Ever since Real Simple excluded busty women from its spring trends in 2009, I’ve steered clear of its fashion advice. However, I couldn’t resist studying this month’s tips for wearing tropical prints if you have a large bust.
Personally, as long as there’s no bull’s eye, I think prints on top look great. I’m more concerned about their advice to wear a white tee shirt with the shorts, and the white top they show with the pants. It gives me nightmares of the summer that I wanted to look like a Gap commercial. Unfortunately, I tried to create the look with a crew neck. Suffice it to say, I did not look like this model.
Since then, I’ve learned the importance of deep necklines to keep my chest from looking like a mountain that begins under my chin.
I’ve also learned about the importance of balance points, third pieces and neckline boobs. With these tools in mind, I might possibly try another white tee this summer. However, this spring I’m more excited about white sleeveless jackets. I’ve wanted one ever since seeing this $450 Rag & Bone version a few years ago.
In April, I found this $27.99 Mossimo version at Target. Two large-busted reviewers give it five stars and say that it runs large, but I felt like the giant armholes made it shapeless on me.
Then I passed a Mango store, saw this $89.99 Sartorial vest, tried it on, and loved it. Now it’s in my closet . . . waiting for me to figure out how to wear it.
Here’s why I love it:
- the deep V groups my bust with my neckline
- it’s a great third piece that layers without adding bulk
- the white is energizing without taking over
- it gives the polished effect of a blazer without its formality (I like streamlined looks)
- the length elongates me, although I need to experiment with proportions to see what else I can wear it with–probably not a knee-length skirt?
Here’s how it looked on me today with a very basic base of jeans and a tee shirt. How would YOU would wear it?
I also experimented with it with my Henley top. My first impression is no. Do you agree?
Finally, here’s a cropped white jacket to add to the mix. I’ve owned it for four years now, but I think it shows that we shouldn’t automatically assume that short lengths won’t work on us.
And one more thing–take a look at Tina’s recent post about her own white tops.