Women come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and you will need to decide which parts of your body you want to highlight and which you want to downplay. Only you can decide this for yourself. For example, if you are adorned with a large bust, some of you may want to downplay this while others may want to celebrate this part of your body and accentuate it.
Today I will look at some ways on how you can dress when you have a large bust.
Highlighting your bust
If you are proud of your big bust and like to show it off even more or want to give the illusion that your bust is bigger than it actually is, then here are some tips on what to wear to enhance your bust:
- The right bra: always choose a good bra underneath that supports your breasts and lifts them up.
- Deep V necklines with cleavage will focus the eyes’ attention on your bust.
- Halter necks: the ultimate bombshell look.
- Adding a pendant between breasts will focus the attention on them.
- Cowl neckline: any drapes that fall on top of the bust will always enhance them.
- Ruching: See how it appears that I have a full bust in the picture on the right! Created by the ruching and higher waist.
- High waistline: emphasizes your breasts.
Downplaying your bust
If you are very well endowed you may want to downplay your bust so it does not overwhelm your look. Here is what to do:
- Again a good bra is essential. You still want your breasts up high, so you can bring more attention to your waist.
- V-necklines are your friend, although you don’t want it too low or show any cleavage. Scoop, sweatheart and square necklines also work. The eye will focus on your exposed skin and not so much your breasts. If you are layering you can also use your jacket as the v-line as Georgette from GrownandCurvyWoman shows in the pictures below.
- Opt for large necklaces: if you choose anything small your bust will just appear a lot bigger. It should rest above your bust line.
- Other accessories can work well too. Direct attention away from your bust by having a different focal point like a nice belt on your hip or a hat.
- Avoid baggy tops or ill fitting clothes: tops and dresses should be fitted and show a clear waist definition.
- Avoid skinny straps: you need much more support.
- Cap sleeves, shoulder pads or shoulder details can help to draw attention away from the bust and up.
- Don’t wear sleeves that end at the mid section of your bust.
- Buy shirts that fit; never wear shirts that gape at your bust. If you can’t find any that fit you, go for knitted tops instead. Alternatively, buy your shirts to fit your bust and have the rest taken in by your tailor.
- Wide collars will draw the eye upwards and away from your bust.
- Avoid lower armholes like dolman sleeves or batwings. The eye should be drawn upwards.
- Play around with belts: belting high usually emphasizes your bust (as shown in the picture from myself in the red dress above) and you may look better with a lower belt.
- Lengthen your torso: so tucking blouses and tops is best avoided.
- Avoid stiff fabrics, boxy blazers and big cable-knit sweaters. You will look much better in a torso-skimming dress that you can belt. A wrap dress will suit many busty women.
- Prints can also be very effective in distracting attention away from your bust as Georgette so effectively shows above.
Did I miss anything? What do you use to either highlight or downplay your bust?