Every fortnight, Aloha Everybody will be featuring a different body type – focusing on the difficulties in dressing certain features, choosing what shapes to wear and being confident in your outfits, regardless of your shape or size.
Being a busty lady can be great; with breasts can come tons of confidence, some womanliness, free drinks and a coke bottle silhouette. However, on a day-to-day basis, dressing a large bust can be extremely frustrating and tricky.
Ladies with a large bust often have to buy up a size or two in order for the fabric across the chest to fit properly – if the top is loose, a large bust will hold the fabric away from the body in a tent-like fashion and make the wearer appear much larger than they really are – this is especially true for woven fabrics that have no stretch. If the top is tight, it will fit the body but be stretched over the chest and can make a bust seem even larger and more obvious.
A good, properly fitted bra is key. A bra that fits correctly will give you support, subtle lift and will change the way clothes look on your body. While you’re there – A fitted and supportive sports bra will never go astray.
Unlike your B cup mates, necklines will have a huge effect on how your outfit appears. Although a high neck seems like the perfect way to disguise a large bust, this is not the case. Avoid crewnecks, turtlenecks and halters; these will all draw attention to a larger bust. Wrap shapes will flatter a large bust, showing a small amount of skin at the top of the chest while cinching in extra fabric at the waist to give definition to your figure. Scoop necks and square necks will also do you justice, by showing just a small amount of skin at the top of the chest; this will make you seem longer in the body/not as wide in the chest.
If you have a large bust and a curvy hip, it’s important to make sure you create a waistline. This is where wrap shapes are ideal, however if you don’t love a wrap, you can create the same point of focus with a thin belt – it doesn’t even have to be fastened tightly, just having it there to break up the outfit will be enough to prevent you from looking like a sack of fabric. Not feeling the belt? Opt for a high waisted skirt to create the same shape.
The idea is to minimise bulk around your bust – steer away from chunky cable knits, large lapels and double-breasted coats. Instead, seek out single-breasted coats, fine knitwear that will drape and skim over the body, and jackets with little no lapels. Fitted jackets and coats will also help illuminate a bulky silhouette, while oversized garments will make you look large and shapeless.
First, look for brands that sell tops and bottoms separately. This is almost common practice with most brands now and most womens aren’t the same size in the top and bottom.Second, seek out brands that cater to your needs – if you’re looking for coverage and support look at brands like Robyn Lawley Swimwear and Jets. Both these brands usually retail for around $150-$200 AUD, however, you can usually find more competitive options on Asos or Surfstitch.