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Personal Shopper: Shirts for Elanah's Boobalicious Friend

Elanah writes: "Hi Outblush Staff! I'm so excited that I finally have a "PS" request, as I love the ones that I see posted on the blog. I've been a fan of fashion and shopping, and therefore your blog, for quite a long time, and it's with hope and optimism that I'm writing to you tonight. My best friend is in desperate need of shopping advice. She is 5'5", average size (around 6) but very large boobs (34DD) and isn't the best shopper when it comes to finding clothes that flatter her figure, especially tops. She used to go for the bubble hem look, but those types of tops tend to hang on her. It's very hard to find tops, even dresses or bathing suits, that will support and flatter her big girls, especially because she's self-conscious about being too showy or clothing being too tight. I think she'd be willing to spend max $30 per top, and she's looking mostly for tops to go out after work or on the weekends. Please help me to help her! Thank you!"

Hey Elanah, I'm Found of You! First of all, your friend should go get a professional bra fitting if she hasn't already. Nothing will look good if she doesn't have a properly fitting bra underneath. Many department stores offer fittings for free. It will change her life. I thought I was a 36B my whole life. I had a bra fitting about a year ago, and it turns out I'm a 34C. Crazy! Now, tell your friend to throw away those bubble hem shirts! Any shirt that just hangs straight down from her boobs will not be flattering, as it will just make her look big all over. To flatter her shape, she needs to make sure she emphasizes the fact that she has big boobs, not big everything, so her figure looks balanced. A few ways to do this are to wear tops in darker colors that show some cleavage and stay with the body (#7, #8), are fitted in the bust area (#2), define her waist (#3, #9), and/or have long sleeves that flair just past the elbow (#6). She shouldn't wear any of the cropped styles that are in right now unless she layers a long tank underneath. Tops that are too short will just make her look squatty. Wrap styles (#1, #2, #5) are good, too. Button up shirts (#4) can work if she buttons them to just under her bust. She can wear a tank top underneath if that's too revealing for her. Just make sure the shirt fits correctly and the buttons aren't straining. Any other tips from our busty Outblush readers would be very welcome! Leave your two cents in the comments :)

1 - Ann Taylor Ring Detail Wrap Top ($15, on sale)
2 - Delia*s Flutter Sleeve Crochet Top ($15)
3 - Bebe Cold Shoulder Top ($25)
4 - Quiksilver Sunset Chambray Shirt ($31)
5 - ASOS Wrap Top ($35, also in black)
6 - Paisley Caftan Tunic ($25)
7 - Metal Mulisha Chain Gang Tee ($24)
8 - Burton Pollinate V-Neck Tee ($20)
9 - Alternative Apparel Nova Tank ($24, in two colors)

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Posted on 08.04.11 at 7:45 PM

With 40DDs, I've had really good luck with wrap dresses. (I know, not a shirt, but they're so easy, who needs pants?) They accentuate the waist but are forgiving and flattering in the chest. I've seen some Diane von Furstenberg's on eBay.


Posted on 08.05.11 at 6:56 AM

Thank you so much for this post! I couldn't agree more on the bra fitting. I thought I was a 38D for the longest time and I went a fitting and found out I was a 34FF. Although I'm an average size everywhere else finding clothes that fit me on top have have been the bane of my adult life.

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