Lovelyish reader GuitarKat93 asks:
Somewhere between the ages of 15 and 18, clothes shopping has become increasingly difficult for me.My mom took me and my sister to the store today to buy some clothes. I have absolutely no dresses anymore, so I was determined to find a nice dress. Easier said than done -I tried on 10 or so dresses, ranging in all different sizes.
My dilemma is this: What fits my waist does NOT fit my chest/hips, and what fits my chest/hips does NOT fit my waist! It’s like clothing manufacturers think that all women either have A-cups or are pregnant. It’s quite frustrating. And it’s not like I have a lot of money to spend on tailored clothes.So my question for you is: Do you know of any good, affordable places to find clothes for the…umm…”well endowed”?
I can definitely relate, and I’m sure there are plenty of reader who share our struggle. Dressing for the “well-endowed” is most difficult when it comes to dress, especially if your waist is so much smaller than your bust like you and I. What I tend to look for in a dress is a cut with a defined waist or — believe it or not — a very relaxed fit.
I am the first to say that relaxed/loose fitting dresses on girls with a big chest and tiny waist is a no-no. Usually you end up looking much larger than you are and no one wants that. That being said, there are are some styles that will accentuate all features in the right way. The trick is to find one that have subtle structure in the bust. I absolutely love this dress (above) from Urban Outfitters.
Nine West Dress Skinny Belt Set, from Amazon
Another option would be to belt a dress. I know it can be annoying to have to belt everything you wear, but this way you can wear the dress you love in the store and actually look good in it. Believe me, you will not be the only one belting, just look at the Kardashians — they wear just about everything belted. Invest in a great patent leather black belt, as well as a neutral color one, and an animal print belt to add a little pizazz.
Cupcake Decorating Party Dress, $49.99 from ModCloth
Lastly, anything with a V-neck is going to be very flattering and allows for more room in the bust so you can usually fit into the size that fits your waist. I know it seems counterintuitive, but V-necks actually make a large bust look better than a high neck line which can make them appear even larger (not in a good way either, but in a “one giant boob” kinda way). Any of these styles would look great.
Sleeveless Double V Neck Solid Maxi Dress, $47.04 from Bloomingdale’s
Warning: Whatever style dress you go with stay away from tent dresses and empire waist! Hope this helps!
Do you Lovelies have any advice for dressing for a larger chest?
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