with Susan Wagner
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We live in a culture that loves big-busted women — at least, sometimes. If you’re a well-endowed girl, shopping for tops that fit can be less than a love story. So how do you get the best look for your boobs?
The key is fit.
Diana wrap shirt, Carissa Rose, $80
When you’re well-endowed, it’s crucial that everything fit properly through the bust. Start with the right bra — have a professional fitting, to make sure you get appropriate support and coverage. Once the girls are properly cantilevered, it’s time to look for some great tops.
A larger bust often means that you have to choose between a shirt that fits across the chest and one that fits in the shoulders and body. A good tailor can take your shirt in, but no one can make a too-small chest fit properly. Don’t bring home anything that doesn’t fit right across the breasts.
How do you know if your shirt fits right? It shouldn’t gap or pull across the chest, for one thing; button up shirts should lie flat at the placket. The line of your bra shouldn’t be visible through the fabric — that’s a sign that you’re pulling it too tight. And you should be able to hug someone without worrying that you’re going to rip the back seam out.
An empire waist is flattering to women with a larger bust, particularly if your large bust is balanced by a small waist. But be sure the seam hits under your breast, where your bra rests, not across your nipples. An empire waist that hits too high makes your shirt hang wrong and gives you a tummy; it also cuts your breasts in half and — ironically — makes them look larger. Go figure.
Balance a large chest with a cinched-in waist; pair your top with a wide belt, or choose a wrap shirt with a substantial sash. If the body of the shirt is too wide, have it tailored; it should fit close to the body. Pair with an A-line skirt or a pair of book-cut or wide-legged trousers.
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