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Friday, November 20, 2015

How to Pick a Holiday Dress (with a Big Bust)

With Thanksgiving just next week (what?), your social calendar is likely an endless string of work, friends and family socials until the morning of January 1st. This means that it's also time to start thinking about your winter wardrobe.

Those of us with big boobs (why does it sound so weird in my head when I type it? Like I'm supposed to write some code like "bust" or something) may find it challenging to find a holiday dress that both fits well and is flattering, however I've got a few tips to help ease your shopping anxieties.

The Dos

I'll start off a bit more positively with things to look for in a dress.

You should always look for a dress that has a waist or at least definition. Dresses without waists will make you look like a potato sack. However, some dresses will have darting and tailoring so that they are form fitting without a proper waist. You can't always tell by looking online (models with A cups make every dress look the same, sorry to say!), so you may have to actually go in and try things on. Ugh, I know.

Bonus tip: If you fall in love with a dress that doesn't have a waist, you can add one with a belt or ribbon. However, be cautious of this because if the dress is too flowy, the material will gather and look weird.

Look for a dress with straps or invest in a really good strapless bra. Strapless bras don't always work when you've got big girls, and double sided tape is out of the question, unless you've been surgically enhanced (no hate here, just stating the facts). Unless you've got a strapless bra you can swear by, pick a dress with straps big enough to cover your bra straps. However, if the dress fits really, really well, you can get away with strapless, sometimes even without a bra.

Get it tailored If you're going to a big event, look into getting your dress tailored specifically for you. This can make it easier to wear a strapless dress or a dress with thin straps. If it fits you like a glove, there are usually no wardrobe malfunctions.

The Don'ts 

Avoid boatneck and turtleneck dresses. These only accentuate your breasts, and usually not in a good way. Instead, opt for a round neck or V-neck. High necks are also okay, as long as it's not too high. Dresses with a cut out at the bust are also not going to work well unless you've got surgically enhanced breasts and/or a team of dedicated dressers.

Avoid dresses with too much going on at the bust area. If the dress has an overall beading or pattern, that's one thing. But don't get a dress that just has a pattern on the breast area. For a girl with big boobs, it just doesn't look good.

Proceed with caution with capped sleeves. They can sometimes be unflattering, but it depends largely on the fit.

Below I've listed several dresses in this widget to help get you started. The price points are all over the place for a ton of different budgets, so keep that in mind.


Wear some fancy pants! This is probably the only time of year you can get away with sequin trousers without looking like you're in an early '90s dance recital. H&M has released these for £30, which are perfect for a holiday party.

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  1. Nicole Lauren BlakeNovember 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I find I can usually get away with high necks and turtle necks if it's in a dark colour and I have a reeeeally good bra on. Otherwise, it just looks awful!
    I think I'm going to go down the trouser route this year though! Nice and comfy and warm but smart too!

    Nicole |

    1. What are these magical bras and where do I get one?! Are they minimizing bras? xx

  • As a big busted girl myself, I love these tips! I've found it even harder to find dresses and tops now that I'm pregnant! When are designers going to come to the realization that not all women wear an a-cup?!


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