Monday, June 25, 2012

Tips for the perfect Busty Summer Wardrobe


Technically summer started last week (my heating bill and long socks beg to differ!) For busty women summer can be a wardrobe nightmare. Many busty girls dread the prospect of barely-there summer clothing which leaves them feeling exposed and unsupported. The reality is that not everybody suits every style of clothing but this is a reason to celebrate rather than despair. We busty beauties can look sleek, cool and gorgeous in summer clothing that flatters and fits our own unique figures.

Bra vs Tank Top
When your bra straps are 10 times wider than the oh-so-cute spaghetti straps on your tank top it's safe to say it's not a good look.

Tip: Go for tank tops with wider straps, this won't make you look bulkier, it will make your outfit look more polished and keep you just as cool.
I love the lace up detail on this $12 tank from Joe Fresh. It comes in loads of colours too!

I love how soft this tank cami is from Banana Republic. The lace makes the whole thing look lighter. $35
Available in tonnes of colours, this J Crew tank is strap friendly with a beautiful swooping neckline. Very flattering. $24
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The Seduction of Silk
I read The Lingerie Addict's review of camisoles this week and had my usual surge of envy at the effortless, seductive beauty of these silk creations. As a busty woman you know how quickly you can wreck the look of a dainty camisole when you have a 'sizeable' bra underneath. This doesn't mean you can't luxuriate in the joy of silk though.

Tip: A great strapless bra will give you the support you need under a camisole without spoiling the delicate look. Opt for a camisole with lace overlay (i.e. not see-through) this will give you great detail with more coverage so that your bra isn't visible. There are also some gorgeous silk tank tops too that will give you your silk fix with wider straps so you can wear a full bra.

This pretty silk camisole has great detailing and cuts slightly higher so your strapless bra is covered. $99.95 in 5 colours

I adore this silk tank top because it gives you the best of both worlds. Love it! $62.99
Bold Straps
Lots of summer tops and dresses have straps that are cut narrower on the shoulder (the straps sit closer to you neck than your shoulder - it's a style thing) so revealing some bra strap is inevitable. If this is the case then it's a time to BE BOLD! Nothing ruins the look of your outfit faster than a tired, nude bra strap peeking out from behind a rather beautiful top.

Tip: If your bra is visible then choose a bold colour that becomes a statement part of your outfit rather than an embarrassment!
Clockwise from top left: Tango Tutti Frutti, Guilty Pleasures, Naomi, Lucy in Yellow
Necklines
The shape of your neckline can affect how large or small your chest looks. A V-neck shape is very bust friendly but this isn't your only choice. If you are wearing shorts or a shorter skirt then you may want a more covered up neckline to balance out your look.

Tip: A boat-neck shape is a surprisingly flattering look on big boobs. The wider cut at the neck is as broad as your boobs so it gives you balance up top.
I love this nautical feel boat-neck top. These stripes are thin enough not to make you look wider! $16 Joe Fresh
I think this would look amazing on a elegant, mature, busty lady. $85 at Banana Republic.
Dressed to Impress
Many of you will know that I am a dress-fiend. I love the ease and versatility of dresses and in the summer you can find some fantastic bust-friendly creations that go easily from day to night.

Tip: Look for wider straps, dresses you can put a belt on to give it different looks and cinch in your waist.

Available in lots of colours this J Crew dress has great straps and neckline for busty ladies. Dress up or down. $290

Prints are very bust-friendly and I'm a fan of wrap dresses because you can slip a camisole underneath for more cover. $124 from Banana Republic

5 comments:

  1. I think in terms of summer dress I really like both of BiuBiu's maxi dresses: http://biubiu.pl/kyoto.html and their new beach dress... https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/428570_10150954966593463_658749605_n.jpg

    Wish it was summer here already! :)

    I really need to get a nice tank for next summer too and I think I'm going to try for Ureshii's Designs made-to-measurement tank: http://www.ureshii.org/singlet/ tanks are always such a struggle for me and give me the worst tent effect!

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    1. I have to check out BiuBiu, you have such luck with them. Will love to read your review of a made to measure tank if you get one. Thanks for always commenting June - you're so supportive xx

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    2. No problem! And, yes, please try BiuBiu, I think you'll love them. :D You'll have to wait a bit for the made-to-measurement tank because it's COLD here (my poor feet!) and currently, I'm lusting after this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/82863182/trench-coat-with-black-buttons even though I can't afford it. ;) Certainly, nothing like Canadian winters but since Brazilians don't build homes for cold weather (we don't even have heaters!) even a bit cold is felt quite a bit.

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  2. For dresses with spaghetti straps you can also wear a light shrug or blousy top.

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    1. That's so true - I have two shrugs that I rely on in the summer - so handy! xx

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