The Busty Gal’s Guide to Tops
Suffer boob gaps no more
Are you #blessed in the bust department? Well-endowed women everywhere have, at one point or another, found shopping for shirts to be a real pain. Exactly which necklines are the most flattering? How do you manage a button-down? And spaghetti straps: Yea or nay?
We hear you. Ahead, our tips for rocking any kind of top.
DO: Pay Attention To Sleeves
Short, tight sleeves that cut into your armpits draw attention to a larger chest. Choose a looser, slightly longer sleeve (or a flutter sleeve) for a more flattering effect.
Jessica Simpson ($21)
DON’T: Fall Victim to Spaghetti Straps
Sad but true: Those flimsy things offer zero support and cause unwanted spillage. Thicker straps on a tank top will create balance and conceal your secret weapon (your bra) underneath.
DO: Embrace a Slight V-Neck
A shallow V-shape draws the eye inward and has a slenderizing effect. Just don’t go too deep if you want to keep it daytime-appropriate.
Ann Taylor ($60)
DON’T: Involve Too Many Extras
Step away from the Bedazzler. Embellishments, ruffles and general “stuff” around the neckline only add bulk. And while we’re at it: Skip the strapless numbers, too.
DO: Highlight Your Waist
Tops that are nipped in at the sides (think: peplum blouses or belted tunics) create that ideal hourglass shape.
Fashion to Figure ($27)
DON’T: Force a High Neck
We know, we know: Turtlenecks are super trendy again. Unfortunately they’re just too much fabric for certain body styles--creating the dreaded uni-boob.
DO: Consider a Cowl Neck Instead
So you still want the turtleneck look? Opt for an elongating cowl neck--one that sits prettily across the sternum and shows off a bit of collarbone.
DON’T: Go Too Baggy
Because extra fabric equals extra volume. Steer clear of tent tees and oversized sweaters (not to mention anything that looks like a Muppet), which can swallow your frame.
DO: Go Up a Size in Button-Downs
Contrary to the point above, this is where bigger is actually better. Rather than pushing your shirt to its max (and inviting the all-too-common boob gap), buy your dress blouses a size larger so they hang slightly. Sleeves too long? Cuff ?em. Hem too long? Tuck it.
DO: Layer Like a Pro
Put those old (snug) button-downs to good use by topping them off with a fine knit. (Remember our V-neck conversation?)
DO: ROCK THE MONOCHROMATIC LOOK
Kate knows that a single-colored outfit is as effortless as it is slimming. (And she gets bonus points for a structured blazer to balance out curves.)
DO: Invest in Tailoring
If you find yourself buying bigger sizes to accommodate your assets, befriend a good tailor. It costs a bit more in the end, but think of the satisfaction of wearing a shirt that actually fits you to a T.