How to Dress Your Breasts: When Your Shirt is Too Tight

When Your Shirt is too tight

The bane of every busty girl: The button down shirt. I really start to mourn it this time of year, when I want a light cotton to wear to beat the heat, but can’t find anything that doesn’t strain. I have some ideas coming up about how to solve the gap problem, but if your shirt is too tight to button but fits you everywhere else, do you get rid of it? No way! You can still do so much with that top!



Wear an undershirt and button it up to just below your boobs. It’s super flattering as it defines your shape.



Wear it like a cardigan. It’s a great layering option for unpredictable weather or when you want to look put together without a lot of extra warmth.



Use it as a layering piece. Cute top and a blazer? Adorable. Cute top, blazer, and contrasting button down? Fashion maven.



Wear it underneath a vest. The fact that it’s unbuttoned under there is my little secret.



Leave it open and belt it. Show off that va va va voom.

Sometimes a too tight shirt can work in your favor. Being snug on your arms and around your middle can highlight your curves even more. And it offers you a ton of dressing options to keep things from getting predictable. Who says buttons need to be buttoned anyway?

12 comments on “How to Dress Your Breasts: When Your Shirt is Too Tight

  1. Oh the bane of my existence, that middle button. All great suggestions

  2. I have teeny tiny boobs, but I do a lot of the same things. I just think button-up shirts look better when they're not, well, buttoned-up! Yours looks adorable for all of these ideas. ^_^

  3. Colleen P. on said:

    I have done several of these from time to time, trying to get a shirt that fits great everywhere else but has a big ol' gap right between the jugs! I've also taken out the darts, ripped out the stitching and resewn for minimal seam allowance (this takes forever, but for some blouses it's worth the effort), and added panels of a contrast fabric just to wear a blouse. Why in the world anyone would pay good money to have D cups installed I cannot imagine, they condemn themselves to a life of neck and shoulder pain and blouses that don't fit! A very small busted friend of mine and I were in a bra shop one day and we happened upon mastectomy prosthetics-the gel filled inserts that you can put in a bra to balance out if you've had a breast removed. She picked up the ones in my size, looked at me with huge eyes and said "Oh my god these things are HEAVY!" LOL!

  4. Never had this problem but some genius girls I taught used to buy bigger shirts, then use clips in the back to take in the waistline. I imagine someone with your skills could take in the waist with needle and thread!

  5. Colleen P. on said:

    Welll…yes and no. Depends on if the shirt actually comes in a bigger size-I'm right at 45" in the chest.. Plus size often is much too big through the shoulder and the arm hangs down halfway to my elbow, and if it's short sleeved the armscye is often "gappy" and shows more than I am comfortable with. Misses size usually fits well through the shoulder, so it doesn't look sloppy, but it usually does fit everywhere but the chest. Then of course you'll get one that fits really well, perfectly in fact, and then you…wash it. Sigh. Basically if a shirt doesn't have a good fit through the shoulder to begin with, it's never going to look neat and trim like a button front shirt is supposed to. A soft blouse can be worn very big and loose but a stiffer fabric seems to just make one look bigger.

  6. Have you been to Bravissimo (it also goes by Pepperberry)? It is the ONLY place I've ever been able to find a button down that fits my breasts and waist. I *love* these ideas though– great in a pinch or with one of those darned too-cute-to-pass up shirts:)

  7. creamyclothes on said:

    Love all of the ways you styled this!

    • Me too. I bought two different Express button downs of the same size and only one fit. I bought them at a cosign shop and my mistake was only trying on one. Now I can wear the too tight one in other ways

  8. Colleen P. on said:

    Danielle, I am going to keep an eye out-is that a brand or a store? I actually make myself a couple of button front shirts every year or so and this is the year I'm due for a couple of new ones, but it does take a while and if I don't HAVE to sew it myself to get it to fit right, I'm happy to skip it in favor of something more fun!

  9. Mary in LA on said:

    I love these ideas! I'm (sadly) not a mom, but I am an engineer, and engineers, both male and female, have the same habit of falling into a "uniform". In our case, it's typically a polo shirt and a pair of khaki trousers, or jeans on Fridays. :-) I love Oxford shirts and used to wear them often when I was younger and thinner and less, um, stacked. Thank you for all these wonderful ways to solve the gap problem and put them back into my wardrobe!

  10. I have sewed in extra snaps into my button down shirts to avoid the gap. I doesn’t take fancy sewing skills (if you can sew a button you can sew a snap.) The only trick is that these shirts have two layers of fabric on the plackets, make sure you are sewing the snap into the inner lining layer and not all the way through the shirt.

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