7 Women Sound Off on Dressing for Larger Busts

“I even have secret boobs. I do—32Cs. It’s just I even have such clavicle issues, I don’t like them on show.”

This was something Alexa Chung said in a 2011 interview with British Vogue that not only stuck with me throughout my twenties, but confirmed in some small way that how I used to be dressing on the time (hiding my very own 34C boobs) was, actually, considered chic.

For years, I even have tried to compress my chest (often with no-wire triangle bras that flatten slightly than add lift), or hide my breasts in oversized oxford shirts, loose-fitting cashmere sweaters, and baggy white T-shirts tucked into mini skirts or jeans. They appear great hanging off the flat-chested models that wear them; it just took me since puberty to understand they don’t look as great on me.


It wasn’t until meeting Karley Sciortino, who dresses her 32DDD boobs flawlessly by showing off their shape while concurrently keeping them—for essentially the most part—covered, that I started to know that big boobs might be chic…even cool. “You would like things which accentuate you, slightly than simply hang off your boobs like a tent, which makes you seem like you’ve a fat stomach by accident,” Sciortino advised over the phone. A number of months earlier, she had come as much as me at a celebration, where I used to be self-consciously wearing a really tight top, and celebrated my tits like newly found treasure hoisted up from deep and murky waters. “I never knew you had boobs!” she exclaimed. “You look amazing!”

Dressing larger breasts (and I fully get that mine are on the smaller scale of massive) is difficult, but dressing them fashionably might be near inconceivable if you happen to don’t know what you’re doing. So I asked seven stylish women how they feel about having big tits in an industry that oftentimes makes clothes for flat silhouettes, the way it affects their personal style, and most significantly, how they wear their boobs to full capability.

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It may well be quite awkward working with clients that didn’t realize my cup size before they booked me. I’ve been on shoots where I’ve felt so uncomfortable, where the stylist and client look concerned and talk under their breath. A number of the time nobody says anything to me directly, nevertheless it’s not difficult to read body language on set. It’s frustrating when it’s my chest that’s the issue as there’s really nothing I can do about it except, in fact, a breast reduction (which had been suggested to me a couple of times). My chest will at all times limit the style work I get, nevertheless it also sets me apart and makes me somewhat unique in the style world. Luckily, I’ve found clients and photographers that love and embrace my frame.

I even have been turned down for prime fashion jobs, and even for certain lingerie jobs my boobs might be considered too big. A number of clients shoot B cups and frequently my boobs look slightly an excessive amount of if you put me in one in all those extreme padded push-up bras. You may’t please everybody though. I’m often the girl shooting the sheer bras where you possibly can’t get away using chicken fillets [laughs]. Agent Provocateur, for instance.

It’s easy to design clothes that look good on a flat-chested model, but I would like to see more designers designing with the feminine form in mind—that basically emphasize yet flatter the feminine figure. In spite of everything, the common bra size in America is a 34DD. I would like to see styles that cater for a bust, nip within the waist, and provides that desirable hourglass shape while looking effortless, not tarty or matronly.

I are inclined to dress in vintage clothes because back then, they were tailored more for girls and their curves. I would like something that nips in my waist, not something that hangs straight from my boobs, otherwise I seem like a block. I wish I could get away with wearing more clothes with out a bra, especially in the summertime months there are such a lot of sexy backless dresses and side boob singlets. I’ve found some styles that I can get away with sans bra, I just can’t jaywalk in addition to usual because there may be strictly no running in said outfits [laughs].

There’s nothing sexier than a lady that’s comfortable in her own body and embraces what she’s given. Boobs are great, big or small. The style industry may sometimes complain about mine, but I like them (and I’ve had no complaints from men).

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I believe if you’re curvy or if you’ve any curves in any respect, you’ve to place more thought into what you wear. Once you’re thin, things hang and you possibly can get away with loads more. But if you’re curvy, you actually have to know your body and what looks good in it. You may look more amazing in certain things, but you can even make yourself look really bad.

I believe what’s exciting about now [is] fashion doesn’t really function because it did previously, where there was a dominant silhouette. Within the ‘50s, there was a fairly specific way and silhouette that ladies wore, a very specific style. The identical goes for the ‘60s and ‘70s. My mom who grew up within the ‘70s says it’s the one generation when the garments just didn’t look good on girls with big tits. It was all in regards to the drapey, not form-fitting, dress. But we’re at a degree where you possibly can wear what makes you look good. I’ve learned that I look higher in bodycon or form-fitting clothes, and silhouettes from the ‘50s and ‘80s probably look the most effective. Things that accentuate you, slightly than simply hang off your boobs like a tent, which makes you seem like you’ve a bloated stomach by accident. Likewise, girls who wear oversize sweaters, collared blouses, or men’s shirts wouldn’t look good in my amazing boat-necked Marilyn Monroe-type dresses. You may’t have all the things.

I keyed in from a young age that if I don’t showcase my thin waist, then I look fat, because I even have big boobs and large hips. It’s easy to be liable to high fashion mandates (that you must be thin to be attractive), but I believe on the flip side, I’ve at all times admired a ‘50s pinup variety of beauty. Not all beauty is similar, so don’t attempt to be something you’re not. In case you don’t seem like Twiggy, don’t attempt to dress like Twiggy. That’s something Iris Apfel has at all times said: “Know who you’re.” You’re never going to seem like the ladies on the runway. You might have to know your body and dress for it. The individuals who have the most effective style understand what they give the impression of being like. It’s about self awareness. For instance, girls with boobs that wear a tube top can look slutty, but girls without boobs can wear the identical outfit and look totally chic. Done well, you possibly can look incredibly amazing and sexy along with your boobs, you only have to know your individual body. You might have to wear the correct bra, which is it’s own crazy nightmare because you’ve to spend three hours in Bloomingdale’s trying them on after which your bra costs $74 because you’ve to get a specialty one to offer you the correct support.

For years, I’d buy stuff from H&M, but a friend once told me that super thin girls can get away with low-cost clothes a lot better than curvy girls. I used to be like, “That’s not fair!” [laughs]. I believe there’s been a turning point, especially with Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, where stretch fabrics and designers like [Azzedine] Alaïa and Herve Leger are really making clothes for curvy women and desirous about a more full shape. And I’ll also get stuff tailored. I’ll buy things online that’s one size too big and get it taken in on the waist. Sure, it’s annoying, but in my view, I like having boobs—they make me feel feminine. I’d slightly have boobs and get my clothes tailored than not have boobs.

I’ve definitely had huge body insecurities, though. But the correct outfit could make me feel amazing—identical to the improper outfit could make me feel like a slob. I definitely take a look at girls with a high-fashion androgynous style and I believe that may be really cool if I could rock a white T-shirt and boyfriend jeans. But that very same person wouldn’t have the option to wear a red cocktail dress and look great. It’s very easy to say the grass is greener, but you only must take into consideration looking the most effective on your body and always take into consideration who you’re. It’s great to have style icons and to attempt to replicate or be inspired by someone’s style, but take into consideration whether or not that person has the identical body shape as you. Don’t attempt to dress like Angelina Jolie if you’ve a large ass [laughs]. All of us make these mistakes an infinity amount of times once we’re growing up and it’s normal—that’s the purpose. You then’re like, “Oh right,” and also you start desirous about your shape. You may showcase your form and your curves without spilling out. When done well, you possibly can look incredibly sexy and amazing and provoking in an envious way, the type of sexy that girls without boobs can’t achieve.

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I haven’t any alternative but to wholeheartedly embrace my God-given shape! I had a stylist friend tell me once upon a time to get a breast reduction, but I flat-out refused. And let’s be honest: guys love ‘em.

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Because I’m a fashion blogger, I do switch it up, and wear turtlenecks within the winter time. But generally speaking, I attempt to persist with V or scoop-neck styles to attenuate my chest size and highlight my décolletage. I at all times need to wear a bra, so backless dresses are generally out of the query. And though strapless bras do exist for girls with my bra size, it’s generally not a great idea for me to wear anything strapless. Sometimes I wish I could go with out a bra, or explore cuter swimsuit styles, but my boobs aren’t having it! I also wish I could wear a crisp button-down and have it give off the identical effect of somebody with smaller breasts. But I’ve had large breasts since I began puberty, so I’m at peace with it.

I believe the style industry should produce larger sizes typically. But I’ve learned to adapt. I put snaps in button-down shirts so that they don’t pucker, or add fabric. One time, I purchased a leather dress in a size 10 (my waist is a ten, my bust is a size 12), and the dress wouldn’t zip in any respect. So I purchased leather from Mood, and took it to my tailor so as to add fabric to the highest in order that it might fit. I’ll go the gap for my clothes so that they can accommodate my girls.

I definitely feel sexy with big boobs —I don’t seek validation from the style industry; I’m already an outlier! I’ll always remember, one time I used to be walking to a fashion show I walked past a bunch of street style photographers they usually all put their cameras down, almost in unison. After which I passed by a construction site, and all the blokes were hollering! The reality is, in the true world, shapely women are highly desirable, despite the fact that the style industry promotes the stick-thin.

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It’s so frustrating to not have the option to wear slinky camisoles, slim-fit button-downs, or any garment that has a seam below the bust. I’d like to wear backless dresses, long pendants, or bib necklaces that dress up the décolletage, but they rarely sit well on my chest, and even seemingly conservative U- and V-necks expose far more cleavage than is office-appropriate.

Swimwear is an actual problem, too. I actually just returned the gorgeous Norma Kamali Bill Mio swimsuit—otherwise a curvy girl’s dream—since the low bustline squished my chest into essentially the most bizarre shape, and the halterneck can’t be used to hoist them up since it doesn’t have a tie. Traditionally, stylists will tell curvy women to wear a V-neck since it draws the attention down and helps lengthen the general silhouette, but I really like a high-neck sweater with a press release necklace, while an oversized silk button-down with skinny jeans or leather leggings is a staple office look because I really like the androgynous style and the contrasting proportions remind people I even have a figure.

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But even when a garment is a great fit, large boobs could make a lady look frumpy in certain fabrics, prints, or colours. I are inclined to buy all the things in a size large, despite the fact that I’m certainly not a big person, in order that I don’t get that awful stretch across the chest. As an alternative, I tuck in my tops or belt dresses to point that I actually do have a waist under all that fabric. You’re fighting a losing battle if you happen to don’t wear a good bra, though. They might be higher than Spanx at making you look slimmer, and might even improve your posture. I’ve spent a fortune at Rigby & Peller on designs by Empreinte, Fantasie, and Panache. No, they aren’t the best lingerie brands on the market, but they really work wonders.

Though there are lots of amazing people working to fight against it, the style industry is essentially still dismissive of boobs—and curves typically. There are real women, and there are fashion women. Even editors are expected to boast model proportions after they get snapped by bloggers on the streets of Recent York at Fashion Week—and people model proportions don’t include boobs. I believe some credit should go to Kim Kardashian and her stylist [ex-]husband Kanye West for proving that one is usually a fashion trailblazer with bombshell curves. I’d like to see Kim-alikes on a serious catwalk. Do designers really think women with boobs don’t want designer fashion and don’t have major buying power? Whoever successfully taps into this market is onto something.

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After I was younger, [having big boobs] really bothered me. Wanting to slot in (literally and figuratively) is such a giant a part of growing up. But learning to simply accept your body is a process, and it involves developing a robust sense of non-public style. In evolving from a young girl to a lady, I’ve learned to accommodate my, ahem, ample bosom in ways in which flatter…not only “slot in.”

I are inclined to err barely conservative in the case of dressing: I rarely put the women on full display. Sometimes, they simply form of find yourself on display, and when that happens, I just drift. I’m far more confident than I was, so slightly accidental cleavage spill doesn’t hassle me in any respect. I’d like to wear one in all those delicate little bralettes without having a uni-boob. But, truthfully, accepting your body means honoring and accepting all the things it may and might’t do. If I am going to my grave having never sported a bralette, I believe I’ll be okay. These bad boys nursed my daughter for six straight months, so I’ll just hang onto that little fact and deal with all of the things my boobs can do versus what they’ll’t do.

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I confer with my boobs as my secret boobs, because I just about hide them on a regular basis. I never used to cover my boobs until I moved to Recent York and got into the style industry. I at all times used to wear a correct bra, with proper support. Now I wear bras to compress or hide them—if I wear a bra in any respect. After I was younger, I used to be confident about my boobs, so I dressed very classic and preppy—I didn’t really care what my boobs did. Now I’m very much aware of what I’m wearing. I’m at all times trying to attenuate my chest.

As of late, though, I’ve been attempting to determine learn how to embrace them and dress for them, nevertheless it’s hard. It’s really difficult to decorate in fashionable clothing because your boobs physically don’t fit into the stuff. I would like to wear Reformation dresses, but I can only wear one out of 10 styles because they’re not made for giant boobs. They do have a giant boob collection, where they’ve one or two dresses per season that take big boobs into consideration, but I can’t wear those I would like to. I’d like to have the option to wear a white T-shirt and jeans. But when I do, I even have an enormous boob situation. If I would like to do an oversized T-shirt look, I even have to seek out a size XXL; otherwise, it’s going to be really fitted where my boobs are and loose in every single place else.

Sure, boys like my boobs. They’re at all times extremely joyful after they realize how big my boobs are after I take my shirt off [laughs]. I do feel sexy with my boobs. But it surely’s a weird contrast—I’d never go to a fashion event with my boobs in any form of visible ensemble. I’ve worn tight-fitting but covered-up things previously, and it just garners an excessive amount of attention. At one event, I wore a correct bra, a black turtleneck sweater, and a good skirt. All the time, everyone was all, “Whoa! Your boobs!” It becomes the one thing that anyone comments on. Also, they knock stuff over [laughs]. I remember I knocked over a glass of water that night. They’re just not very convenient. The thing is, nothing that’s made for giant boobs is remotely cute. All the pieces is heinous. I’d like to have a lingerie line and an oxford shirt line for ladies with big boobs. Like a Brooks Brothers-type shirt collection made for ladies with boobs, as a substitute of getting to get shirts tailored on a regular basis. Also, I hope stylists start using more models with big tits. It’s refreshing and makes me feel more comfortable embracing mine. If everyone’s cool with big boobs, then I must be cool with mine.

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My boobs make it difficult to seek out pieces which are flattering. I attempt to hide them more often than not because I don’t want them to be a distraction. Nonetheless, after I do embrace them, I really like a cropped top with a good high-waisted skirt. Most significant thing is a great bra!

I’d like to wear a tank top or a backless dress with out a bra. But unless the garment is supported with boning, I’m not in a position to forgo a bra. Breasts could make you look top-heavy very easily, even when you’ve a small frame. It’s vital to focus on your waist so there isn’t an optical illusion that your stomach is as as big as your breasts are.

Though I feel very sexy with my breasts (I don’t desire smaller breasts in any respect), I’m at all times determining what’s most flattering for my body type, which I believe all women can relate to. It will be wonderful if there have been more dresses that were tailored to women with big breasts, because any predetermined cup size is probably going too small, and lots of the seams aren’t placed at flattering points, meaning your breasts take up extra space than a flatter-chested woman.

Olivia Fleming is the previous Features Director at HarpersBAZAAR.com. Born in Recent Zealand, Olivia was raised with two basic beliefs: That deep respect for the earth is a given, and ladies are imperative to leading a successful, progressive country (two female prime ministers took office during her childhood). But after moving to Recent York in 2008, she quickly realized that her establishment was at odds with the remaining of the world. In an effort to vary that—and to legitimize women’s duel interest in fashion, politics, and human rights—Olivia focuses on female storytelling. From long-form features and bold packages, to recent podcast initiatives that elevate the magazine’s content mix across platforms, she champions the stories no-one else is telling.

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