How to Dress a Petite, Large-Chested Frame

Being petite and large-breasted sometimes makes me feel like I am the body-type equivalent of a unicorn. But petite women with large chests exist. We are not unicorns. And we need to get dressed, just like everybody else. The clothing and lingerie businesses tend to assume that a larger chest = a larger body, which can make shopping for our unique shape a challenge. But it can be done, and we can look damn good. Here’s how to make life a little easier (and chicer):

Try Everything On

And I mean everything. Fit is the most important element when shopping for such a specific body type. Some tight dresses are incredible on me, while others create an unflattering ‘bursting at the seams’ effect that makes hiding under a giant sweater highly appealing. You never really know how something will look on you until you put it on. (Except those teensy bustier tops, you know exactly how they will look, and it won’t be good).

Buy the Right Bra

Seriously. Wearing the correct size will save you a world of hurt, quite literally. Tons of women, large and small-chested alike, wear the wrong bra size. If you find that your breasts spilling out of the cups or the underwires digging uncomfortably into your skin, go and get a professional fitting. Nordstrom is a great place for this, since their lingerie department is a godsend. After you find your true size, make peace with the fact that you will never be able to spend $12 on a bra from Target (they don’t make 30 FFs just yet) and invest in bras that give you proper support. Freya, Chantelle, and Wacol offer gorgeous styles for larger cup sizes.

Define Your Waist

My chest takes up almost my entire ribcage. If my dresses/shirts/jackets do not somehow show off the fact that I have a waist, it disappears entirely and I am left looking like a strange, top-heavy blob with chicken legs. Build a solid belt collection, learn the art of tucking in shirts, and develop a repertoire of waist-hugging dresses that make you feel like Sofia Vergara. I would generally recommend trying on any clothing item that you consider purchasing, since you never know exactly how it will hug your curves. However, there are ways to tell how certain things will fit when the item is still on the hanger. Look for anything with a super defined, waist-hugging shape. Wide straps and an unrestrictive bosom (i.e. lack of chest-area seaming) are also promising.

Try: Jessica Simpson Lace Midi Dress, $138, Amazon

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Choose Quality Fabrics

Cheap, thin fabrics are going to look even cheaper and thinner on those of us with larger chests since they stretch out over our breasts in a way that’s less than flattering. If you can, try and go for higher quality, especially when it comes to thin T-shirts or knits. Nothing’s worse than a bit of bra showing through your not-supposed-to-be-sheer shirt.

Try: Theory Juina Classic Tee Shirt, $85, Amazon

Skip High-Waisted Everything

‘High-waisted’ on those with short torsos and large chests is a disaster. You will end up looking like you have one giant shelf-boob. I implore you to please skip the high-waisted trend. It is not doing you any favors.

Find Flattering ‘Baggy’ Cuts

Flattering does not have to mean tight. I love an oversized sweater as much as the next self-respecting New York hipster, and I own plenty of them. Tiny girls can seriously rock the hell out of baggy shapes, and large-breasted tiny girls are no exception. Tucking in baggy shirts is one way to wear that look while still highlighting your waist. Make sure the fabric falls nicely on your body and isn’t too bulky. And pair them with skinny jeans or those tiny cotton H&M minis that everyone owns, which will show off your leg line, thus creating the illusion of length.

Look for a Good Blazer

Blazers can be amazing layering tools, but sometimes they make me look like a mini linebacker if I’m not careful. Find blazers that don’t add a lot of bulk to your frame, preferably in a fabric that moves a little. The Academy Blazer from the Gap is my absolute favorite.

Try: Rebecca Minkoff Becky Silk Blazer, $328, Amazon

Sports Bra vs. Normal Bra

Have you been wearing a sports bra as an everyday bra? Or do you wear a regular bra even while working out? It’s high time we women understand that most of the time we are wearing the wrong type of bra. We believe that the opinion on style of a bra is a matter of personal choice and comfort. But we can’t deny the fact the certain bras are especially designed for particular occasions, and we are sure that’s done for a reason. Like for instance, a sports bra is specifically crafted for working out, the impact levels are also engineered with special features to cater our needs.

Ladies, rejoice! A sports bra calls for everyone from an A cup and beyond.

Do you go to the gym, a walk, or maybe do some stretching exercises at the park? Even the low-impact exercises, such as stretching or jogging, can be uncomfortable if your breasts are not detained in place. Physical activity makes breasts bounce up, down and even in a figure eight. Continuous and repetitive movements can result in soreness, pain and sagging.

While it’s easy to think that any bra will do, sports or regular – especially for the smaller breasted ladies, this is precisely where so many of you go wrong. Sports bras are intended to grip movement and motion while working up a sweat and toning that body. They offer maximum support and hold your breasts firmly in place. Regular bras in this particular case lag to offer enough support and may cause tension on the shoulders along with accumulated sweaty patches.

Athletic sport bras account to be more than being an extremely fashionable item to wear to your next yoga or Zumba class. Know more how Sports bra a bog workout boon.

1) Sports bras help in avoiding workout discomfort

2) Sports bra helps reduce breast pain

3) They help avoid nasty stares and look supercool

4) Sports bra can prevent long term sagging

5) They are a must-have for extensive workout sessions

6) Sports bras are strongly recommended after an injury or cosmetic surgery

Having talked about the sports bras at length, let’s not forget the regular bra – our confidant! The sports bra undoubtedly holds you up in the gym. But we all know how our regular bra pushes us up and hold up on a day to day basis.

Sports bras are not recommended to be worn under shirts, normally or as an everyday wear. They often build a not-so-feminine shape or the not looking forward to uni-boob. While shaping out no cleavage and no shape the sports bras often offer fuller coverage than normal bras so may show under regular shirts.One mistake committed by everyone is to try wearing workout bras with developed impact levels and expecting to be comfortable in them all day or night.

Be it a sports bra or a regular bra, they both are the most comfortable type of all bras. But selecting a perfect one for each occasion is sheer genius!

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Can Sports Bras be Used for Everyday Wear?

Can Sports Bras be Used for Everyday Wear? Historically sports bras were only considered for those hot sweaty workouts or sports sessions. But over the last 12 months they have become a fashion favourite. Visible on runways and red carpets. More women are choosing comfort over cleavage and making the sports bra their everyday bra.

Sports bras are not designed to be sexy. Hence are no competition for a black lacy number on a romantic night. But when we think of the practicalities of looking after our breasts. On a day to day basis sports bras can be a great alternative.

Benefits of a Sports Bra for everyday use

Support

The additional support is ideal for both bigger busts. Or for anyone who moves about lots in their daily activities. Be it chasing your toddler at the park. Or working in a physically demanding job such as nursing or gardening. The last thing you want to be worried about is bouncing breasts or even breast tissue spilling out the top of your bra as you bend over.

Sports bras used to be all about compression. Which often created the dreaded flattened look or uni-boob for bigger busts. OK during a sweaty workout. But not very flattering under your work shirt. Luckily there are now many sports bras that are designed to encapsulate your breasts (like a firm hug!). Consequently providing a great breast shape. If your most comfortable sports bra does compress or flatten your chest, or you like this minimising effect. No problem it is only cosmetic and there are no long term consequences with wearing this bra style. After all comfort is Queen!

Comfort

Not only great for exercise. Sports bras are very comfortable for wearing everyday if you make the best choice in style, size and impact level. An amazing benefit is that sports bras are made from moisture-wicking, breathable fabric. Which is awesome on those warmer days to keep you cool rather than becoming soggy like many ordinary bras.

The straps on sports bras are designed to stay put and can be wider or padded to prevent them digging into your shoulders.

Modesty

Sports bras often offer more coverage than everyday bras, which not only helps with support but can also provide confidence to bend and twist without having to stuff your ‘ladies’ back into your bra afterwards. If you like low line tops but it is not appropriate to show extra cleavage at work, a discreet light coloured sports bra or sports crop can be a great solution.

Style

Sports bras can also add creative styling to your outfit; some have great back details which work well with low back tops. There are also many trendy crops that can be worn alone in the summer, or under a shirt. Consider making a statement with a low neckline or low armhole tank in a dark colour with a bright or patterned sports bra.

What features of the sports bra need to be considered?

Colour

Are you looking to make a style statement or do you need a neutral nude or white bra under a uniform?

Seamless Cups

Seamless cups can be more discreet under tighter fitting tops, although you may need to consider the neckline as sports bras often have higher coverage to the front.

Padding or Moulded Cups

For the less well en-downed there are also many sports bras with different degrees of padding or shaped cups to give you an extra boost.

Racer back or Regular Straps?

This feature definitely comes down to personal preference. Some women find it uncomfortable to wear a racer back all day, especially if it sits high up your back close to your neck. However if your work involves you regularly lifting your arms above your head a racer back sports bra can actually save you a lot of pain.

Bra or Crop?

This is often a decision based on comfort and your own style choices. However it is also worth considering the activities you will be involved in. If you are going for a hike or leisurely bike ride with the kids a crop design could be good as you have the option of removing your shirt if it gets too hot.

There are also some really stylish crop designs which can easily be worn alone in the summer.

Underwired or Wirefree?

This absolutely comes down to personal choice. If you always wear underwired everyday bras, then you would probably feel most comfortable sticking with this.

Level of Support

Generally speaking a sports bra designed for high impact sports like basketball are not usually great for daily use. High impact sports bras are designed to hold your breasts during the most intensive movements and can become uncomfortable after many hours of continuous wear. However sports bra design has really improved over time and there are now some high impact bras I can comfortably wear all day, namely the Anita Active range, as they are so soft and lightweight.

On the whole medium to low impact sports bras are suited to everyday wear, but this does depend on both your bust size and what your daily activities involve.

At the end of the day it is all about support and comfort. Having a wardrobe of sports bras that you can wear everyday to work or just out and about is not just great for your breasts but also for your purse as the number of your everyday bras can be greatly reduced. In the busy lives we lead having one bra type that suits all is in my opinion a must. We women are great at multi tasking so why not have a bra that can do the same.

Style Advice In Your Inbox

Shopping while busty can be a bit of a well, stretch. Thankfully with a few tips and tricks you can easily learn to flatter your bust by highlighting your natural waistline and creating more balance in your overall look.

Keep reading for tips to flatter a busty frame!

CHOOSE ELONGATING NECKLINES

Scoop, cowl, square and v-necklines on tops and dresses are super flattering on busty babes because they optically elongate your neck and torso. For more neckline inspo, check out our helpful post A Guide To Your Most Flattering Necklines.

SELECT STYLES WITH STRETCH

As mentioned above, stretch in your tops and dresses is key when you are busty. Woven pieces without any stretch may not fit over the bust area at all, even if the sizing elsewhere is correct. Clothing with spandex are naturally more fitted to the body and better highlight your natural waistline.

PAIR HIGHER NECKLINES WITH LAYERS

If you do opt for a higher neckline (for modesty or just a really cute shirt), avoid the dreaded uni-boob by leveraging layers to lengthen your look. Flatter your bust and add structure when you layer a crew neck or turtleneck top under a contrasting colored dress, cardigan, vest or jacket.

HIGHLIGHT YOUR NATURAL WAIST

Choose pieces that cinch underneath the bustline to highlight the smallest part of your torso and keep your tops from looking like tents. Achieve this with tie-front, peplum, wrap, empire and fitted pieces.

Stylist Tip: Great outfits start with the right foundation— make sure that you’re wearing a supportive bra. Looking to upgrade your bra? Check out our Extras!

WEAR DARK COLORS ON TOP

If you’re a busty beauty who prefers to downplay your chest, reach for styles with darker shades on top and bolder colors on bottom. Black, charcoal, navy, brown, burgundy, plum and olive are great colors to underplay your upper half.

—Tiffany R.

Looking for figure-flattering pieces to flaunt or minimize your bust? Let your Stylist know when you schedule your Fix.

Hide your boobs, hide your bra. Just kidding!

Since the beginning of mankind, never has anything been the center of controversy than a pair of two bouncing breasts. As much as we love and hate them, it’s a bummer that not many boob-friendly options are available for anyone built with the proportions of a Playboy Playmate.

Apart from the lack of clothing options, ridiculous rules include: A) not showing more skin than your cleavage, B) avoiding horizontal stripes, C) never go braless, D) avoiding boxy silhouettes, E) no high waistlines and necklines allowed (ditto for anything asymmetrical), F) staying away from ruffles, and G) always belt everything. Although we can break these rules, let’s remind ourselves that not every big breasted woman is built like Emily Ratajkowski.

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There’s a certain brand of despair only the large-busted women among us know (yours truly included): The exquisite suffering of the button gap. If you have a breast size that reaches into the territory of C, D, and beyond, then you are likely more than familiar with the painfully unattractive gap produced any time you try to wear a classic button-down shirt. (And in case you’re not, allow BuzzFeed to familiarize you.)

Well, this particular large-chested fashion writer has had enough. There do exist some schools of thought that strongly suggest you forgo wearing button-downs entirely—to which I say pish posh! I want to wear the on-trend look just as much as the next girl, so why shouldn’t I be able to? I refuse to give in to a life lived in peasant tops and T-shirts—a girl needs some variety.

To that end, I did my research and came up with the best tops for busty women—button-downs and beyond. Trust me, it’s been a long, long struggle of trying to figure out how to wear the trendy style without the dreaded, unattractive gap—and I’ve finally figured out how to do it.

Keep scrolling to shop the best tops for busty gals now!

A New Way To Shop

So, what’s an hourglass shape, anyway?

  • You’d describe your body as curvy
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • Your bust and hip measurements are roughly even
  • You may have fuller bust, hips, and thighs

Guidelines For Dressing The Hourglass Shape

The key to dressing an hourglass shape is two-fold: 1) define your waist and 2) show off your lovely lady shape. You have amazing curves—it’s time to embrace them in body-hugging silhouettes and pieces that hit you in all the right places.

Get started with these guidelines to embrace your hourglass shape.

1. Start from the top!

Must-Have Tops For Hourglass Shapes

Say it with us now: fitted, fitted, fitted! With hourglass shapes, it’s all about celebrating your waist and highlighting your neckline. Your power pieces include:

  • Form-fitting jersey knits
  • Wrap tops
  • Peplum blouses
  • Tailored tops with ample room in the chest
  • Anything with a V-neck, round neck or boat neck

The hourglass shape is the perfect shape for structured, more tailored silhouettes. And, the beauty of this shape is that your curves are already very balanced. Everything from your most basic pieces (like casual tees!) to your button-up workwear blouses should be fitted to show off your narrow waist.

The Best Sleeve Lengths for Hourglass Shapes

You can enjoy lots of flexibility when it comes to sleeve length! Want to draw the eye to your waist? Try elbow-length styles. Love to show off your arms? Try a cap sleeve, flutter sleeve or even a tank top.

2. Then, Add Layers

The Best Jackets For Hourglass Figures

Look for jackets that show off your waist! A classic trench, fitted blazers, cropped silhouettes and bomber jackets with elastic waistbands look amazing on you.

Beware Of: Boxy styles—they won’t do your curves justice. Instead, focus on silhouettes that draw the eye to the most slender part of your frame.

3. Say Yes, To The Dress(es)

Perfect Dresses For The Hourglass Shape

The hourglass figure was made for dresses. Channel your inner Monroe and reach for iconic silhouettes like the wrap dress or the fit & flare. These shapes will naturally play up your best features.

If you’re looking for something new, an empire silhouette also works wonders. Why? They highlight your natural waist.

Beware Of: Flowy styles. If you love a dress and it’s a trapeze or other loose-fitting silhouette, simply add a belt. In fact, as a general rule—when in doubt, belt it!

What about hemlines?

As far as hemlines go, take your pick! If you love your legs, reach for that mini. If you’d like to cover up a bit more, look for high-waisted skirts that hit right below the knee. For the lovely hourglass shape looking to downplay their curves (why would you?), choose very simple silhouettes in solid, dark colors.

4. Last—But Not Least

The Best Jeans & Pants For The Hourglass Shape

Grab your high-waisted, floor-grazing flares and your favorite dancing heels. If you love your flat stomach, then you can pull off more daring low-rise hip-hugging styles (which look amazing with a slightly cropped or very fitted top). Stretchy skinny jeans and leggings are perfect for showing off the curves of your hip and the taper of your leg, and work best when the inseam is a regular (not cropped) length.

Fitted jumpsuits (so on-trend!) can look incredible on you. Just remember to go for waist flattering styles. Because your shape is so balanced, remember that you won’t need any extra details (like large seams or cargo pockets) to accentuate your hips.

5. Don’t Forget Accessories

Outfit Toppers For The Hourglass Shape

Skinny waist belts are your best friend! Necklaces look great on you, and if you’re looking to play up your bust, choose a length that hits at or slightly below your collarbone. Purses and clutches that have a little structure can offer a nice juxtaposition to your soft, flowy curves.

One Last Thought On Body Shapes

Everybody and every body is different. If you’re not an hourglass shape through and through, think of mixing and matching shapes to find the right fit for you. These dressing guidelines are best used as a starting point!

And, we believe the best place to really get the lowdown on how to dress your body is from real women. From petite, to curvy to everything in the middle, here from all shapes & sizes in our series: My Body, My Style.

By: Stitch Fix

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