_Some time ago I was asked to do an entry on how to dress for your chest. Well, that would be assuming I had… any. The best part about Chictopia is that we try and connect you to those we think dress very well for your particular body shape and size.
And so I came to the ClothesHorse who not only has jaw-dropping beautiful and inspirational photos, but ample boobage as well. I’m a girl so I can say that.
Tips for the Well-Endowed
The first step towards dressing your larger chest is admitting your blessing. I was in denial about my chest size for the longest time. At 5’1” I was insistent that my bust size was average and it took numerous words from friends and finally an eye-opening trip to a Japanese onsen to convince me otherwise. Once you acknowledge your figure you can begin to dress to flatter it.
- The basic tee: Everyone wants to wear them, but people should be aware of what works for them. You want one that is fitted, but not too tight and if it’s baggy it will not flatter you. Baggy tees don’t “hang” properly on a girl with a large chest; it falls and clings to your widest part, so you look as wide as your widest part. Instead look for a v-neck—this will elongate your neck and actually de-emphasize your chest. You don’t need a plunging v-neck though, remember you’ve already got the equipment others are trying to create you don’t have to give it all away.
- Create balance: People often notice I’m a fan of the 50’s shape and dresses; this is because I know that a full skirt will balance me out. When you’re fuller on top, adding volume to your bottom creates balance in your figure. Think of an hourglass rather than an inverted triangle.
- Embrace your waist: Find the narrowest part of your torso—this is usually your natural waist and emphasize the hell out of it! Always belt tunic tops here, tuck your shirts into high waist skirts at this place and find some high waist pants and shorts that hit you there. Cinching in your waist will create a silhouette that is classically sexy.
- Get a proper fitting bra and wear it: Resist the urge to buy those backless shirts or tube tops that won’t allow you to wear a bra, because seriously ladies you need it. Not only will going around without a bra on be uncomfortable, but it is just plain unflattering! Now, if you have a pretty lacy or printed strapless bra that winks on the back of a low-cut leotard then by all means buy that item, just don’t attempt going without.
- Don’t try these, even at home: Ribbed shirts, cable knit sweaters, horizontal stripes, sack dresses and tunic tops—all of these will be wrong. The first few will just bulk you up and make you look wider, everywhere, the last few make your lovely curves disappear. If you must do a baby doll dress make certain it hits right beneath the bust line, not on the bust. Also, consider pairing a fitted vest over your sack dress for a modern corset-like shape.
My final thought is: rules are meant to be broken. So while all these will really help you flatter your figure, there’s something to be said about being a free-spirited fashion maverick and not letting “rules” get in the way of having fun!