Let's not be coy about it: dressing for the office can be hard, but dressing for the office with boobs is harder. And while we know that women with smaller boobs have their own difficulties with clothing, we also know that bigger boobs can cause many dresses and blouses to read sexy and/or ill-fitting too easily. Dressing larger chests requires some finesse. And double-sided tape. Lot of double-sided tape. Here are our top three suggestions and styling tips...
- Find a tailor you love - this goes without saying for women of all shapes and sizes, because ill-fitting clothing makes any outfit immediately inappropriate for the office. However, a tailor can help you modify clothing for the office. We've found that adding a button or clasp on the inside of a blouse (especially one with buttons) where your boobs pull the fabric helps keep outfits office-appropriate (and, more importantly, help keep you confident).
- Avoid buttons - boobs pull the fabric apart in-between the buttons, causing awkward peaks into your shirt, the easiest way to avoid this is to avoid button-down shirts of any material. Choose shirts with volume detail, like this one and this one instead! If you can't give up button details, try half-button downs like this dress or
- Find the right bra - you've heard it a million times, but it's true: finding the the right bra is important. It will keep you comfortable and your clothes fitting correctly. Invest the time (and money) to be fitted at Neiman's or Nordstrom's and find the bra that fits your shape and size in a color that matches your skin tone.
- Embrace overisze - if you're going to wear button-down blouses, err towards more oversized, silk blouses like this Equipment blouse. Pair with an a-line skirt to keep the silhouette balanced.
- Find the right collar - v-necks and wrap dress collars can be tricky, so we recommend scoop neck, crew-neck and high-neck (like turtleneck or mock-neck) collars. A luxe, silk crew-neck pairs well with slim and wide-leg trousers; and mock-necks aren't just for colder weather!
- Incorporate volume and detail - this distracts from bigger chests, re-directing gazes from your chest to your blouse (or dress) details. This blouse would pair perfectly with a pencil skirt!