It seems that as a nation we are getting bigger busted. So if you are one of those lucky ladies here are some tips and styling tricks to dress a large bust.
Firstly and most importantly, start by getting a bra that fits. It’s a common mistake to go for a larger back size than to go up in cup size. Just because you have a full bust, rather than the 36D you are wearing you may find that actually you are a 32F. Rigby & Peller are perhaps the best known lingerie retailers (who now have a shop in Guildford) or you could try Bravissimo who are more accessible price wise and have stores nationwide (including Reading and London). Most of the larger department stores also offer a bra-fitting service. If you want a truly personal service from expert fitters right here in Farnham, however, then I can highly recommend Loncherie located in the Lion and Lamb Yard. They stock a huge range of brands, are fully qualified lingerie stylists (a status not obtained by many lingerie outlets – which demonstrates that they really understand busts and body shape!) and offer a level of personal customer service second to none – their changing rooms are even heated! Whats more, they also sell swimwear, so if you need a new swimsuit for your summer holidays you could tick both boxes in one visit! Nicola and her team would be very pleased to help you I’m sure.
Once you have found the right underwear, there are some other styling tips you can use when getting dressed:
- Avoid any details in the bust area – pockets, embellishments or necklaces that literally ‘hang from your bust’.
- Avoid double breasted styles or straight lines that run down over the bust (which could become curved lines!).
- Avoid crisp materials like cotton shirting which constrict curves. Instead look for fabrics with ‘give’ like jersey, wool, or materials containing lycra.
- Look for ruching and ease in the bust area.
- Crossover styles in a jersey fabric work really well (see below).
- If dresses or tops are cut too low wear a camisole underneath in a matching or contrasting colour (see below).
- Scoop and v-neck styles are better than higher necklines.
- Avoid sleeves finishing at the bustline – look for elbow length or a shorter sleeve.
Here are some suggested styles for a bigger bust.
Kettlewell Colours do a fantastic colour range of crossover tops, camis and another favourite for dressing a large bust – the ballet wrap:
Finally whilst you may have heard of Bravissimo, did you know that they have a sister brand called Pepperberry who do clothing in bust sizes? The answer to the gaping blouse problem! Worth a look for sure.