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.  (hello Kim Kardashian!)

Today I will look at some ways on how you can dress when you have a large bust and how you can highlight it or downplay it.

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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 is crucial

Always choose a good bra underneath that supports your breasts and lifts them up.

Wear deep V necklines with cleavage

This will focus the eyes’ attention on your bust.

Use a high waistline

A high waistline emphasizes your breasts (and makes your legs look longer).

Embrace halter necks

This neckline creates the ultimate bombshell look.

Add a pendant

Adding a pendant between breasts will focus the attention on them.

Wear a cowl neckline

Any drapes that fall on top of the bust will always enhance them.

Embrace ruching

See how it appears that I have a full bust in the picture on the right! Created by the ruching and higher waist!

Downplaying your bust

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Georgette (above) downplays her bust by wearing an off shoulder top which draws attention away from the bust and up to her shoulders and pairs it with a skirt that defines her waist.

Check out these similar white off shoulder top and elastic waist floral midi skirt.

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.

You will want a bra which offers good support and keeps you in place without boosting your cup size any further (unless that is your preference!) Here are some good options for large busts.

Invisible back smoothing full coverage bra | 40plusstyle.com

Invisible back smoothing full coverage bra

For more ideas also check our article on the best bras for large breasts

Play around with belts

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Belting high usually emphasizes your bust (as shown in the picture from myself in the red dress above.

However if you combine a belt with layering and with a longer vest as Georgette is doing above, it has a minimizing and lengthening effect.

The belt also adds structure to the outfit and can highlight a defined waist.

Try these belted cardigan options from Seven7 and Boden.

V-necklines are your friend!

V-necklines can be good for downplaying a bust although you don’t want it too low or show any cleavage. Otherwise it will have the opposite effect.

Vince Camuto v-neck blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto printed blouse

Scoop, sweat heart 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 shows in the pictures below.

Opt for large necklaces

This may feel counter intuitive but if you place something small next to something big, the bigger thing will just appear bigger.

On the other hand if you choose a big statement necklace , you bust will appear smaller.

statement necklace | 40plusstyle.com

BaubleBar beaded multistrand necklace

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.

Embrace shoulder details

Cap sleeves, shoulder pads or shoulder details can help to draw attention away from the bust and up.

Halogen v-neck cap sleeves top | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen v-neck cap sleeves top

Don’t wear sleeves that end at the mid section of your bust

Best to end sleeves higher or at your waist.

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

Again you want to divert the eye elsewhere.

tops with wide collars | 40plusstyle.com

Tibi polo collared top

Avoid lower armholes like dolman sleeves or batwings

The eye should be drawn upwards.

Lengthen your torso

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 are your friend!

How to dress if you have a big bust | 40plusstyle.com

Georgette (above) is wearing a chic mixed print keyhole fit & flare dress from Eloquii.

As you can see, prints can also very effective in distracting attention away from your bust.

Here is another option you can try:

Rachel Roy Collection animal print wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Rachel Roy Collection animal print wrap dress

 Did I miss anything? What do you use to either highlight or downplay your bust?

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Feature image by Georgette

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