An ample cleavage can be a blessing and a curse. Sure you can look knockout in the right swimsuit, but it can also be awkward, hard to find clothes that fit well and some of the time downright painful. If you have struggled to buy clothes for big busted women you are not alone. The average UK bra size is a 36 DD meaning millions of women are facing this exact problem. We have brought together the best advice and styles to help you minimise your assets and ensure you feel and look amazing.
Have a Bra Fitting
The most important tip for those of us who are on the big side up top is to buy great underwear. This isn’t an area you can afford to skimp on as a correctly fitting bra can make or break an outfit. When did you last get yourself fitted for a bra? The answer for lots of us is a long time ago, when inevitably your shape fluctuates over time. You should get measured for a Bra around once a year and more often if your weight has fluctuated steeply. Once you are wearing the right size look for styles that have three panels to the cup as these will offer great support and shaping. Also consider long line bra’s and shape wear which will distribute the weight of a large bust more easily as well as having a streamlining effect.
Invest in a Minimising Bra
There are a variety of minimising Bra’s on the market and the best of them will help you feel streamlined and shapely without feeling like you’re wearing a vice or corset! We are a big fan of the M & S range of minimising bras, that not only do a really good job but come in a gorgeous range of colours and patterns. Shopping for a bigger bust shouldn’t mean wearing something your grandmother would choose!
Shift the Focus
Slimming fashion is about creating an illusion for the eye. If you want to draw attention away from a larger bust then redirect it elsewhere. Achieve this by sticking to simple styles and colours up top and being more playful with colour and shapes on the bottom. An A line skirt is a great way to balance out a bigger bust and go wild with colours, patterns and textures for a balancing effect.
Get Seriously Sporty
Work out fashion is an area that often gets overlooked but if you have a larger bust trying to find a bra that you can work out comfortably in is a major headache. Sports bras for bigger busted woman are an area that has been traditionally ignored. Look for sports bras specifically designed for a larger bust like this range from Victoria’s Secrets. These are beautifully designed and will have you running jumping and exercising with total confidence.
The Perfect Shirt
As for what to wear over the perfectly fitting bra, we think a classic shirt or blouse can be a great look for larger breasted women. Forget nightmarish visions of popping open buttons and over emphasis. The ideal blouse for big breasts fits smoothly and creates a clean line and minimising effect. Vintage styles that nip in at the waist (think 50’s pin up) are flattering on big busted woman. It can be tempting to go for a baggy style but hiding your curves but this is a false economy that will only make you look bigger. Fitted doesn’t have to mean exposing so pick curve skimming styles and ensure you buy the correct size which should lay comfortably across the chest. Don’t get hung up on label size, it’s not unusual to be different sizes on the top and the bottom. It should be about fit and not about numbers. Also try wearing a simple fitted vest under a shirt for extra support and to minimise bouncing.
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Dress it Up
When it comes to the best dress styles for large busts try not to go too low cut as this can mean spilling out. A dipped but not low neckline is flattering and an A Line skirt or volume around the hips will balance out your shape and create a seamless hourglass silhouette. Again fitted but not tight is the key here and choosing a horizontal pattern or a dress with a single colour theme will create a slimming finish. Flattering colour blocking can help minimise and soften a larger bust. High neck lines can create a shelf like effect so expose a little skin around the neck and décolletage.
The Do’s and Don’t’s of Dressing a Large Bust
Finally, follow our ultimate tips for dressing an impressive cleavage to ensure you rack up a fashion hit every day.
- Wear a well-fitting bra that provides great structure and support
- Stick to simple tops and blouses in clean lines and classic shapes
- Go for gentle V or scooped necks
- Opt for a muted palate of blacks greys and nudes on your top half
- Wear form skimming (but not tight) clothes that make the most of your fabulous cleavage
- Shift focus to the lower part of your body to create balance
- Pick statement jewellery that creates focus over your bust (It won’t sit correctly and will
- disrupt your outfit
- Go for ultra-plunging necklines that put everything on display
- Wear a very high or turtle neck – it will make your breasts look like a shelf
- Wear ruffles, busy patterns or styles that create focus or fussiness around your chest
- Wear sheer or unstructured fabrics (they won’t provide enough support)
Choosing clothes for big busted women can be a daunting challenge but with some great underwear and careful outfit choices you can both flatter and minimise a large cleavage. Follow our simple guidelines to achieve a seamless and stylish look. Remember that you have an asset that millions of women would love to have, so dress to flatter your gorgeous chest! Embrace your bust and put your best front forward!