If you have a large bust then you’re probably shaking your head in despair at the thought of a bigger bust. But if like me you have small boobs then you might be nodding enthusiastically?
I recently got fitted for a new bra and found that I’d gone down a chest size but up a cup size. As someone who spent years lamenting my pancake chest I was grinning like a Cheshire cat!
Over the past 18 months I’ve added box fit and weight training classes into my workout routine. One of the positive effects this is apparently having is to reduce my back fat.
But as I’ve mentioned before in my recent blog how many of us wish we were taller, the grass always seems greener!
A survey carried out by the Daily Mirror in 2015 found that 30% of women don’t like their boobs. Interestingly 20% of those surveyed wanted smaller boobs and 20% longed for a bigger bust!
While surgery may be an option, for most of us it’s about embracing our bodies. By following and applying a few styling tips we can make the most of our lovely busts.
Regardless of whether you have a bigger bust or smaller boobs all of us should get fitted for the right bra.
I’ve got small boobs – why do I need a bra?
I spent years not bothering with a bra – after all I had nothing to put in them! As I recovered from anorexia and gained some weight, I saw my shape change.
I still wasn’t convinced I needed a bra. A chat with a lingerie expert made me realize I was wrong.
It’s obvious when you have a bigger bust that you need the support but why do you need one when you have small boobs?
- Gravity – sorry but regardless of your small boobs, time marches on! As we get older the ligaments that hold up your breasts will start to sag.
- Posture – you carry more weight at the front. Even with small boobs! The result is that your shoulders will start to slump forward.
- Confidence – the right bra will enhance your small boobs. It will give you shape and definition. A bra can offer a real confidence boost.
Styling Tips For Small Boobs
So if you have smaller boobs what are the best styling tips I can give you to help you embrace and enhance your assets?
This will depend on your shape scale and proportion but if you have small boobs you are more likely to be:
- An athletic body shape -slender shape with no real curves. Or
- A pear shaped body smaller on top with larger hips
My tips will indicate any differences for your body shape.
You want to add width to your top half; so wide lapels are perfect for this. Double-breasted jackets are another great way to make the eye believe your top half is broader
In terms of jacket shape, choose something structured that defines or creates a waist. You can also use shoulder pads to add shape and definition to your top half.
Printed fabrics are another great way to make enhance your small boobs.
In terms of jacket length, this will depend on your body shape:
Pear Shaped Body – you want to avoid jackets that end on the widest part of your hips, as this will simply create a horizontal line and make you look broader. Your best shape will be something that ends just below your hips
Athletic Body Shape – you want a jacket that will create the illusion of curves, so look for a jacket that ends on top of your hips.
You may be self-conscious about your top half but you have a great opportunity to wear tops that show off your small boobs.
Add detail with cowl necks or high necks. The trend for ruffle blouses is one that really works for you. Pussy bow blouses are another option.
You can also add jewellery to draw the eye upwards. Another great trend that works for you this season are the choker necklaces.
You can also wear slash necks or crew necks. Scarves can also add another dimension of interest and add volume to your top half.
A shirt with a traditional collar unbuttoned at the top will also draw the eye upward. Gathers and details that create shape are a great way to add definition and shape.
Halter necks are another option if you have an athletic body shape. The narrowing effect of a halter will not work for a pear shaped body.
If you have small boobs and are a pear shaped body you may struggle to find dresses that fit properly.
One option is to choose a vintage 1950s style. But be careful that the skirt is not too full or the fabric too stiff. As this will simply have the effect of making your hips look wider. You want fabrics that will skim your hips.
If you are an athletic body shape then shirt-dresses are a good choice for you and accentuate your waist with a belt. Shirt-dresses will often have a breast pocket. This is great if you have small boobs, as this will add volume.
You may also want to consider backless dresses. Backless dresses cannot be worn with a bra, but many styles offer shaping around the bust line and a level of support.
Articles that I’ve read recently suggest that women with small boobs should go for a plunging neckline. You may suffer from unwanted remarks and be too self-conscious to carry this off.
The following are a few quick tips you might find useful
- Handbag – if you like to wear your handbag on your shoulder, ensure the strap length means the bag finishes in line with your bust. This will add volume to your top half.
- Trousers – this is for tall athletic body shape – wear flares to help add width and balance to your overall body shape
- Stripes – Wider stripes will make you look broader. Just be careful if you are a pear shaped body that the stripes end before your hips.
- Keep colours on your bottom half darker and plainer. This is important as well if you don’t want to draw attention to your hips.
- Layers on your top half will help to create volume. Bolero jackets and shrugs work well if you have a pear shaped body.
Embrace your body and learn to love your small boobs. Remember you are beautiful. That’s really the best possible advice I can give you! If you have small boobs and would like to share your tips in the comments below that would be perfect!