How to Choose a Flattering Cocktail Dress for a Large Bust

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Some women dream of having a larger bust line, but for those who are naturally well-endowed, choosing a cocktail dress to flatter their figure is sometimes a challenge. Use these tips to play up your assets without drawing unnecessary attention to your bust.

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    Steer clear of high necklines. It might seem logical to cover your cleavage to de-emphasize a large bust, but high cut necklines often form an unflattering shelf on your chest with the fabric. A modest neckline is the most flattering for the large-busted woman.

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    Try a strapless dress. Take advantage of the fact that you have enough up top to hold up a strapless dress. This style also focuses attention on your shoulders and face and away from your bust. Unlike flat-chested girls, curvy women aren't required to constantly tug on a sagging strapless dress.

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    Skip necklines that have ruffles, beading, sparkles or other detail that draw attention to your bust. Instead, opt for a dress with an interesting waist accent or hemline detail that causes the eye to move away from the area you want to de-emphasize.

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    Accessorize with earrings rather than necklaces. A dangly or sparkly necklace that lies on your chest will cause people to notice an ample bosom. Play up your face with flashy earrings or hair accents rather than a necklace that draws attention to your bust.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid clingy fabrics or large patterns when shopping for a cocktail dress. These tend to emphasize the size and shape of a large bust.

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