How much of your time do you spend on the vavavoom end of the full bust dressing spectrum? I began to wonder this after a recent email exchange with a reader. Would you answer this quick one-question poll?
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I answered, but I’m not sure I entirely understood what you mean – do you mean wearing clothes that are deliberately revealing / cleavagey / emphasise your boobs as an asset in a sexualised way? Or emphasise you boobs in any way?
I say this because I answered 90% because I never rarey buy and item of clothing that doesn’t emphasise my boobs. I only really buy very fitted clothes with a lot of underbust definition and almost always a V or wrap neck. So I’m always emphasising my boobs. But at work I wear those clothes because they are flattering, slimming and make me look proportional and I don’t show much cleavage. But on a date with my husband I would up the cleavage and emphasise my boobs in a sexual way.
I tried not to define “vavavoom” because I wanted you to answer the way you read it, but your interpretation is really giving me pause. I ASSUMED vavavoom mean date-night and possibly less proportional because of the extra emphasis on the boobs. However, now I’m realizing for many of us who choose to dress in a flattering, slimming and proportional, vavavoom is a natural result. Hmmm.
Yes, it is just a natural result. I feel like it’s either vavavoom or look like I’m wearing a sack (and have lower self-esteem). Especially because I have a small waist so my curves are very pronounced. So I go with vavavoom and try to adapt it as much to the context as possible. I suspect that some of my colleagues think I dress a little too provocatively (I might just be over sensitive) but I DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE TO PUT MY BOOBS. And I feel better when I look better. So yes, vavavoom is a natural result.
I don’t consider myself busty (32E, which technically should be 30F? c’mon, it’s not that big, especially taking into account that it’s more width than depth), so I opted for less then 5%.
I defined “vavavoom” as showing cleavage. I avoid showing cleavage unless it is for date night or formal wear. As a 34G, I am always going to have noticeable boobs…
Personally, I define it as cleavage plus something more . . . maybe really deep cleavage or body hugging fabric. I feel like the Mala dress is almost vavavoom on me, but with a wide belt on Erica of A Sophisticated Pear, it definitely is (her pose helps, too!). (https://www.facebook.com/brasandbodyimage/posts/123463481178680)
I took it as intentionally putting the breasts out there – intentionally showing cleavage or side boob.
Since I’m rather high set (I think so, at least) I have a difficult time avoiding flashing everyone. I need a deep scoop or v for aesthetics – but when I go there…it’s just way too much. I’m no prude, but oh my goodness…no.
To appear something other than a rectangle, or a square in some clothes…I must dress to “hug” my curves. I wish turtlenecks or crew necks worked on me because I’d be happier in them. I just do NOT like showing cleavage. I hate to have my boobs talked to.
That said, in “the old days” when I was smaller breasted I’d wear more revealing tops. I had much less to reveal, the tops covered more. I was fine with it.
Maybe I’m just old? 🙂
Your comment made me smile so much. I hope it’s not an age thing, but sometimes I worry. Especially w/ my 22-year-old niece’s comfort level w/ pretty deep cleavage. I have a lot more to write about that sometime (soon, I hope!).
I do wear fitted clothing most of the time (I’m slowly replacing my entire wardrobe with BiuBiu and Urkye, I think) but well-fitted clothing combined with well-fitted non-plunge bras means that my breasts are not the focal point most of the time.
It’s really rare for me to grab a plunge bra and a low-cut top/dress and go out with the intention of having people look at my breasts.
And that’s what I took the poll to mean – dressing with the deliberate intention of having people look at your breasts and notice their size.
Hmm, with everyone else’s interpretation I’m thinking I should drastically revise my answer from 90% to more like 20%. I’d say that I emphasise by cleavage in a vavavoom way probably half the time I’m not at work (maybe a bit more than half). I do like to show off my cleavage in the right context. I don’t know if it’s age related (I’m in my early 30s, I think I’ve had a pretty similar attitude to cleavage since I was about 16)
Clare, I’m not sure you should revise your answer. And I’m super pleased that you brought this up. It’s been really helpful to hear everyone’s perspective.
I chose 90% of the time. I like to wear bras that pull my boobs in and up and I like to wear tops that emphasise my boobs. I didn’t really consider vavavoom as lots of cleavage however, because my faith means that I’d only consider deep cleavage as something I’d wear in front of myself or my husband, not on a date night or anything. So perhaps as far as other people are concerned my dressing habits are very covered up, but as far as I’m concerned, I dress right on the edge of racy a lot of the time xD
I chose 5% or less and would have chosen “never” given the option. I might wear some clothes that are low cut, or form-fitting, or colouful, but I never wear clothing with the intent of emphasizing my breasts.