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?

Temperature Layers





Every day this week, at around 1:30, I began regretting my clothing choices. The morning starts off cool, and then the sun comes along, burns off the clouds and I’m sweating in my cute little jackets. I’m trying to get creative with my layers so that they are easier and easier to shed, which actually is more complicated than you think when you’re dressing large breasts. I nearly always have to wear a T-shirt underneath my actual shirt just to keep things as covered as I want to be, but that means if I shed layers I’ll just be wearing things I’m using as, essentially, underwear.

When I found this shirt at Old Navy I bought one in every version they had. It’s interesting enough to wear by itself, and it actually manages to be a loose and yet flattering T-shirt. On those days when it starts cool I can top it with a spring weight scarf, and then shed that as the sun heats us up, but I won’t have to worry about being embarrassed by whatever I’ve got on underneath when I get so hot I’m desperate enough to show it to the world.

Shoes: Target
Pants: Levi’s via Thrift store
Shirt: Old Navy
Scarf: Etsy
Bracelet: Target
Earrings: Target

Body Con





This skirt is the kind referred to in fashion blogs as “body con,” meaning body conscious, meaning body self-conscious because this sucker is skin tight. But I’m OK with that for a couple of reasons. 1: You are as big as you are and no amount of pretending otherwise is going to change that, so who cares. and 2: It’s great to play with proportions in your dressing. So if you’re wearing big on the top (which I usually am to cover my breasts) then go smaller on the bottom. I like wearing this with these great big boots to keep it from going 80’s video vixen.

Shoes: JC Penny
Leggings: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Tshirt: Shades
Top: Forever 21
Necklace: I made it. And you can too.

Dress Your Breasts: Maternity Clothes

The latest installment in our ongoing series:

Tip #2: Experiment with maternity clothes.

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I can hear you now, “But Tresa! Maternity clothes will only emphasize my not-flat stomach! I don’t want to look pregnant! Why would I wear maternity clothes?”

Because maternity clothes make room for breasts. Women who never have to worry about dressing curves suddenly sprout curves all over when they’re pregnant, and maternity clothes appreciate that. So when you’re not pregnant, but still have curves to dress, maternity clothes can be your best friend.

Of course, there is a right way and a wrong way to wear them. That picture up above? WRONG. Maternity blouses often come with ties or belts that separate the breasts from the belly. Why, I don’t know. But they all do. But look at the magic that happens when you cut those ties off?

Boom. From not-pregnant woman to take charge business gal. Get rid of those boob ties, tuck in that shirt, and suddenly a maternity shirt becomes your best friend. A silky, professional looking blouse that is roomy enough for large breasts and has no buttons to gape open on you.

Wanna see the magic again?

Oh, my back hurts.

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Oh, how cute.

Those boob ties emphasize the belly, which I guess was cute when I was proudly pregnant, but isn’t so cute now that that belly is just soft stretched out skin. But without the boob ties I’m left with a great top that is roomy enough to fit my breasts, without just being big on me all over.

Dress Your Breasts: Vanity Sizing

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I started this blog largely because I found it so darn hard to dress my figure, and I found very very little help out there. A large bust seems to stymie even the most creative stylists. So after months of thought and research, I’ve come up with a few tips I wanted to share here as a series.

Tip #1 for dressing large breasts: Abandon all vanity about the size you wear.

Nobody but you will know what size dress you’re wearing, so it doesn’t make much sense to cram yourself into a smaller dress just to know you did it. Even if the dress is bigger, you’ll look way better just by wearing something that doesn’t squeeze you till you pop.

And of course, the actual size of something varies wildly from one manufacturer to the next, and you can times that by ten when you factor in breasts. Some designers don’t seem to think they exist and the only way you can fit them is by going way way up in size. But, again, who’s gonna know?

This brown print shirt dress? XXL.

This cowl necked tank? Medium

This gray sweater? Not just XXL, but XXL – MATERNITY.

By now I’ve tried on so many things that I can tell what size I need just by looking at it, but until you get a feel for what works for you, don’t be afraid to try on all kinds of different sizes. And especially if you’re thrifting or shopping sales racks – try it on. What actually works for you might surprise you.