While small-chested women may be worrying about padding and push-up bras, those with larger cup sizes need to be strategic about their blouse choices to account for their bust. Factor in cut, color and a few fashion secrets when choosing a top, and you’ll have no problem creating a proportionate finished look.
Opt for necklines that create space between your bust and your neck in order to break up your upper half and avoid the dreaded uni-chest. Steer clear of turtlenecks and higher crew-necks, and instead opt for scoop-neck, sweetheart and boat-neck blouse cuts. Angular necklines, such as the square-shape top, not only offer open space but also balance the roundness of your curves for a slenderizing effect. Wrap styles that cross the body, typically forming a V-shape, are especially flattering.
Fabrics and Details
For women with large breasts, keeping things simple up top is generally better. The style mavens at “Good Housekeeping” recommend shirts and blouses in body-skimming -- but not hugging -- materials like fine-textured knits, densely woven cotton and stretchy but supportive fabrics. Steer clear of ruffles, chunky knits, sequins or other embellishments at the bustline that can add bulk. Because you may need to go up a size to fit your chest, tailor your shirts where necessary to avoid a tent-like look.
Colors, Patterns and Proportion
In the same way dark hues are slimming to tummies and hips, wearing dark top colors, such as black, navy and plum, will help minimize an ample bust. Take care when choosing patterned tops, avoiding any overly large or busy prints. Vertical stripes will elongate; while some exceptions exist, horizontal stripes typically make the bustline appear even fuller than it is. Work to bring your lower body into proportion with your upper body by wearing lighter or brighter colors on the bottom. Rock skirts with flared hems or wear boot-cut jeans to create balance.
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Sleeves and Straps
The ideal sleeve length for women with large breasts is the versatile three-quarter length. Short sleeves that end right at the bustline will attract the eye to this area, while a slightly longer sleeve length has a slenderizing effect. Avoid tiny spaghetti straps; instead opt for wider straps that not only look more proportionate but also offer greater support. If you opt to cover your sleeveless shirt with a jacket, the pros at “Cosmopolitan” recommend choosing a lapel-free style for a streamlined look. Choose single-breasted jackets to avoid adding unnecessary bulk.
Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.