Fashion

What to wear if you have a big bust

All your busty gal fashion questions = ANSWERED.

By Natasha Harding
Big bust

If you've been #blessed with a large bust then you know that, as amazing as having instant cleavage is, having big boobs is unfortunately not without its struggles.

Whether it's dating, exercising, or bra shopping, having big breasts can actually be kinda tricky.

One of the biggest struggles? Figuring out the most flattering styles, cuts and materials to wear to work, on dates, at the beach and even to your own wedding. Oh, and also deciphering what not to wear.

Alas, all is not lost. Here is the go-to guide of how to dress with big boobs:

What dress shapes suit a big bust?

There are two dress styles considered the most flattering for big busts:

1. Fit-and-flare (also known as A-line)
Having a fitted chest down to the waist helps to create a curvaceous feminine shape, while the flared hemline balances out larger chests to avoid looking 'top heavy'.

2. Wrap dresses/cinched styles
A cinched-in waistline helps to draw attention to your hourglass shape - use either a belt or flash some midriff to get the same effect. Busty gals can wear crops too!

What neckline suits a big bust?

Women with larger boobs are constantly told to avoid 'V-neck' styles because they draw attention to the bust area, but that's not always the case.

The thing to keep in mind is just how low the base of the 'V' goes. A slight sweetheart neckline flatters the decolletage area and elongates the body, while a very deep plunging neckline often shows all of the cleavage. The trick is finding the sweet spot.

For work, try to avoid showing a lot of cleavage:

But on a night out, you're good to go as sexy as you want.

Not sure how low is too low? A good rule of thumb is the 50/50 covered/uncovered ratio.

Alternatively, if you want the best of both worlds, opt for semi-sheer panels around the bust for a more flattering look.

What wedding dress styles suits big busts?

If you had your heart set on a strapless style, all is not lost. Simply opt for a dress with a slight dip in the neckline to avoid your boobs looking like a 'shelf'.

Not struck on the whole strapless thing? Then empire-waist (with a flare starting directly under the bust), A-line fishtail and ball gown styles are all hella flattering options.

As for the necklines, sweetheart, V-neck, scoop neck and off-the-shoulder styles are your best bet for amazing looking (and 100% wedding approps) boobs.

What swimsuit/bikini suits a big bust?

We all know that bandeau tops are the enemy, as as halternecks and super tiny spaghetti straps ('cause the gals need real support, amirite?).

Instead, try opting for bustier or balconette (balcony-bra) styles à la Devon Brugman:

Or swimsuits with sexy mesh panels.

What not to wear with a big bust:

Avoid high-collars and halter necks as these can draw attention to your bewbs for the wrong reasons.

As well as 'sack' dresses or outfits with excessive rouching, as these can make your boobs look bigger.

We know the struggle is real, but hopefully these tips will make lugging round your melons a little easier.