It’s an age-old debate: how to style the bigger-busted lady? For most big-chested women, it is a way of life and cannot be wished away in order to tap into a trend.
They require a commitment to a sturdy bra that gives serious support, and cancel out the wispy lace bras worn by models in lingerie campaigns. They can cause serious back ache, and drive many women to breast reductions for medical reasons. But largely, big busts are a part of who many women are, and they should not compromise a woman’s confidence or style.
Some tops won’t fit – necklines become an entirely new factor as to why you will or won’t buy something. Meanwhile, other styles are far from flattering even in the best light. If teen films such as Netflix’s movie Moxie have taught us anything, it’s that it’s not as easy to dress a bigger bust – no matter your age – and there’s an added risk of having unwanted comments made about the size of your chest.
But flaunt what you’ve got and, just like with any other fashion styling choice, know what works for you and your body and what doesn’t. As with any fashion trends, certain styles are going to suit you more – and that’s okay. Once you learn what you like, it all becomes a lot more easy and your confidence will soar.
Here are the best dressing tips for big-busted women of all ages from style consultant Anna Berkeley, and blogger Sasha Wilkins, who chose to reduce her chest size from a 32HH to a 32D after years of discomfort.
How to dress for a big bust
Understand how you feel about your breasts
“Firstly it’s important to be honest about how you feel about your bust size,” Anna Berkeley tells The Telegraph. “Are you proud of your breasts or are you trying to play them down? This obviously affects your clothing choices.”
Sasha Wilkins spent years wearing size 16-18 shapeless sack dresses on her size 12-14 frame because she had to squeeze 2kg of breasts into her tops. COS smocks were her only solution to stop men talking to her chest instead of her face, until she learned to wear what worked for her.
Keep lines simple
“Avoid any fuss,” Berkeley tells us. “That means no ruffles, no frills, no breast pockets and no gathers from shoulder to bust. All of these details make your chest seem enormous.”