How to Keep Blouses From Opening

By Ginger Yapp

Gapping blouse buttons are a common nuisance for women in the workplace or out on the town. A shirt with gapping buttons can make a person look messy and sloppy, even if the rest of the outfit looks immaculate. There are several easy fixes for an unflattering shirt that just won't lay flat.

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A good button-up shirt will have buttons that don't pull.

Step 1

Start off with a well-fitting bra. It is essential to have a bra that provides full coverage; the bra should have firm cups and an underwire.

Step 2

Choose a blouse that is the correct size; wearing one that is too tight in the bust area is a common cause of button buckling. Still, even a blouse that is the right size can give you problems.

Step 3

Purchase a blouse that fits correctly in the bust area, and get it tailored to fit everywhere else.

Step 4

Prevent gapping by placing double-stick clothing tape in between the gapping buttons; another alternative is sewing in hook-and-loop fastener strips in between the button gaps.

Step 5

Wash button-up blouses carefully; if they shrink in the laundry, you may be in for gapping.