It seems that as a nation we are getting bigger busted. So if you are one of those lucky ladies here are some of the tips and styling tricks I use to dress a large bust.
Firstly, and most importantly, start by getting a bra that fits. There are fitting services in most department stores now so make use of them and make sure you are wearing the right size. It’s a common mistake to go for a larger back size rather than to go up in cup size. Just because you have a full bust, rather than the 36D you are wearing you may find that actually you are a 32F.
You could try Rigby & Peller – high end price wise, with stores in London, Cambridge and Guildford, or Bravissimo who are more accessible price wise and have 21 stores throughout the UK. Bravissimo also have a sister brand - Pepperberry who offer clothing in different bust sizes - the answer to the gaping blouse problem!
Once you have found the right fit there are some other styling tips you can use when getting dressed:
- Avoid any details in the bust area – pockets, embellishments or necklaces 'falling over the cliff'
- Avoid double breasted styles or straight lines that run down over the bust (which could become curved lines!)
- Avoid crisp materials like cotton shirting which have no 'give' over curves
- Look for ruching and ease in the bust area
- Crossover styles in a jersey fabric work really well (see below)
- If dresses or tops are cut too low wear a camisole underneath in a matching or contrasting colour (see below)
- Scoop and v-neck styles are better than higher necklines
- Avoid sleeves finishing at the bustline – look for elbow length or a shorter sleeve
And here are some suggested styles for bigger bust.
Kettlewell Colours do a fantastic colour range of crossover tops, camis and another favourite for dressing a large bust – the ballet wrap.