Maxi Dress Week–and a Grouping PSA

In Tina’s post tomorrow, she’ll share some interesting prints and lines that are flattering to busty women in a maxi dress, so I thought I’d share my own recent find on this subject. Also, look for my review of the Bolero Beachwear maxi dress on Wednesday–it just arrived this afternoon and I don’t think I’ll be taking it off for the rest of the summer!

You know why the Style & Co. sleeveless striped maxi dress in front caught my eye, don’t you?

neckline boob sleeveless striped maxi

Here’s a hint.

hint neckline boob sleeveless striped maxi

Yes, it has bra-friendly straps and a nice scoop neck, but the grouping of the stripes makes this an especially big bust friendly maxi.

So you can see why the photo below also caught my eye.

waistline boob striped maxi

A better bra would help, too, but it’s the effect of the bright pink stripe above her breasts that caught my attention.

Busty women can wear any stripes they want any way they want! But if your goal is to look lifted, avoid allowing the stripes to group your boobs with your waistline.



Corporate Curves Report: Jet Lag Recovery & Midsummer

Hey, all! Darlene already posted a reason for my absence. After two weeks in the USA and a red eye flight from New York to Helsinki, I’m finally back home. I still wanted to pop by and wish everyone a great midsummer weekend and ask out of curiosity how many celebrate Midsummer and if you do, what are your traditions? We burn bonfires at night on Midsummer’s Eve, and the old tales say that if one rolls around naked on a misty field at dawn, you will then have luck in finding your spouse–there are plenty of marriage luck traditions related to Midsummer.


This year the nightless night celebration will be spent in great summer weather, too. They’re promising 80 degrees.

This great new summer dress will get a lot of wear! I was afraid that this sort of a non-fitted dress would look terrible on my frame, but I actually really like it. It also looks surprisingly smart with a navy blazer. Shoes are my super duper comfy Crocs ballerinas.

big bust great stripes

I hope the summer is treating everyone well!

Corporate Curves Report: Patterns to Avoid

In my last weeks post I decided to give anything I like a go at a high street store, even though knew some dresses would look terrible on a bustier bodytype. There you can see a pink / black color block dress which only managed to emphasize my bust and make me look smaller everywhere else…

This inspired me to make a basic list of patters I’ve learned to avoid since they do no favors for the big bosomed ladies general shape. Spring trends are offering a wide selection of patterns this year so we need to be careful what to pick from this trend.

First lets look at the black and white trend. I’m personally a big fan of graphic print and you’ve seen me rock a striped long skirt this year already which to my surprise suited my shape well!

Can just see the effect around the bust area how the stripes will widen and draw extra focus there, also doubt the stripes pointing both ways around the tummy will be forgiving.

Love this dress BUT can see the umph that a bigger than average bust will get from the stripe placement at the top when there’s umph enough naturally.

This pattern is purely designed to emphasize the bust. Need I say more :)

Of course there are lovely black and white items for us curvy women too in the spring collections, just not the ones above.  The dresses are all from ASOS.

Color blocking has been around for a while now and I’ve picked out two examples I’ve learned to steer clear from.

If the top was entirely white then this might just so so work but with the black armhole edges – this will just widen the bust and create a so called matronly look which is not the point of this design.

Hourglass silhoutte enhancing design? So you might think, I did before. The problem is how the red block widens all the way to the shoulders and with a big wide bust it creates a very top heavy look which is out of balance.

There are other patterns and designs commonly for sale at the moment which don’t work for a curvier figure but these are my prime examples. As a general rule, any design that is clearly emphasizing the bust area will usually be a bit of a disaster on a naturally busty shape. This is because many clearly bust emphasizing designs throw the design off balance for curvier ladies, especially for the ones with narrower hips. Also from a corporate point of view, being a busty woman is challenging enough so emphasizing the bust even more is a bad idea for a corporate work environment.

Corporate Curves Report: Business as Casual

Hi to all you readers and hope your week has had a great start! Mine has. This Monday has been one of the most energetic ones in a long time. I attended an inspiring and interesting training for ICT management last week and that got me into reading Kotter during the weekend. I came back to work with Evernote bursting with ideas I had written down.

This week the topic is casual – more specifically casual at overnight business training trips with evening activities. It was very easy to pack normal clothes for the three training days, but then there were the clothes for the outdoor team activities and the sauna and hot tub and lounging by the fireplace after. It’s still my work colleagues who I’m with, but I need to reveal a casual side of me which is actually a bit out of character for me. The reason is my fixation on matching clothes, including coat and shoes and other accessories. Also, I’m not a very casual person to begin with. So I chose my most casual outfit, navy pants with this top below (and the scarf too).

Lindex top and scarf.

As an outdoor activity ensemble, it being winter and rainy, I chose my riding raincoat and my wellies. I wore them with dark blue jeggings and a white turtle neck knitted jumper.

Riding raincoat and a close match to my wellies but not exactly the same.

The most casual I ever get is when riding. It hurts my eyes how the coat does not match the rest of my outfit in this picture taken last Easter in Gredos mountains, Spain. Yes, I really am fixated on outfits that match, but with outdoor wear I  sometimes have to compromise.

Tattini helmet, Hööks jacket, Pikeur riding pants and Hööks riding boots. Horses name is India @Gredos mountains, Spain.

Here are some of my very cosy summer holiday styles. Even flip-flops need to match my dresses 🙂 Luckily they are inexpensive to buy.

Left: Pepperberry dress @Rethymnon, Crete Right: H&M dress and GinaTricot cardi.


On my yearly trail riding trips I do take easy-to-wear clothes with me for sightseeing and dinners as seen here. I’ve had the knitted tunic for a few years and it’s been a great purchase and a staple as my casual wear.

YourFace knitted top, H&M leggins and Vagabond ballerinas @Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

And last but not least, my grocery shopping casual style – this is the absolute most casual I can leave the house. Ever.

Pepperberry jacket, Dressman shirt (loaned from bf), Guess bag, NewLook boots.

Everyone’s own individual dressing style determines what we see as casual and that in turn determines what we view as work wear and what we view as party wear. For example my boyfriend’s father thinks that the blue and white long jersey dress seen above with the long cardi is very festive! And at the same time it’s one of my most casual dresses I own and only wear it as such 🙂

To conclude this post, as might be evident, I do put a lot of thought into what I wear. Every morning I lie in bed and decide on my outfit in my head before I get up. I think of what’s clean, whether I know where it is, which shoes go with the outfit and whether I know where those shoes are, etc. That sentence reveals that yes, my wardrobe collection is way too big. I need to make an inventory soon and donate some clothes to charity.