Identifying the necklines, fabrics, and silhouettes to complement your shape is not always easy, including (or especially) when you’re working with big boobs. But once you find the styles suited to a larger chest, they’re game-changers for getting dressed.
Remember the following fashion tip for styling large breasts above all others: You can show more skin than you think. “One common misconception about styling a larger bust is that it needs to be covered,” 11 Honoré design director Danielle Williams-Eke tells BAZAAR.com. “I actually find that covering a bust too much actually makes it appear larger.”
The shapes and silhouettes you can choose from are numerous: Williams-Eke recommends V-necks, cowl necks, and off-the-shoulder necklines to show off your décolletage. What goes underneath is just as important. Williams-Eke says the right undergarments are the key to feeling your best in whatever silhouette you want to wear. “Supportive bras are a must but also consider using boob tape,” she advises. “This will allow you to create support while hiding bra straps underneath strappy or strapless tops and dresses.”
Armed with those tips and the 11 suggestions below, your best outfits are ahead of you.
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Embrace the Wrap Silhouette
Whether in the form of a dress or jacket, a wrap silhouette complements every body type and bust size. The best iterations can be cinched as tight or as loose as you prefer, and feature a slight V-neck to spotlight your figure.
For formalwear, a wrap robe dress dripping in sequins does all the styling work for you.
Take the daytime wrap dress to romantic heights in one of Tanya Taylor’s best-selling dresses.
Accentuate the Décolletage
Pick a top that makes your décolletage the focus. A sweetheart or an off-the-shoulder neckline creates a tasteful, yet sexy, look.
Off-the-Shoulder Twist-Front Crepe Top
The subtlest design features turn standard silhouettes into something special. First up: The gentle twist front on this off-the-shoulder top.
An open neckline and fitted waist make this dress a summer must-have. The corset-like structure of the bodice will keep larger chests supported, too.
Close Fits Are Your Best Friend
Try dresses, tops, and bodysuits with ribbed fabrics and knits that are fitted to the body. They won’t add volume to your bust but they will support and accentuate your curves.
Kellan Knotted Stretch-Jersey Midi Dress
A sweetheart neckline and a vibrant ribbed fabric culminate in one can’t-miss occasion dress.
For more everyday settings, ribbed bodysuits are your best bet for layering under everything from linen sets to laid-back denim.
Find the Perfect Fitted Button-Down
When it comes to a button-down blouse, seek out options that don’t create gaps in between the buttons. If you have to, go up a size to make sure the buttons don’t pull over your bosom.
The Perfect Boyfriend Shirt
Here’s a button-up favored by BAZAAR editors for its expansive sizing, easy fit, and surprisingly accessible price.
Oversized button-downs are all the rage at the moment, and they’re more than accommodating for all chest sizes. Vertical stripes add a preppy touch to this relaxed—and button-gape free—top.
Have a Bare-Midriff Moment
Crop tops are just as suited to large breasts as any other type of top: Within the range of options, you can choose from bikini-like silhouettes to more modest options. Whichever you prefer, a bare midriff draws attention to your waist and perfectly offsets an oversized bottom.
This tank silhouette has the coverage a crop top can offer and includes sizes up to 6X.
’90s Reissue Cropped T-Shirt
A plain cropped tee might become your new go-to: It has full coverage but also a playful feel. Try pairing one with high-rise jeans or a midi skirt.
Take note from Elizabeth Olsen and cinch your dress or shirt at the waist with your favorite belt. It adds a touch more definition, particularly in monochromatic outfits.
Mini blazer dresses are one of the best options for the cinched look. When you’re dressing for a more buttoned-up setting, this pick can double as an oversized jacket.
Marion Belted Suede Midi Shirt Dress
A belted suede dress has the same cinching effect and provides a perfect fall canvas for mixing materials.
V-necklines are always worth wearing. The depth of the neckline will determine how much coverage you do or don’t have: Make a statement with a plunging V-neck, or simply show a little collarbone with a higher cut.
One of the best features of a V-neck top is its enduring quality. No matter how fashion trends evolve, this simple neckline will elegantly accentuate your frame.
Yasmine Surplice Cotton Wrap Dress
Looking for a more romantic style? A wide V-neckline with slightly puffed sleeves is your answer.
Cowl necklines are another flattering fit to keep in mind. The draping fabric lies elegantly on your bust, no readjusting required.
A striking take to wear under a darker blazer or alone with a summer mini skirt.
Straight from Miaou’s expansion into plus sizes, this abstract cowl-neck dress is the most colorful way to try the silhouette.
A high-neck pussy bow top is universally flattering with wide-leg pants or a skirt—especially for those moments when you want to downplay your cleavage.
Pussy-Bow Gathered Floral-Print Silk-Georgette Midi Dress
Pair with an over-the-knee boot or a low kitten heel for an instant office outfit.
Floral Print Cotton Shirt
Tuck this floral shirt into a wide-leg trouser for a polished ’70s look.
Look for a Square Neckline
Square necklines are flattering on all chest sizes. For women with large breasts, the angular neckline shows a hint of cleavage and gives a bit of lift and support (depending on the material).
Gentle ribbed fabrics conform to your figure, and tuck in neatly to jeans, slacks, or skirts for extra definition. This luxury knit will keep you cool and comfortable throughout summer.
Square-Neck Crinkle-Knit Dress
Some brands specialize in fabrics that can fit dozens of sizes in a single garment, like Hunza G. Translated to a square-neck dress, their philosophy means this dress will adjust to you—not the other way around.
Indulge in a Silky Fabric
Silk fabrics are so much more than a soft touch and a noticeable sheen. In tops and in dresses, they drape nicely without adding any bulkiness.
Puno Asymmetric Draped Silk-Satin Dress
While this dress has a deep plunge, the fabric’s draped front can be adjusted to reveal as much or as little as you prefer.
Plunge-Neck Silk-Blend Shirt
Straight from the Peter Do runway, this silk top has a slightly gathered waist to emphasize your frame.
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