Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Outfit Snapshots: Tops

I'm by no means a fashion expert, a fashionista, or any of those things. My background in clothing growing up was mostly comprised of hand-me-downs and thrift store clothes. But, I figured I'd do a brief post on a few of the things that work for me in regards to clothing (tops, specifically). Keep in mind that a) I don't have a lot to spend on clothes b) I was never very "good" at fashion and c) It's very hard for me to find anything that works for me in department stores. But still, I manage to cobble together outfits somehow. If I can do it, surely anyone can!

The below tops make use of combinations of the things that I usually fall back on: waist definition, use of layering, and v-necks. These things all tend to work well for those with larger busts.

(Some stats:  I'm pushing 5'4 (too tall for petite clothing and sometimes too short for regular clothing :P), weigh 126lb and am wearing a 28GG Cleo Poppy bra in these photos.)

Kimono/Waist-tie type shirts
These tend to work really well for me, provided that the band/waist tie sits under my bustline. The stretchy material and the waist tie really work well to prevent any bagging extra material. The v-neck is flattering, but they are pretty low cut, so I need to wear a cami to prevent bra showage/mega cleavage.




And another one

These are "nice" shirts, not really every-day shirts for me.

Belts
Belts can be the saving grace for too-large tops. They add waist definition, and I also feel like they can draw more attention towards the waist than the bust.

I had to get this shirt in an XL so it would button over my bust, but this made the shirt much longer than it would normally be (and too loose everywhere except for the bust). The solution? A belt!

Layers 
This one is obviously a more casual and comfy look, but it's one that hides/demphasizes the bust somewhat, which I want sometimes. The top buttons won't button, but leaving them open gives the v-neck/layered look that works well for larger busts. I sometimes wear this shirt with a belt.

(the elephant in the background says hi)



And finally, why I try to move away from T-shirts:

T-shirts are tricky. Sometimes I still like to wear them, but they have to be a)stretchy and fairly form-fitting and b) long enough. Again, v-necks tend to look the best, but they usually necessitate an undershirt.

If I try to wear a "regular" t-shirt that's not very stretchy or form-fitting, this is what I get:


 The tent-effect: too short, drafty, and makes me look larger and heavier than I am. Not a good look for me.

 A t-shirt that's stretchy/form fitting and long enough looks like this:

Better than the first, but sometimes more bust-attention-drawing than I want to be (and people often can't tell what words across my bust say because they get a bit distorted. It says White and Nerdy. In case you were curious.) The neck is also a little high, which isn't the greatest look.

What about you? Do you find the need to "modify" clothes so they'll work for you (with belts, scarves, not buttoning all the way, etc)? Do you have a hard time finding anything that fits right in stores? Can you wear t-shirts?

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  1. You look fabulous in the red Kimona style top! I spend a lot of time in belted dresses because it emphasizes my waist (and I don't have to think about matching tops and bottoms - lazy!) xx

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    1. aw, thanks! I'm trying to move more into tunic and dress-type outfits paired with belts, as I really do like the waist-definition belts give and how easy making an outfit is! I also think that tunics/dresses can make me look taller (maybe?), ha...

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  2. I love what you've done with the belt and layering. And the contrast btw the 2 tees shows exactly the issue . . . not all tees are created equal.

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    1. Thanks - and it's very true! And the same shirt can look very different on two different body types.

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  3. I used to have a really great Kimona shirt also that a wore until it was pretty much falling off of me.

    Right now I'm basically living in baggy T-shirts and my 3 AJ Rumina shirts. I have a BiuBiu order on the way but that's about it. Sad, isn't it? I have a lot of clothes that I want that have to wait. :(

    Belts and I have a love/hate relationship. Because I don't have a nipped in waist they actually make me look bigger around the waist from the front, although from the side view they do help. I have altered some of my shirts and that's helped a bit too but I only do it on dress shirts.

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    1. I like those shirts a lot, but I have to stop myself from just buying more of them - I tend to just stick with a bunch of the same thing if know something works! I believe I got those two I have at Kohls.

      I'm really wanting to make a BiuBiu order, I'm just waiting til I can budget for it (and maybe email to make sure I'm getting the right size - I think I'd be a 36BB). I hope you post about your order!!

      Belts sometimes work and sometimes don't for me, probably mostly depending on what I try them with. I have to play around with them a bit, but they're definitely something I want to make use of more. You make a good point that they may not work as well for everyone.

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  4. I find that square necklines are really, really flattering on me (and I'm built like you, just a little bit smaller in all dimensions). They show off the collar bones and, if they're fitted, scream "tiny waist!" without also screaming "giant round bosoms!"

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    1. Lol, good point! I've heard that square necklines can be flattering too, they've just been hard for me to find!

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  5. The Kimono Tops are so great on you!
    A friend keeps wearing those non-fitting t-shirts and she would look great in fitting tops. But she already "gave up" on nice clothing (and fitted bras...) :(

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    1. Aw :( I definitely used to be like that. I found that first I had to get a well-fitting bra, *then* I was able to move on to better/nicer clothes. Nice clothes just never looked good on me with the bad, non-supportive bras I was wearing, so I never saw the point until I realized that things looked a lot better with a good bra!

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  6. I love the kimono tops, and the black-button down with the belt. I quite like the extra length in it, too. Definitely know where you're coming from on the t-shirts. Measuring 44/30, I have to size up ridiculously for most tops, which results in awful bagging around the waist, combined with a too-high neck...really not flattering. I've taken to cutting the neck out to turn t-shirts into either scoop/boat necks or off-the-shoulder tops, and (when I can be bothered) adding darts. It's quite frustrating how many people dismiss my difficulty finding clothes with "why don't you just wear t-shirts". Facepalm.

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    1. I wish I was more adept at altering clothing, because I would definitely try to change things a little to make them work! Since so many t-shirts don't work well for me, it kind of forces me to try some different things, which I guess has been a good thing. :B

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  7. I have the same issues with Ts. I prefer a form fitted T, but the length has to be right. If not I end up flashing belly skin, not so cute. I really like the belt look on you! I'm shorter (5'1.5") with a short waist. Belts chop me in half and shorten my torso creating a shorter look. I like the kimono look on you, so that makes me wonder if a wrap style shirt would work for me. Thanks for sharing some pictures! I have definitely found it helpful!

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    1. Yes, it's surprisingly rare to find a t-shirt that's not only fitted the right way, but also long enough! The bottom t-shirt is one of the only ones I have like that. I have several other t-shirts that I like, but they're all a smidgen too short. :[

      I think the kimono shirts can work really well for busty girls since they tie in the back and aren't flowy like empire-waist tops are. They're a bit different than wrap-style shirts, which I've had mixed luck with.

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