust. If you direct people where to look by adding detail, they’ll do what you want and won’t focus on your bust.
o A bold statement necklace that sits an inch or so above your bust is a great way to detract unwanted attention from your bust.
my photo. Necklace – MAREK WOJCICKI PARIS
o stunning earrings.
- Colorful shoes – focal point away from your bust.
- Colour, print and texture
- Clever use of colour can help balance a top heavy figure. If you have a smaller bottom half, try wearing a bright colour there with a darker colour on top.
- Printed skirts or coloured jeans with a black or charcoal top are both good combinations. There’s no reason to avoid bold colours on top if the cut is flattering, but be aware that bright shades are bust magnifiers.
- With prints – a big pattern is going to draw attention to your bust, whereas a small geometric print in a dark colour will minimise.
- Textures – you’re also best off avoiding metallic or fluffy textures on top too.
Of course the above are general rules only, and a woman with a big bust looks better using all the YES rules (I know as I have checked them myself).
In summary, I will keep repeating myself: try it on, try it on, and again try it on! I don’t know about you, but I would go crazy if I had to obey all the YES rules all the time. Frankly speaking, I sometimes wear clothes that make me look bigger (you can see this in some of the fashion posts in Style/Outfits category). But I don’t care if I like it that way. Let’s not go crazy 😉
Did I miss anything? What tricks do you use to “dress” your bust?
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