This week’s post looks at how to embrace your large bust and how to dress to love your curves!
A large bust can create a number of problems. Not least of all a desire to hide it away. Women with a large bust often suffer from;
- Unwanted attention, from men who are fascinated by a large bust;
- Not being taken seriously by others – particularly in the workplace
- The potential for wardrobe malfunctions
- Many women with a large bust suffer from back pain
- Women with a large bust sometimes find it difficult to lie on their back.
So how do you get comfortable with a large bust, not just physically but also in terms of styling it up?
A Good Fitting Bra
It goes without saying (or at least I hope it does) with a large bust you must wear a well-fitted bra.
It’s very important that you renew your bras regularly. Don’t just keep hanging on to a bra because it’s comfortable. Chances are that the more comfortable it feels the less support it’s providing.
This does not just apply to women with a large bust but I always recommend getting your bra fitting checked every time you buy a new one. Different styles, brands and your body all change. That’s a lot of variables to consider in terms of the fit.
For example I took a bra back recently that I’d only bought two weeks ago
I might have felt awkward had I not known that you can fluctuate bra sizes. This can be due to the a number of factors from the stage of your menstrual cycle to the temperature in the changing room
Large Bust Style Tips
Now that’s where the general advice for women with a large bust stops! Why? A large bust is not the only thing that defines your clothing choices. While it may seem like it at times! You need to primarily consider your body shape, scale and proportion. With these factors in mind you then need to consider your large bust.
I will share with you some key styling tips for women with a large bust. But I will point out, where applicable, the differences for body shape and height. If you are not sure which body shape you are check out my guide to determining your shape.
If you have a large bust, you probably struggle to find a dress that fits? When you do find one to fit your bust, it’s likely to be too big everywhere else.
But hopefully I can show you that it’s not all gloom and doom. The first thing to consider is that you want to show off your lovely curves and so you do not want to hide in a big voluminous shapeless tent.
You want to consider stretchy fabrics that will flatter your figure and enhance your shape.
If you are an apple body shape and carry weight around your tummy then look for A line styles that fall from the bust line but have shape.
An hourglass body shape look for styles that will flatter and show off your curves. If you are an inverted triangle body shape, you want to create curves. For both body shapes a wrap dress is perfect.
With a V-neck and an asymmetric style this will show off your large bust and perfectly enhance your curves. You can also add a belt to emphasize your waist.
If you are comfortable wearing a one-shoulder dress this will look fabulous with a large bust. The asymmetric neckline will flatter your curves. However, you need to be comfortable that you have a strapless bra that will give you the support.
The most flattering sleeve length regardless of your body shape is three quarter length. Avoid sleeves that end in line with your bust as this will simply make you look broader.
Jackets and Coats
Keep lapels narrow on jackets.
You want to flatter your silhouette and show off your shape, but not add width. Single-breasted jackets are a good option with a deep v. neck.
Perhaps you find that a jacket that fits on your bust may be too big everywhere else? If so, choose styles that can be worn open, but still offer some shape.
For example an edge-to-edge shape jacket will create vertical lines to elongate your shape.
Avoid anything that has no shape, or is a chunky fabric, this will simply make you look much bigger.
In terms of jacket length, this will depend on your body shape.
Jackets should not end on the widest part of your body. Equally you don’t want a jacket that is too cropped and ends just below your bust. It will simply make it look larger!
For coats a similar principle applies. You want shape – cocoon or blanket coats are simply not for you. You want some structure. If you are an apple shape then look for the structure to come from just above the tummy. If you are an hourglass, you want coats with a belt to emphasize your waist. For an inverted triangle look for coats that have a belt to create a waist.
If you are petite then consider coats that end above the knee line. If you are taller then wearing a coat with a hemline below the knee will elongate your shape.
V-Necks are your best friends and will enhance a large bust. V-necks will elongate your body and draw the eye upwards. A deep curve will also look good.
Figure hugging wrap-over tops are a great option and will flatter your shape if you have a large bust. If the V-neck is a bit deep try wearing a cami top underneath.
Avoid anything with details around the neckline – ruffles, bows and cowl necks are not great looks for anyone with a large bust. Avoid breast pockets. These all add unnecessary bulk to your large bust.
I would not advise wearing a turtleneck. It simply makes your large bust look even bigger because of the expanse of fabric from your chest to your neckline.
The exception is to wear a turtleneck with a scarf or necklace, One potential danger of wearing a scarf, is that you get too hot with the turtleneck and remove your scarf.
If you have a large bust then blouses in a traditional shirt style are a real challenge and represent a serious danger of a wardrobe malfunction. Gaping or worse still a button coming undone will just mean total embarrassment.
One option is to invest in a handmade shirt, designed for a large bust. These are not a cheap option but if you want a tailored look for special occasions this may be an option.
Alternatively if you have a smaller frame with a large bust, check out my link below to Bounteous, as an option.
Choose fabrics that will show off your curves and avoid those that are too light and will create volume.
You can also add jewellery to draw the eye upwards to your face, but avoid long pendant necklaces that sit in your cleavage and require fishing out! Also avoid big chunky necklaces, which lie on top of your bust.
You want to choose necklaces that finish above your bust line and add detail.
You don’t want anything that is too delicate. This will simply make your large bust look bigger as the necklace will look smaller. A large pendant from a short chain is a fabulous look.
Depending on your body shape, adding a belt may help to draw attention to your waist and away from your large bust.
If you have an inverted triangle body shape, a belt will help define your curves. Or if you are a curvy hourglass body a belt will help to further define your curves.
But if you are petite (regardless of body shape) avoid a belt in a contrasting colour as this will simply add a horizontal line and make you look shorter.
If you have a large bust then avoid a handbag that sits on your shoulder and ends in line with your bust.
This will simply create width at your widest point. Instead look for will simply create more bulk at your widest point. Instead look for bags that end at your waist.
You will probably find cross body bags uncomfortable, but even if they do work for you they are not going to look great with a large bust.
Handmade tailored blouses Cast
For a petite frame Bounteous
It’s also worth checking out a site called Zulily.
Zulily caters for all sizes, menswear and children. It is an American site which features up and coming designers.
The stock is heavily discounted (up to 70% off) and is only available for only three days.
Items ship from America, but they handle the import so you just receive items as a UK delivery. If you need to return goods you return to a UK address.
The lead-time is the only drawback, but from my experience the wait has been worth it.
Embrace your gorgeous curves. You are beautiful and you will draw attention if you have a large bust, so make sure you’re making the most of your beautiful body! If you have any shopping suggestions then please share them in the comments below.