Dedicated to highlighting the shopping highs and lows of a busty fashion obsessed 20-something year old on budget.
Certain things in life just work well together. Like macaroni and cheese, Will and Jada, nautical stripes and anything red.
And the same is true for a busty girl. There are just certain items that work really well with our body type and should always be in our closets. They work so well in fact that every and anytime I whip one of these puppies out (the outfit, not the breasts) I always get a ton of compliments. Now, so can you.
Every busty girl should have these five things in her fashion arsenal and she should have them in various colors, textures, lengths and styles so that they make up the core of your wardrobe.
Minimizer bra: There are days where me and my breasts just can’t get along. Sorry to say, I’m only human and sometimes I get to my breaking point especially when I put on a simple button-up only to see this big gaping hole where the whole world can see what color bra I have on for the day. That’s when I whip out my handy-dandy minimizer bra. Most of them like this Lilyette Comfort Lace Minimizer bra on sale on Ebay promise to reduce your breasts by at least an inch to two depending on the brand. And trust me, that reduction goes a long way when you need to get your shirt to button up properly.
Convertible bra: In line with my theme on the importance of proper undergarments, busty women all across the globe need to possess one of these. If your style is as varied as mine, then you know that the traditional bra doesn’t always cut it. Maybe you want to go strapless but still get some support, maybe you want to rock a halter top for a sexy date but want an extra umph in the decolletage. Then your convertible bra is the go to accessory for the night. Based on personal preference and overall look, I suggest ones without extra padding. The last thing you need is to have that padding shift and give the illusion of you possessing three breasts instead of two. My favorite multipurpose bra happens to be at Lane Bryant and their convertible bra, this one seen here from the Cacique collection affords you the option to wear it traditionally, halter, cross-back, one-shoulder and strapless. The bra retails for $38.
(Photo courtesy of LaneBryant.com)
Camisoles: Now we all know that the workplace is no place for a great rack to be making an appearance. We busty women of course want to be taken seriously and have our male counterparts make stable and consistent eye contact although that isn’t always a guarantee. That’s where a camisole comes in. And if you don’t know what a camisole is then envision a tank top with spaghetti straps usually made of lace, silk or some other exceptionally feminine fabric that you wear over your bra and beneath you blouse. Camisoles are perfect if you want to be modest but still not be too covered up. And what’s even better about them is that they can add the right pop of color of hint of femininity to an otherwise snooze fest of an outfit. Just because you want to work and play with the boys doesn’t mean you have to look like one.
Wrap Dress: Can’t say enough about this my busty fashionistas! A wrap dress is the Holy Grail of outfits for a busty figure. They hug our curves ever so fabulously and they highlight the neckline which elongates your figure and makes you look at least 5 to 10 pounds slimmer if not leaner. And who doesn’t want to look lean now that we are approaching summertime. Ladies, it’s time to invest heavily in this style Wrap dresses are so multifunctional; they move from the day at work to a night out with friends. It’s the perfect go-to dress when you don’t want to stress over looking great in a short amount of time.
My favorite one at the moment happens to be this gorgeous Suzi Chin Short Flutter Sleeve Tulip Hem Faux Wrap dress currently on sale and available at Macys’ for only $96.85. (Photo courtesy of Macys.com)
When the weather warms up as it is doing presently here in Brooklyn, I’m not a huge fan of wearing a lot of clothes. Plus after a long, hard winter, can you really blame me? So when I am not in the mood to deal with a lot of clothes but still want to look effortlessly chic, I turn to my collection of maxi dresses to get me through the hot, sticky weather. If you are tall and busty like me, I recommend large, dramatic prints, vivid florals and bold statement colors. Our taller bodies tend to be able to handle these very well and not look like we are just drowning in a wad of fabric. I’m currently experiencing a minor obsession over this INC International Concepts Sleeveless Keyhole Cutout Maxi Dress also available Macys retailing for $79.50. (Photos courtesy of Macys.com)
As neons are really hot right now, aim to get them in hot pinks and electric oranges and greens. Always work with what looks well with your skin tone. Neons have the ability to enhance the beauty of your complexion so play off of that and don’t be afraid to go crazy and accessorize with lots of gold and turquoise accents.
Any other must-haves you feel need to be in a busty girls’ wardrobe?
Drop me a line and a photo if possible and share your favorites.
Forever busty and fabulous,
The Busty Fashionista <3
Now, anyone that knows me has seen my rack. Not with me naked of course but they know that I have big breasts. Breasts which can’t be hidden or better yet refuse to be hidden but thankfully, can be controlled.
Having hit puberty relatively early and outgrown the C-cup size bra well before 15- years-old, I found myself having to come up with creative techniques to dress my body without feeling overly exposed to the world.
Dressing a busty body type need not be this painstakingly grandiose task. So I’ve jotted down my top five tips for dressing your busty body type appropriately.
- Ensure that you are wearing a proper fitting bra: Don’t go shopping in that grandma-like bra that looks like it’s been used to play one too many games of slingshot. If you wear a crappy bra then you increase your chances of having whatever clothes you try on while shopping, fit crappy too. And this is definitely the result that you are trying to get away from. If you lack the proper delicates, I suggest ladies try Macys’ department stores to get measured and properly fitted. Macys’ boasts an amazing selection of bras for the well-endowed and the women that work in the lingerie department have always made my bra-shopping experience bearable and might be able to do the same for you.
- Be realistic: All too often we busty women choose styles that are not in any way, shape or form, flattering to our breasts. Not all fashion trends out there are meant for busty women. There is a reason after all that most high fashion models don’t have large breasts to begin with. So strapless, backless and any other style that hints at a lack of support in the title should be avoided at all costs. Stick to halters, sweetheart and most importantly V-neck necklines. All highlight the decolletage incredibly and elongate the neckline to show off your rack amazingly.
- Fit is key: No matter how cute or chic an outfit is, never buy it if it doesn’t enhance your shape. I all too often face this same challenge when shopping for blazers. The blazer will be exactly what I’m looking for only to realize that I can’t get it to close in the front and it’s way too snug in the front when I do try and close it. I used to tell myself that I’d just wear it open but that kind of defeats the whole purpose of the blazer. Plus it will probably feel so uncomfortable to wear that after a while I’ll end up giving it away and will have ended up wasting my money. In this economy, I don’t have money to be spending frivolously especially when I have breasts like these to take care of.
- Accept and Appreciate: Many of my fellow busty women believe that they have been handed the death sentence when it comes to their rack. But ladies, unless you are having back problems, your breasts DO NOT have to become the enemy. The sooner you man up (no pun intended) and appreciate your body the easier it will be to shop and not get overwhelmed by the sometimes limited selection that is all too often provided for us. There is a reason why smaller-busted women get implants. They all want a larger rack. And I’m sure you’ve gotten compliments on your breasts. I can’t tell how many times I’ve been told mine look great. Embrace your curves and it will no longer seem like a flaw. You have to love yourself before you can see your body for its possibilities.
- Get creative: Although my fellow busty ladies might see this as another unnecessary challenge, I charge you all to use your assets as the perfect excuse to challenge the status quo. Don’t settle for the look that so many other women are channeling. Get creative with your bras, your tops and your shopping habits. Try different stores and aim for quality in your shopping rather than quantity. If your local department stores aren’t cutting it, try moving your search online where you literally have the world at your fingertips and it all begins with a Google search.
I’m sure many of you feel overwhelmed at the prospect of remembering all these tips when shopping but trust me it only takes one. Focusing on one tip each shopping trip will make the task a little less daunting.
Any busty fashion tips you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a line and a picture and showcase what works for you. Help your fellow busty chicas out!