What to Wear to Enhance a Small Bust
Learn how to dress to enhance the appearance of a small bust.
Everyone tells me I'm lucky to be blessed with such small breasts. Little do they realize, it's not that easy to figure out how to dress to maximize curves. I wear a 32AA bra, and I've had to learn from experience what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for clothes. Now I'd like to share my fashion tips with other small-busted women like me. If your bra cup size is AA or A, these bust-enhancement tricks will be especially helpful. You don't need a boob job to look gorgeous -- you just need to know what to wear!
Look for dresses and tops that feature gathering, pleats, twists, knots, and/or ruching at the bodice. A style that works well on small-busted women can provide a visual boost as effective as a good push-up bra.
The dress shown here has a gathered bust with a twist in the middle. This kind of detailing gives the illusion of curves through texture and volume. Notice how the gathered folds in the fabric create the appearance of a fuller, rounder bustline.
Draping at the neckline of a top, sweater or dress can be a very flattering style for small-busted figures. Just make sure the bodice is fitted and that the neckline doesn't dip too low, otherwise you could end up showing too much when you lean forward!
I love simple, elegant drape neck styles. This casual top (above right) and satin evening dress (left) are both classic prototypes you can keep in mind when shopping for clothes to enhance a small bust.
As you can see, this dress is quite low-cut. However, it doesn't overwhelm the model's small figure; that's because the dress isn't too wide for her shoulders, and it's cut to fit close to the body through the bust and waist.
Flattering Dresses - For small-busted women and teens.
These dresses are excellent choices for women with AA, A and B cup breasts. They run small in the bust and feature flattering cuts that help to balance out your figure.
See what this dress does for the model? Flutter sleeves and a shallow scoop neckline help draw the eye up and out, making her look fuller on top. The color blocking defines her waist for a more hourglass appearance.
From flat to feminine: How to transform your bust
...just add ruffles!
Wear tops and dresses with ruffled necklines. A little ruffle can do wonders for a flat chest. My favorite way to wear bust-enhancing ruffles is on a scoop neck cotton eyelet blouse.
Try a pretty, feminine blouse like this one in white or cream -- light colors also help enhance a small bust, and you'll be able to wear a piece like this all year round. Just throw on a cropped jacket or cozy cardigan over it when the weather gets chilly.
Must-Have Look of the Month - Celebrate summer with a classic peasant blouse.
This white cotton top with embroidery detail is pretty, simple, and easy to wear. The peasant cut works best on small-busted women because it tends to add volume.
If you are petite above the hips, wear shirts and blouses in petite or junior sizes. Look for tops and dresses that are fitted through the shoulders, waist and hips.
Note that both of the drape neck fashions shown above are fitted everywhere except at the neckline. Clothes that are cut too loose or boxy will swallow up your petite figure and hide what little curves you do have. For outerwear, petite figures look best in cropped jackets and belted coats that come in at the waist.
Fashions for the Flat and Fabulous - Gorgeous clothes to fit, flatter and enhance small breasts.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Snag That Style
Shop for clothes to enhance your small bust.
See something here you like? Here's where you can get the fashions featured in the gallery above. Go ahead, give that sexy little bust of yours a gift... because small breasts are beautiful.
Repeat after me: I love my itty bitty rack, and I'm gonna dress it right.
- Free People sparkle sequin dress:
- Linea O pink retro print tube dress:
- Akiko flutter sleeve top with tie detail and gold bead accent at center bust:
- National Jean Company
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