For decades, fuller busted women have been discouraged from wearing everything from turtlenecks to patterns, but the fashion world has changed for the better. Gone are the days of monochrome and predictable wardrobes that have you blending into the background. It’s time to emerge from the sidelines and step into the spotlight by putting these five full-busted fashion myths in the rearview mirror and opening your closet to an exciting world of possibilities.
Myth: Never Wear a Turtleneck
Full-busted women have been warned against wearing turtlenecks because they make the chest area look too large in proportion to the rest of the body, or like there’s no separation between the neck and breasts. Not all turtlenecks are designed the same. The key is to find a silhouette and fabric that works with your shape. Opt for a slim-fit turtleneck, a cowl neck, or a mock neck. Avoid cropped styles and consider leaving your turtleneck untucked to add to the length of your torso. Whether you wear it on its own or layered under a blazer, turtlenecks should be a staple in your wardrobe.
Myth: Avoid Patterns
To some, patterns have long been a no-no for larger busts, with the argument that small prints can get lost and large prints can be overwhelming. Prints and patterns are a great way to add colour and excitement to your wardrobe and allow you to show your personality. The trick is to look at the waist and neckline on a top or dress to achieve proportions that best suit your shape.
Myth: Say No to Stripes
Stripes have long been a point of contention for the full-busted woman, particularly horizontal stripes. Narrow or wide, horizontal, vertical or asymmetrical, stripes are a good choice for business, casual, and even formal wear. You can even combine horizontal and vertical stripes which can create an illusion of height or an elongated torso. If you’re uncertain about adding stripes to your wardrobe, try fabrics that have a thin, light-coloured stripe on a dark base.
Myth: Steer Clear of the Empire Waist
By design, empire waists draw attention to the chest area and can make a full bust look even larger. In some tops and dresses, they can unintentionally create a maternity silhouette. If you want to give the classic style a try, select something with a less drapey midsection or a fitted bodice, and a square neckline will enhance your decolletage.
Myth: Skip the Ruffles and Bows
Details on or near the bust are discouraged because they draw focus to the chest area, but it’s all about the placement of the accent. Try a large bow at the neck to add whimsy to a tailored blouse, or a ruffle along a v-neck to transform a simple silhouette into an eveningwear staple you’ll want to wear again and again.
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