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.
Have a small bust check how to dress for a small 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 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.
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
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.
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.
- Additionelle smooth tee shirt bra
- Chantelle Women’s Basic Invisible Smooth Custom Fit Bra
- Elomi bra
- Wacoal minimizer bra
For more ideas also check our article on the best bras for large breasts
Play around with belts
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.
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.
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.
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.
Embrace shoulder details
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
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.
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!
As you can see, prints can also very effective in distracting attention away from your bust.
Here is another option you can try:
Did I miss anything? What do you use to either highlight or downplay your bust?
You may also like:
- the best bras for large breasts
- Have a small bust check how to dress for a small bust
- How to hide your belly
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Feature image by Georgette
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