Boob Taming or Boob Shaming?

When someone suggests that you downplay your décolletage or minimize your large chest, are they boob shaming you? I suspect “yes” would be the answer from Ella Alexander, who wrote, “Is the Décolletage Really Out of Fashion Again?

Not all of us fall into the industry’s beloved androgynous mould. […] So what are the unfortunate few of us still with unfashionable boobs supposed to do or wear?

Well, the resounding answer is hide them. Don’t let anyone catch a glimpse lest you be labelled “inappropriate”, “tacky” and “brazen”. Forget what you read about displaying your female sexuality; if you are over a C cup it makes the dinosaurs uncomfortable so the best thing for everyone is just to conceal them.

I found Alexander’s article through an Amanda de Cadenet tweet. Given that both Alexander and de Cadenet work in media and were responding to criticism of a red carpet gown for a major media event, I’m not surprised at their perspectives. Given the context, I share it!

amanda de cadenet tweet

The more surprising “yes” comes from a Wall Street veteran– [Read more…]

Full-Bust Find: The Nora Gardner Evelyn Dress

Three heavy-hitter startups have emerged on the NYC professional clothing scene, and you’ve already read my impressions of two of them, MM.LaFleur and Of Mercer. Last week I got to try the Evelyn Dress from Nora Gardner, who happens to be a neighbor at my latest pop up shop (where I’d love to meet you if you’re in New York City this month).

This Instagram post put the Evelyn at the top of my try-on list. Besides the clever neckline details, I could see bust-friendly princess seams!

nora gardner screenshot

Here is what the navy size 8 looked like on me–plenty of room for my 32G-ish boobs without any smashing or strum-strum factor, and the perfect length for my 5’3″ height. [Read more…]

A Roundup of the Best Writing about Big Busts

Surprise! Writing about large chests isn’t just for niche bloggers anymore. I’ve been catching up on mainstream media and finding writers who go beyond complaining or making fun of their big busts to offer truly helpful suggestions and fresh perspectives.

Below are my favorite finds from the past two years. I’ve also included some of the authors’ (or their subjects’) Instagram accounts for extra wardrobe inspiration, plus stated bra sizes. Of course some of the writers could use smaller bands and larger cups, but I’ll let you figure out the conversion–that’s what readers of big bust blogs do!

roundup erin

Author: Erin Mayer, size 30F/FF, @erinkmayer

How to Dress a Petite, Large-Chested Frame

You never really know how something will look on you until you put it on. (Except those teensy bustier tops, you know exactly how they will look, and it won’t be good).

Busty Rules to Throw Out the Window

Apparently we all look huge and shapeless in things that aren’t skintight… except we don’t. Besides, loose-fitting pieces are comfy. I don’t need to dress like Sofia Vergara all the time just because we have a similar cup size. If you’re going for something boxy or oversized, make sure it still has a tailored fit so you don’t get lost.

Author: Dallas Thompson, @dallasbthompson
In Praise of the House Bra

It allows me to live my best life at home, unencumbered by both unruly, floppy boobs and restrictive layers of industrial boob jail. It’s the garment version of the moment a woman in a yogurt commercial takes a bite and closes her eyes in pure bliss. It is not meant to be the star of the show, to please anyone but me, or to do anything but be a comfortable, lovable workhorse.

Author: Ellie Krupnick, 34DD, @elliekrupnick
Life as a Secret Big Boob Girl [Read more…]

Spring Updates Where Bust Size Doesn’t Matter

I found my inspiration for spring trends in this Wall Street Journal article about buying a single item to update your look. As I studied the photos, I realized that busty women can wear each and every one of them without worrying about fitting a large chest.

F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Rebecca Malinsky, Hair & Makeup by Mike Fernandez, Model: Phiona St. Cyr/Major Model Management OD 50 Spring 2017 Small Shopping List Jacket Gucci Published Credit: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Rebecca Malinsky, Hair & Makeup by Mike Fernandez, Model: Phiona St. Cyr/Maj

(1) mannish blazer; (2) satin day shoe; (3) something yellow; (4) logoed it bag.

Recently, I found two more options in this WhoWhatWear post:

  1. stylish slides
  2. sunglasses with pastel-colored lenses.

Of course I’m going to try pairing these ideas with my shirts for busty women to show how simple it is to stay current when you have a great shirt as a foundation. When I talked to our stylist Kristina Frik about it last week, she sent me this inspiration board !

spring accessories

Can you find two more trends that she’s added to the mix? Do YOU have anything to add?