Q. I am a fashion consultant and have a client who is large in the bust area. She is size 38 DD, but says her bras just don’t fit well. Her dilemma is she wears great suits but the wrong blouses and sweaters underneath. I want to help her accentuate her bosom, not hide it. She is a corporate secretary and has to dress business conservative. She wears too much black. What can I suggest as far as blouses are concerned to give her a polished look without buttons bulging in her blouses?
-Fighting Button Bulge
A. The first order of business is to find your client good fitting bras. A good bra can lift her breasts, minimize her bust and make her clothes look and fit better. Many department stores like Bloomingdales have bra fit specialists who can help your client find the RIGHT bra.
With a large bust, she should choose v-neck sweaters and avoid turtlenecks and crewnecks. She may also have to buy one size up in a blouse so she can button without the pulling effect and then head to a tailor to have any extra fabric taken in. Better to know your local tailor and spend a few extra bucks to look good than wonder about your appearance and the impression you’re giving at the office with ill-fitting clothes. And if she thinks black makes her appear smaller or more slender, then let her know that even red and navy blue can too when it’s worn head to toe. A solid colored suit that’s not black paired with a subtle patterned blouse or knit top can make others turn and take notice in a positive way.