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The How-To Lounge: Dressing Tips for the Busty Gal

I hope you all enjoyed my How-To Lounge with dressing tips for the bottom heavy figure. All your comments were extremely helpful, so thanks for chiming in.

I am back now to talk about how to flatter the "top heavy" woman, and again, FabSugar will be following up next week with some great shopping ideas to complement the tips I share with you here.


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  • If you have a larger chest, be sure to invest in the right bras. Having a bra that fits properly makes a world of difference in all of your clothing and accentuates all of the right areas
  • If you wear business casual dress to work, make sure your button down shirts do not pull. This can be a difficult article of clothing to shop for as blouses tend to either pull in front or are too large in the shoulders. Many retailers understand this dilemma and Banana Republic has designed tailored shirts with extra room in the bust
  • Opt for blouses with a little stretch in the fabric for some give room
  • I always suggest avoiding crew neck or boat neck tops as they tend to create a tent like effect. Opt for a scoop or V-neck to create an illusion of a smaller bust line and show off "casual cleavage"
  • Wrap dresses are great for busty women since you can adjust the amount of coverage until you feel comfortable
  • Many women struggle with tank tops and spaghetti straps. Choose a tank with a built in bra, and if that isn't enough support, wear a bra underneath in the same color. Spaghetti straps are not out of the question, but if a strapless bra won't provide you with enough support, wear a bra with thin straps in the same color as your top or dress
  • Remember that dark colors are always slimming and I would avoid ruffles or pleats on the bust line which are bound to make you look fuller than you really are
  • While it might be easy to wear baggy tops for comfort sake, stay away from the mu mu effect. Just because you are more full up top doesn't mean you can't embrace it
  • If you do opt for a blousier top, make sure to balance your outfit with a slimmer pair of pants, a tight pair of jeans, or a shorter skirt

I hope you find these tips helpful. I think all of the fuller chested gals out there should give a big thank you to our favorite fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker for making the visual bra strap a fashion statement!

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