Am I the only one who feels this way, or do other D+ women hate how using camis for cleavage control spoils a neckline?  The examples below aren’t the worse that I’ve seen.  They’re simply all I could find on my foray into the city this afternoon.

I’ll grant that a white cami can add lightness to an otherwise dreary color combination, and it can also help a woman whose balance points are higher than where the neckline falls. But much of the time they are simply obvious cleavage-hiding tools without any stylistic redemption. Keep reading to find cleavage solutions that score style points, too.

Ideally, we could all wear a neckline as the designer intended–and as Margaret Shrum is wearing it below.  Currently a 36D, Margaret gets away with the depth of this neckline for two reasons:  (1) her cleavage is more subtle than it would be if she wore a higher cup size; and (2) she left the corporate dress code behind when she embarked on her career as a personal lingerie shopper.

I’m almost at the point where I would rather show cleavage than wear something as obviously pinned as the dress of this speaker at a workshop I attended last week.  (On the other hand, it was an amazing workshop, and this wardrobe gaffe helped humanize her a little bit.)

If a cami is absolutely necessary–and it usually is–here are my preferences.

I thought this cami was part of Marketa’s dress until I took a closer look. I love how the cami turns this into a scoop neckline.
Even very small-chested women sometimes need a cami. This woman’s almost nude cami follows the line of her dress, allowing the dress to get all the attention.
This woman is wearing a brightly-colored and COLLARED shirt under her dress. I love the way the colors of the dress and shirt complement each other and how intentional the shirt is–it’s not only there to conceal cleavage but also to carry its weight as part of the complete outfit.