We all have real or perceived challenges to dress our unique body silhouette. By request today, I’m sharing some tips on dressing for the full busted woman who may feel she looks top heavy.
It comes 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 wear their support out quickly. Once their elastic loses its strength, it sags so you sag and your bust looks larger and potentially sloppy. Be sure those girls are hiked to the proper position and held firmly.
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.
Things to Consider
- Beware of extra details like breast pockets, ruffles, gathers, and large patterns on top because they visually increase your bust size. Double-breasted jackets add extra bulk in front. The buttons are usually right over your nipple area drawing the eye and the double fabric adds volume where you might not want it. Single breasted styles are more flattering for the full busted woman.
- Stiff, shiny, heavily textured or bulky fabrics are not your friend. They add unnecessary bulk where you don’t need it.
- Tops and dresses with high necklines make the full busted woman look even 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.
- Lack of shaping. 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. Boxy tops are intended to make us look top heavy so avoid them.
- Steer clear of snug tops and opt for fitted ones instead. Cling is unflattering for most women over 50.
- Cap sleeves and short ones that end level with your bust line are not your best look. Opt for 3/4 or full length.
- Light colors advance and dark colors recede so wearing a darker top will help balance your silhouette.
- Ditch the fine necklaces that get lost in your cleavage. Bolder styles that fall below your collar bone and above your cleavage draw the eye up to create a focal point and direct attention 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.
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- Medium to large scale earrings and interesting eyewear draws attention up to your face and away from your bustline.
- Beware of tucking your tops in which can visually shorten your torso. Belts also do this, so wear them lower to create a long-waisted look. The more space between your bustline and belt, the better.
- Wide collars, not lapels, draw the eye up and away from your bustline
- Beware of low armholes like in kimonos and dolman sleeves. They’re very popular but these make your bust look larger.
How do you dress your full bustline?
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