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10 Styling Dos and Don'ts for Busty Girls

Dressing up shouldn't be such a challenge!
10 Styling Dos and Don'ts for Busty Girls
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Dressing up shouldn't be such a challenge!

Having big breasts comes with its unique advantages and disadvantages. While having a full bosom will give you a shapely figure, too much can make you look top-heavy. It is not uncommon for food crumbs to land and rest on your chest area and for food bits to get lost in the general area of your cleavage. Button-front shirts can be tricky to wear with the buttons looking like they’re hanging on for dear life. Swimwear and underwear items need to be considered carefully to give proper support and coverage. If you’re a busty girl and you find yourself wondering about what to do with them so you can live your best fashion life, read on and see how you can make your boobs work with you!

Dos and Don'ts for Busty Girls

1. DO wear tops that show off your neck, shoulders, or clavicles.

Letting some skin show on top will help break up your torso so it won’t look like it’s all just your chest. Tops that have round, V-neck, off-shoulder, and even asymmetric necklines will make you look slimmer and make you look less top heavy.

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2. DON'T wear clothes with lots of details on top.

This includes bold prints, big buttons, layered ruffles, pockets, etc. Adding even more fabric or detailing to an area that’s already full to begin with will only make it look bigger than it actually is. Prints in particular—like stripes, polka dots, florals—can get distorted in the chest area. Make sure that the fabric doesn’t get too stretched in the chest area.

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3. DO cinch your waist.

The challenge with full breasts is that there's always the tendency to look like you have no waist. Wearing shapeless, loose tops or dresses can do exactly that and make you look bigger than you really are. Opting for a more form-fitting tailored top or simply putting on a belt will help make your silhouette more balanced and shapely. Strategic color blocking or banding can also create the illusion of a cinched-in waist.

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4. DON'T pile on the necklaces.

Adding more bulk on your upper half through excessive use of accessories will make you look top heavy. Long necklaces in particular can get tricky as they tend to either stay in between your breasts or be stuck on one side of your chest. If you really want to wear accessories, though, opt for bangles, rings, or earrings instead to add spice to your outfits. Now, if you absolutely must wear necklaces, keep them simple and choose a style that won't fall below your chest area.

5. DO get a proper-sized brassiere.

This is an essential step in looking good in everything you wear. The right bra will perk up your boobs and give you the support you need to keep your breasts in their proper place. Go to your favorite bra store and get a professional fitting so you can figure out what size and cup your boobs really are. Also remember that your bra size will change throughout your life, so it’s good to have yourself measured and evaluated every couple of years or so. If your bra straps are sliding off, if your breasts are spilling out of your bra cups, or if your left boob is going a different direction from your right, then those are signs that you need to get new bras ASAP.

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6. DON'T use ill-fitting bras and swimsuits.

The right bra and swimsuit will make you breasts look perky and keep them safely intact. Sports bras that are too tight can make your chest area look like one big mono-boob, while regular bras that are too big will make your breasts wander off into areas they don't belong to. The wrong swimsuit is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Get the right coverage, support, and cut to make the most of your full chest. Underwired bras or those with thick bands and straps offer more support than flimsy ones.

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7. DO have your clothes altered to fit you better.

Button-front tops in particular can present the problem of having the chest area too tight, thus creating unsightly gaps in between the buttons. Or, they can fit well on the chest area but be too loose everywhere else. To err on the safe side, choose clothes that fit well on the chest and have the other areas adjusted as needed to give you the proper shape and fit.

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8. DON'T cover up completely on top.

If it can be avoided, steer clear of solid high-necked tops with short or long sleeves to prevent making your neck seem non-existent. If you’re dressing for colder weather, break up the bulky silhouette by wearing an open coat over your top or loosely hanging a scarf to elongate your frame.

9. DO balance your silhouette by being aware of how the bottom half of your body looks like in relation to your chest.

If you have narrow hips but big breasts, you need to balance off the heavy top by wearing bottoms that add volume to your hips while putting definition to your waist. A-line skirts, flared or loose pants, and belted dresses will help you look more balanced. If you have full breasts and full hips, make sure to define your waist to achieve an hourglass silhouette.

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10. DON'T hide under loose, shapeless clothes.

Sometimes, in an effort to remove attention from the chest area, women wear loose tops and shapeless dresses. While relaxed tops can look good and be very comfortable, be careful not to get anything that’s too big or bulky. More fabric equals more bulk. If you really prefer loose tops, go for ones that are cut closer to the body and skim your body’s outline.

Make friends with your breasts and instead of constantly trying to cover them up or conversely showing off too much of them, strike the perfect balance and make them work for you. By following the tips above, you can tailor trends and styles to suit your body shape. Explore how different necklines make you look and feel. Find the best strapless bra for your cup size. Appreciate what you have and make your assets work for you. Your full chest might get in the way sometimes, but it’s about time you get those big-busted-girl-hang-ups off your chest!

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