Boobs, breasts, bangers, knockers… call them what you like, most of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with our mammaries.
We think they’re too big, too small, too saggy. We shoe horn them into a low-cut top Swedish dairymaid style or fill our bras with endless chicken fillets.
It can be easy to get a tad obsessed with getting them looking ‘perfect’.
But fear not. I have plenty of pointers and tricks to help you streamline, flatter and add some oomph upfront. You’ll look more balanced and feel more confident – brilliant eh?
First things first
Whether you’re an A or a J cup – please please please wear the right size and style. Get it wrong and you’ll be saying hello to unsightly bulges and an unflattering silhouette, plus you won’t be properly supported.
A professional bra fitting will help you find the right size and style, which in turn will mean your clothes look and fit better.
To streamline, go for:
- Open collars, sweetheart, deep V or scooped necklines – just don’t go too wide or plunging.
- Softer necklines, like a wrap top, and fabrics that drape and shape.
- Shoulder straps in keeping with your bodyscale – but a wider strap usually looks better.
- Single-breasted jackets, especially in darker colours.
- Drop-waisted garments, low-slung belts and long sleeves. These draw the eye down and lengthen the midriff, so you’re not all boobs.
- A semi-fitted top which shows off a smaller waist.
- Vertical or diagonal seaming. This diminishes a large bust, as does a button band or vertical pleats on a blouse or shirt.
- Statement jewellery or adorned necklines to draw attention to your face.
- Small, geometric and abstract patterns, rather than swirly and rounded.
I’ll share a little extra tip with you – I found a wonderful, innovative bra in the Debenhams Gorgeous range recently which helps you get over that ‘I’ve-got-back-tits’ look. It smoothes out the fleshy overhang some of us (me) get with most bras at the back. You can get them from other places too, like M&S, Figleaves and Bare Necessities.
- Lapels on jackets, as they add width and don’t sit well on a large chest. Instead try edge-to-edge styles that have a bit of length, nothing short or boxy.
- Sleeves which end adjacent to your bust line, and puffed sleeves.
- Shirts, tops or jackets with breast pockets
- Halter necks and high-necked ribbed tops.
- Bright colours, as they are bosom magnifiers, unless of course you want to draw the eye. Darker matte colours will always streamline.
- Cable and chunky knit round-neck sweaters.
- Short-strapped shoulder bags that snuggle under your arm next to your bust.
- Wide belts. These shorten the waist and make your bust appear larger, as do high- waisted garments.
- Bulky, shiny or billowy garments will add further weight to your assets and ruin your shape.
To add oomph, go for:
- Bra inserts, or opt for a bra with a fuller shape and added lift such as a ‘wonder bra’, but don’t go mad… your boobs aren’t supposed to be under your chin.
- Horizontal details at the bust and tops with ruching, twists, ruffles or pleats give you emphasis, especially when the waistline is fitted.
- Looser-fitting styles or stylish layering and try a pattern or lighter, brighter colour on your top half.
- A chunkier knit if you’re also slim.
- Patterns and prints, but keep your scale in mind. Petites can keep it ditsy and small whereas larger, curvaceous ladies can go for larger prints.
- Pockets and detailing add interest and a double-breasted jacket will suit your form.
- High necklines are great, particularly halter necks which give lift and fullness and show off good shoulders. A subtle draped cowl neck can add a bit of volume, too.
- Delicate jewellery, which always flatters a smaller chest.
And remember, more often than not if you have petite boobs you have a great back… so show it off.
- Anything with a structured bust line (corset) if you can’t fill it.
- Deep necklines if you’re conscious of your decollatage/collar bones, but you can dress it beautifully with subtle layered jewellery. Plunging necklines and long sleeves together exaggerate a small bust.
- Clingy, fine tops – unless you want to draw attention to that area and are armed with good boosting underwear.
- Wrap-style dresses and tops.
If you’re post operative…
It may be more a case of balance using bra inserts for some, or even wearing more tissue- sensitive garments. I know from second-hand experience (my mum) that underwires were a total no go.
So in these instances it’s a good idea to go to a specialised underwear retailer or try an online company such as Millie Lingerie, Pink Ribbon Lingerie or Nicola Jane and/or discuss your requirements with your breast nurse.
There are still gorgeous garments to be had and once you’ve got your base sorted you can use any of the above pointers to adapt to your needs.
Getting to grips with your new form may seem tricky to start with but please remember that you bear the battle scars of VICTORY! Go live life to the full peeps. Time will most definitely heal the wounds.
Well, I’ve covered the basics and these little tweaks really will make a difference!
Clothes should be treated as our best friends and secret weapons, and choosing the right colours, shapes and styles make all the difference, no matter what your size.
Love your breasts… it’s easy when you know how.
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