(Closed) I don't know if I can wear a muumuu to work…but I want to

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1774 posts
Buzzing bee

Pic isn’t working for me!


A good bra is PARAMOUNT. Belted things generally look good on people with a large chest too. They make me have a waist, anyhow!

Post # 5
1774 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrs_pugetsound:  Edit: I’ll wait for a picture later.


My VS bras, in general, were not very supportive. My sensible wacoal bra makes my boobs look pretty normal/good, although I’m still on a quest for a perfect 32DDD bra. 

Lifting ladies makes a nice waist.


Anything with waist ties (sundresses) or midsection belts work best by far. honestly You ned to just try a HECK of a lot of stuff on, because some things that should work….just don’t. And I can’t wear empire waist. Blegh.


Post # 7
46372 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrs_pugetsound:  First step, go to a proper lingerie shop and get fitted correctly for a bra. It will make a huge difference.


Tone It Down

The first key to flattering your body type is toning down colors and patterns where you don’t want people looking. Any break in line or color — whether it’s a bright belt, teeny-weeny shorts or a shirt that’s a different color than your pants — naturally draws attention to that area. So if you want all eyes on your newly-slimmed waistline, by all means, strap that hot pink belt around your middle. But if you want to downplay a feature, don’t emphasize it by drawing the eye to it.

Large Chest

Trim down the look of a large chest by wearing high or V-cut necklines. Avoid shirts with wide necklines because they’ll only broaden your upper section. You can get away with larger prints, too, because they’ll be in proportion to your curvier chest. Dark colors and details will also help distract from roundness. Balance out your heavier top side with flared pants or a flared skirt.

Short Torso

To elongate a short torso, avoid short shirts, which draw attention to your small midsection. Instead, opt for long, tapered shirts to give the illusion of a longer torso. Dress in similar tones from head to toe to elongate your entire body. Try a dress with a small, non-contrasting pattern or a low waistline to stretch out your midsection.

A skinny belt can make a short torso look longer

Swoop, There It Is Belt
– $24.99

If you’re short-waisted and feel like every belt you try makes you look as if your chin and knees are rubbing up against each other, try a skinnier style. The slimmer the belt, the more it will elongate your torso.

A hip-slung belt will also make a short torso look longer

Oval Metal Chain Belt – $15.74

Alternately, if you want to elongate your torso from the top down, placing a focal point at your hips does the trick. A loose chain or leather hip-slung belt draws the eye downward, elongating a short torso.

top tips to dressing a short waist


To start with, think about dressing using a column of colour.  But if you don’t want to do that try these 7 top tips:

Having a proportionally short waist (small distance between rib cage and top of pelvis/hip bone can make you look boxy and squat, so how to make it appear longer, and give the illusion of having a waist?

1. Low to mid rise jeans and trousers

2. Empire waist tops and dresses

3. Avoid belting at the waist, instead you can belt at the hip if you want to belt and don’t contrast belts

4. Avoid gathered (dirndl) waist skirts and dresses

6. Don’t tuck tops

7. End tops around your hip bone or a little longer

8. Look for tops, cardigans and jackets that don’t have any detail or pockets around the waist area to avoid drawing attention to your lack of wais

Post # 8
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mrs_pugetsound:  It sounds like you need a few classic, well structured pieces to build your wardrobe. Maybe pieces like pencil skirts, cropped blazers, dress slacks in a silhouette that flatters you, and a few killer pairs of jeans (think dark denim trousers for casual Fridays). With the right basics you can mix in a few trendy items and look pulled together. Great undergarments make all clothes look better so get fitted again for new bras and underwear, maybe a few pieces of shapewear. Then accessorize and you’ll be on your way!

Post # 9
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrs_pugetsound:  I can’t see the picture either. If you get your bras from VS, try on a few “sister sizes” (32Dirty Delete ~ 34D ~ 36C) and sizes near what you think you wear (34Dirty Delete, 30DD, 32D, 32DDD). They’re sales people aren’t so good at measuring and often size me at a 34B (and once at at 36A!) when I’m a 32C. If you know your size their stuff works well, but if you wear the wrong size it isn’t very flattering. Sometimes trying on the same bra in a few different sizes can help you figure out which size is best for you because the right bra shouldn’t give you backfat, make you spill out or be gaping.

Post # 10
1774 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh, you have a totally cute bod. The problem with that dress is it isn’t hitting your natural waist, making you look wider throughout. I know it’s hard because boobs take up a lot of space, but through trial and error you can better estimate.


I also look better with dresses with some body to the skirt so I’m not so heavy looking on top, and rather more hourglass.


Button down shirts make really nice lines too. You may have to find camisoles and undershirts to go under though. I have a tough time trying to find ones that fit properly. Make sure they taper to your waist.

Post # 13
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

VS is not so great for those of us with large chests. Some good advice here already. Thanks!

Post # 15
1774 posts
Buzzing bee

Nordstrom’s usually has a pretty decent lingerie dept if you are near one (which I am not. Boo) If you have any specialty shops those work too. We have a european one here that I’ve heard is terrifying to go into, but has good bras.


Also, good structure and long lines are good things when you have a large bust. Grown-up pieces are the best! Calvin Klein has some dresses I LOVE, and they are usually pretty decent on me.


Things like this: (I buy mine at Ross!)


Furthermore, v-necks are usually nice on large chests. High necklines will accentuate boobs in a weird way. Scoops are nice on my usually as well.


ETA: If you spill out of your bra, it’s the wrong size/fit. The other factor is that the bra can be the right size, but not the right cut. My breasts are places fairly close together, so when the cups are spaced too wiely, it just oesn’t work.

Post # 16
46372 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrs_pugetsound:  I’m sorry but I can’t recommend a lingerie store ecause I don’t know where you live and I likely don’t know the shopping in that area anyhow.

As a pp has said, Nordstrom’s is good, or try a private smaller lingerie store. Most towns have them. They should have an experienced, trained fitter.

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