Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Small Bust

May 10th, 2005

Flaunt the curves you have, while suggesting the appearance of more volume.

Look for…
  • Push-up bras.
  • Drapey fabrics.
  • Fitted tops.
  • Styles with horizontal lines.
  • Styles with embellishments at the bustline.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Fitted styles.
  • Straight, tailored cuts.
  • Wide lapels and collars.
  • Flattering details on top, such as breast pockets, seaming, and/or draping.
  • Lower necklines.
  • High armholes.
  • Biker jackets.
  • Bomber jackets.
  • Boxy jackets.
  • Tops
  • Fitted styles.
  • Styles with breast pockets.
  • Empire-waist styles.
  • Halter tops.
  • Keyhole tops.
  • Narrow V-necks.
  • Wide lapels and collars.
  • Flared, short sleeves.
  • Tabbed sleeves.
  • Dresses
  • Empire waist styles.
  • Wrap dresses.
  • Coat dresses.
  • A-line styles.
  • Semifitted sheath dresses.
  • Chemise dresses.
  • Shirtdresses.
  • Low V-necklines.
  • Fullness at bust through embellishment.
  • Swimsuits
  • Soft styles.
  • String bikinis.
  • Bra-top styles.
  • Slight padding.
  • Bright colors at the bustline.
  • Embellishment for volume at the bustline.
  • Lower necklines.
Run from…
  • Stiff fabrics.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Dropped-sleeve styles.
  • Loose fitting styles.
  • Tops
  • Loose fitting tops.
  • Overly structured tops that you can’t fill out.
  • Raglan, kimono, or dolman sleeves.
  • Voluminous tops.
  • Dresses
  • Voluminous shapes.
  • Dresses that you can’t fill out.
  • Swimsuits
  • Overly structured suits.
  • Excessive padding in the bust area.

Entry Filed under: Features, Figure Flattery Guide, Figure Flattery Guide, Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Terry Marie  |  February 1st, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    You are great111 I have been searching the web for three days to find the advice that you have put in a very direct and easy way for women like myself. You need to get out there more on the webb. The only way I found you was going trough tons of bra web sites for small busted women. I am now excited. I want to dress well for my other half and myself just so I can feel good and just a little bit sassy. Again, You are GREAT. THANK-YOU for putting this on the webb. Terry M.

  • 2. Trisha  |  February 1st, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    So glad we could help, Terry. Do come visit us again!

  • 3. Denise Burgess  |  June 16th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome! I hope this works. Just one question…actually, two questions: 1. what are tabbed sleeves? and 2. what about cinched bandeau swimsuit tops? I heard those are supposed to be great for small busts….

  • 4. Trisha  |  June 16th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Tabbed sleeves feature “tabs” on the sleeve so that you can roll up the sleeve. I realize that written explanation doesn’t really help, so here’s a picture: http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=303980&PartnerID=FROOGLE&BannerID=PD430.

    As for cinched bandeau swimsuit tops, you’re right. They are great for small busts, since the shirring creates visual volume.

    Hope that helps, Denise!

    -Trisha

  • 5. Robin  |  July 6th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    You’re right on the money for this post. It’s taken me 20 years to learn this stuff! Thanks.

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