Four formalwear issues facing busty women (and how to overcome them)

10 September 2015
Four formalwear issues facing busty women (and how to overcome them)

Those of us endowed with larger chests may receive envious glances from some, but all busty women will have at some point experienced the pain of attempting to put together a flattering outfit for work or a more formal social occasion. A large chest can present any number of issues for the average woman’s wardrobe, and if you’re blessed with a robust bust then you’ll no doubt have encountered some of the below formalwear issues. How can they be overcome? Can made-to-measure tailoring help?

Gaping blouses

Off-the-peg clothing is rarely designed with the bustier woman in mind. As a result, shop-bought button-up shirts and blouses will seldom complement your figure and are instead more likely to betray you at a moment’s notice. Shirts cut for a more up-and-down figure aren’t going to suit a woman of different proportions, and you may find that the buttons gape to ruin the line of the garment – or worse – present your colleagues with a distracting view! Of course, it’s possible to buy a shirt that fits you around the bust and cinch it in at the waist with a belt, but wouldn’t you be better off with a garment that fits you everywhere? Made-to-measure tailoring can help.

Baggy clothing

When it comes to shopping on the high street, busty women are often presented with two choices: buy items that fit them everywhere except the bust and run the risk of gaping, or buy shirts and blouses that fit around the bust but are baggy everywhere else. The latter can be just as embarrassing with the former, with the lines of baggy clothing ruining your figure and making you seem bigger than your natural size. Do you cinch in the waist with a belt, wear a fitted jacket open over a baggy shirt or just leave it and hope for the best? All of these approaches are poor compromises at best, but our made-to-measure blouses will fit you properly, everywhere that matters.

Excessive layering

When one has a large bust, it isn’t so easy to hide – your chest is right out in front of you, after all. Many women, however, attempt to do just that – layering up in large, baggy jumpers and cardigans in an attempt to smother their chests in layers of clothing. As well as being uncomfortable and unflattering this is also unnecessary – it’s possible to soften your lines with layers without merely covering up. A fitted blouse and jacket combination will do wonders for your shape, as will the addition of a shawl or scarf. Well-fitting clothes will be your best formalwear friends in future, so have your blouses, shirts and jackets made-to-measure! 

Cleavage

‘Classy’ and ‘cleavage’ are rarely words that sit well together in these fashion-conscious times, but does that mean that you should be denied the chance to wear V-necks and unbuttoned shirts for good? Of course not. V-necks can actually work to make your chest appear smaller, provided that you wear a camisole underneath. Naturally, V-necks and unbuttoned shirts are rarely suitable for the boardroom or a formal dinner in any case, but a nice made-to-measure blouse worn over a camisole can easily make the transition from formal to smart / casual should your meeting turn into a working lunch.

Bustier women will inevitably confront these four issues at some stage in their lives, but that isn’t to say that they can’t be overcome. Here at Hemingway Tailors we provide bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring services for men and women of all shapes and sizes, so if you’re looking for a blouse, shirt or jacket to flatter your figure in future, don’t hesitate to contact us and find out more about how we can help with one of our ladies tailored suits.

Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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