How to dress when you have a large bust

by Sylvia

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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 bosom 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 bosom.
  • Halternecks: the ultimate bumbshell 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 bossum in this picture? 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, swetheart 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.
how to dress when you have a large bust
  • Avoid skinny straps: you need much more support
  • Cap sleeves, shoulder pads or shoulder details can help to draw attention away from the best and up. That is why you should also not wear any 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 to 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 them high must emphasize your bust 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?

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Greetje Kamminga

I am following most suggestions, so I am coming to terms with it. Lovely to see Georgette again. I am going to follow her, she seems so nice and daring.



She is! Constantly dressing with patterns and colours!



Very informative post.



I am like the Baby Bear in “Goldielocks” – mine is just right. LOL! But I think a wrap dress is probably one of the most flattering styles any woman can wear. It balances out the top and bottom halves and gives you a tiny waist. Love them!



A little firmer would be nice :) but other than that I can’t complain either… Do you know that I don’t have even a single wrap dress in my closet….



Sylvia, this is the kind of very helpful article for which I treasure your site. Thanks!



Great to read that this was helpful to your Raquel!



Thanks Sylvia – good article. I also find that a long (length stops below bustline) slim silver chain with something nice hanging from it (there are so many attractive “baubles” to hang on chains these days) helps draw the line elsewhere from the bust – kind of like a v-neckline.



Thanks Petra. Great feedback!


Phyllis Edson

Good tips. Some of these I had not even considered. Chunk jewelry? Great! Shoulder pads and capped sleeves and wide collars? Never would have thought of those.


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