I had the great pleasure of having 2 fab interns (Sydney and Branden) work with me this summer. Each has a different area of focus and interest yet both brought a lot to the table and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with them both.

Since I am not a big corporation with a formal internship program we kind of made some things up as we went along. We brainstormed many, many ideas and each of them took what spoke to them and ran with it. 
Sydney is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in writing with a focus on fashion. Sydney has written for local publications as well as her high school newspaper and is working on getting involved with the newspaper on Washington University’s campus.
Sydney wrote this lovely article focusing on a challenge that many women face…


How To Fit and Flatter a Large Bust- Sydney Davis

Much of today’s trendy clothing is designed without big busts or bra straps in mind, which can make it difficult for a woman with a full chest to both look good in clothing and stay up with what is in style. Yet, with a little help, everyone can look fashionable while still flattering their own unique shape.

Although a full bust is often viewed as a gift from Mother Nature, it can be difficult to find clothing that not only fits, but also flatters a large chest. It is crucial to have coverage without completely suffocating your chest.  Although there are many elements that determine whether or not a piece will work on a woman with large breasts, I have found that the neckline is extremely important.

Necklines That Work:

1. Sweetheart– the sweetheart neckline shows a bit of cleavage while still providing support and coverage. Many pieces with the sweetheart neckline have wiring or boning to help support the bust. With a strapless piece, this neckline is extremely flattering.

2. One-shouldered– a one-shouldered piece is fun and trendy while still fully covering a large bust. Of course, one would have to wear a strapless bra, which may be difficult for some. Yet with a good-quality bra with a strong underwire, it can definitely be done.

3. Jewel– this neckline is higher up and looks great with a statement necklace. Although with a jewel neckline and a large chest, the piece must be more fitted. If one were to wear a jewel neckline with a looser piece, a draping effect would occur, which would not flatter the chest.

Necklines That Don’t Work

Any necklines that cut directly across the bust line can hit the chest in an awkward place, causing either discomfort or a large amount of unwanted cleavage. The other neckline that is particularly unfit for women with a large bust is a piece with a plunging neckline, specifically one that has a very high waistline and triangle-like sections which hold in the bust. Obviously, it is very difficult to draw strong lines between what works and what does not, but hopefully, these words and images can help you to draw your own line between what flatters you and what does not.

Dressing well with a large bust can be extremely difficult, but hopefully these guidelines help you to select a wardrobe that flatters your curves.


Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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