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The How-To Lounge: Dressing Tips for the Busty Gal

I hope you all enjoyed my How-To Lounge with dressing tips for the bottom heavy figure. All your comments were extremely helpful, so thanks for chiming in.

I am back now to talk about how to flatter the "top heavy" woman, and again, FabSugar will be following up next week with some great shopping ideas to complement the tips I share with you here.

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  • If you have a larger chest, be sure to invest in the right bras. Having a bra that fits properly makes a world of difference in all of your clothing and accentuates all of the right areas
  • If you wear business casual dress to work, make sure your button down shirts do not pull. This can be a difficult article of clothing to shop for as blouses tend to either pull in front or are too large in the shoulders. Many retailers understand this dilemma and Banana Republic has designed tailored shirts with extra room in the bust
  • Opt for blouses with a little stretch in the fabric for some give room
  • I always suggest avoiding crew neck or boat neck tops as they tend to create a tent like effect. Opt for a scoop or V-neck to create an illusion of a smaller bust line and show off "casual cleavage"
  • Wrap dresses are great for busty women since you can adjust the amount of coverage until you feel comfortable
  • Many women struggle with tank tops and spaghetti straps. Choose a tank with a built in bra, and if that isn't enough support, wear a bra underneath in the same color. Spaghetti straps are not out of the question, but if a strapless bra won't provide you with enough support, wear a bra with thin straps in the same color as your top or dress
  • Remember that dark colors are always slimming and I would avoid ruffles or pleats on the bust line which are bound to make you look fuller than you really are
  • While it might be easy to wear baggy tops for comfort sake, stay away from the mu mu effect. Just because you are more full up top doesn't mean you can't embrace it
  • If you do opt for a blousier top, make sure to balance your outfit with a slimmer pair of pants, a tight pair of jeans, or a shorter skirt

I hope you find these tips helpful. I think all of the fuller chested gals out there should give a big thank you to our favorite fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker for making the visual bra strap a fashion statement!

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
cool lickety!!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
omg! i was at the swim shop today and they are selling these little soft plastic thingys that promise to stop your neck pain with halter style tops! they were under $6 and were about 3 or 4 inches long. you thread your top through the holes in them and the plastic (soft like a gummie bear) is what lays on your neck. try your local speedo store :)
tikilite tikilite 9 years
And I thought I had it bad! It's difficult to find 34dd bras, let alone any that look good on natural breasts, since they're a little squishier, and manufacturers seem to think if you are that big with a small ribcage, yours must be fake. Victoria's Secret is about the only decent option, and we all know how much theirs cost. I can't even imagine trying to find one for 32dd or 32ddd. The first hint is spot on, though, the right bra makes a HUGE difference for me in how I'm feeling and how my clothes fit. I'm not so sure about the wrap top hint, though, I can't ever seem to be happy with the way that I look in those. The angle of the top wrap never seems to look like it's in the right place.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
If you are buying a button down shirt you HAVE to get a size that fits across the chest without pulling!! Everything else will just have to be tailored. Look for shirts with darting to make tailoring easier. I guarantee you if you do this you will never have another problem with pulling again. Also if you are larger you may want to avoid built in bras all together. Get tanks and dress with wider straps so that you can wear a supportive bra
emisaurusrex emisaurusrex 9 years
Bug- I just gave up on halter tops. I used to wear some with thicker straps and a halter bra but it kills my neck. :(
emisaurusrex emisaurusrex 9 years
I'm a (natural) 36DD, and I always end up buying my button down shirts a size up and then having them tailored so they're not too big other places. It really makes them look fitted and the buttons never end up opening and showing more than I would like. The only thing I have a lot of problems with is finding a good winter coat. They usually don't look as good tailored and I can never find one that doesn't squish my chest! Any ideas?
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
i do bug!! :( i think its partly cos i already have tension headaches and neck aches and anything around my neck or shoulders (EVEN BAGS) aggravates it :(
bugness bugness 9 years
Does anyone else have issues with halter tops? I have a few tops with wide halter straps, and after wearing them for a few hours, I get major neck pain. -Bug
amandasunly amandasunly 9 years
I'm not top heavy! I'm top AND bottom heavy! Pear-shape, but nevertheless my shirts always tend to stretch. I've changed most of them to looser ones though. Works better =)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
im proud to say, i DO follow all these tips! im top heavy and sick of it! too much back flab and flabby arms :(
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i was actually raised to believe that cleavage was tacky. so odd, almost as if it was wrong to have boobs. i will have to check those shirts out, i use to get things tailored but since i had kids it's just off the rack with some not so great results.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 9 years
Three words: Forth and Towne (the BR shirts were originally their cuts). Major sale until they close in June. Walk, don't run and pick up their Sateen shirts while they last. As a (natural) 32DDD, I just get the bra that gives me support and match it to the tank/spaghetti top, or get the clear straps (but they can hurt!). I have also dyed white bras to match my skin tone to give me that flesh color look. They don't make 'nude' colors for us sistas, so we must improvise. Any shoe place that dyes fabric shoes can do it for you. Just bring in your foundation for color matching. I had to let go of the 'my bra straps are showing' thing because strapless bras are not a option for me. My back's too small, the breasts too heavy, and the bra just slides down to my waist. Once I realized people were looking at my boobs, not my bra straps, I got over it. Another solution is a strapless/backless corset type bra. Great in the fall and spring, but murder in the hot summer months. What I hate, hate, HATE! is when people wear TUBE TOPS with regular bras. T-A-C-K-Y! -the ceeg
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Banana Republic often does beautiful white tailored shirts with a bit of stretch to them, and they put buttons right at the fullest part of your bust. I'm a 36D and it's never pulled or left embarassing openings like other shirts.
LuckyGrl-83 LuckyGrl-83 9 years
I've found that wearing a strapless bra alone with tank tops is not enough support for me (32DD)... My solution for this dilemma is that I wear the strapless bra but with those removable straps and try to combine them according to the color of my top... (white tank with white straps, etc) These removable straps are often thinner than on regular bras and add just the right amount of extra support needed for a strapless bra.... ------- :star: :star: :star:
ESPNgirl ESPNgirl 9 years
Tanks with built-in bras rarely work for anyone who is above a C cup - otherwise there is a line going across your chest and it's not a support for the majority of women who have larger chest sizes. And, at least from personal experience, most women cannot find bras with thin straps because they need thicker straps for more support, which makes it look slightly ridiculous under a really thin spaghetti strap. I think it should be discussed what someone can wear to avoid showing "casual cleavage" as not everyone is comfortable with exposing themselves.
calibabi calibabi 9 years
these are great tips!! thanks! i totally agree with the wrap-dress tip.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
Thanks I really need this advice!
kendalheart kendalheart 9 years
Good tips,, thanks sugar.
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