We all have real or perceived challenges to dress our unique body silhouette. By request today, I’m sharing some tips on how to dress the full busted silhouette for the woman who feels she looks top-heavy.
It should come as no surprise that my first suggestion is to start by getting professionally fitted for a supportive, full coverage bra. Heavy breasts put extra strain on bras and their support wears out quickly. Once their elastic loses its strength, it sags so you sag and your bust looks larger and potentially sloppy.
If you want to appear smaller, a well-fitting minimizer bra can reduce your apparent size by 1 to 2 inches. They needn’t be unattractive to get the job done. They’re available with lace and other pretty details so shop for fit and aesthetics.
Avoid extra detailing
Breast pockets, ruffles, gathers, and large patterns on top will visually increase your bust size. Double-breasted jackets add extra bulk in front. The buttons are usually over your nipple area and attract the eye. The double fronts add volume where you might not want it. Single breasted styles are more flattering.
Stiff, shiny, heavily textured or bulky fabrics are not your friend. They add unnecessary bulk.
Tops and dresses with high necklines make the large busted woman look larger than she is. Crew neck, high scoop, and turtlenecks are not your friend. Lower U, sweetheart and V necklines visually break up the look of a full bustline. Beware of too much cleavage as this may not send the message you intend.
Avoid garments that drop from the shoulder, hit your bust line and float like a tent the rest of the way down. This is guaranteed to add 15 pounds to your silhouette. Look for tops with seams and shaping which show the shape of your torso. Steer clear of snug tops and opt for slightly fitted instead. Cling is unflattering for most women over 50.
Sleeve length is important. Short sleeves that end level with your bust line accentuates your bustline. Opt for the elbow (if it’s below your bust line), 3/4 or full-length sleeve.
Ditch the fine necklaces that get lost in your cleavage. Bolder styles that fall below your collarbone and above your cleavage draw the eye up to create a focal point and direct attention away from your bustline. Medium to large-scale earrings and interesting eyewear draws attention up to your face and away from your bustline.
Beware of gaps between buttons with classic shirts and blouses. Sometimes even going up a whole size, is not enough to prevent it so double-sided fabric tape is a great tool to close that gap.
Tucking your tops in can shorten the look of your torso so you may be better off wearing a low belt. The low armhole in kimonos or dolman sleeves can make your bust look larger because your arms blend right in.
Light colors advance and dark colors recede so wearing a darker top will help balance your silhouette.
How do you dress your full bustline?
Thanks for reading and have a great day!