What clothes flatter a big busted woman?

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What clothes flatter a big busted woman?
Be proud of your voluptuousness and don't hide it under big, shapeless clothes. (natalie image by Earl Robbins from Fotolia.com)

Womanly curves are here to stay, partly because breast sizes are getting larger, according to the Simply Gok Wan website, and also because women in all their beautiful shapes and sizes are finally getting a say in the size of models used in fashion shows and by fashion designers. Show off your fabulous figure in well-cut clothes and good fit, rather than the dull, shapeless tents that the fashion industry thought was good enough for women larger than a size 8.

Know your measurements

Well-fitting clothes deserve a good outline, which is why it's important to start from the inside out. Know your bra size or ask to be measured and have a professional fitting. Find bras that support you as well as giving you colour, curve and shape; clothes drape better, look better and fit you better when you're wearing the correct size bra. Gok Wan, the fashion guru who changed the way so many women feel about their bodies, makes the point that the correct bra instantly increases the options you have for beautiful, flattering clothes that suit you and your body.

What not to wear

The first rule of fashion for the voluptuous of chest is no floaty, frilly tops. Sophia Ophitou, writing in The Times in August 2008, advises fitted shapes because they make you look sleek and streamlined. A floaty top exaggerates your size and makes you shapeless, whereas your aim is to have outline and form, and to look Rubenesque and delectable. You have a beautiful figure because of your curves, not despite them, and you will lose that shape if you camouflage it behind heavy knits, big frills, pleating, smocking or polo necks.

Complementing your figure

Cosmopolitan magazine's top style tips include V-neck tops, to draw the eye upward, and using a belt to cinch your waist in a shape-skimming outfit. Wraparound tops that accentuate the shape of your bust are far more flattering than those that turn your bust into a shelf or simply hide your contours, and tailored jackets, sleek tops, and well-cut skirts and trousers flatter your overall shape.


You need underwiring in your swimsuit to give you enough support and shape, and the fabric should be stretchy enough to flex with your body but not so thin that it doesn't hold you in. The Natural Curves website recommends that you experiment with halterneck or wrapover styles, and if you want to direct attention away from your bustline, look at swimsuits that have design features below the waist, such as a tiny skirt or a decorative chain. Go for dark colours, certainly above the waist, which will give the illusion of a smaller size if that's a concern for you.

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