How to Minimize a Full Bustline

A blog reader reached out last week asking how to minimize her ample bustline – which she colorfully described as “2 buffalo’s in a bag”.  Here are a few thoughts on gracefully wardrobing those DD’s …

1. You’ll be amazed how much adding shoulder shapers will lift focus away from boobs and up to shoulders/face.  Fuller-busted women are often wary of adding volume anywhere on the upper body, but lifting the outer edge of the shoulder line removes any diagonal drag lines in the garment.
You’ll find shoulder shapers in 2 sizes on our website.    Get the thicker ones, and add the thinner ones only if you want the option to layer them together for an even stronger impact.  The 1/4″ alone won’t do nearly enough to balance double-D’s.
2. Statement earrings also help shift the focus upward toward the face.
3. You don’t want to be overly fitted, but not oversized and sloppy either.  This probably means starting from a pattern (or ready-made garment) that accommodates your bustline and taking in shoulders and lower body.  A pain in the neck, but it will make a huge difference.  Otherwise the garment will pull across the bust and call even more attention. NOTE: If you are a sewing enthusiast, Palmer/Pletsch patterns for McCalls/Butterick and Pamela’s Patterns have a full bust adjustment built right in.
4. A longer necklace or long, narrow scarf can be a surprisingly effective way to visually bisect the upper body and provide some minimizing.
5. A lightweight over-layer top worn unbuttoned over a tee or tank (which  I realize you might never wear solo) shifts the focus to a center front vertical that slides the viewer’s eye right past bustline and up to the fact.  Shoulder shapers belong in that combo too.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

1 Comment

  1. Emilie Johnson on February 21, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for these tips! It is hard to minimize something like a large bust without just hiding under baggy clothes. I want to look professional and polished, and these tips are perfect for that.

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