Small Chest, Mighty Fashion

Being small-chested is often considered to be a flaw, but I beg to differ. I’m quite petite (in all areas – I wear a 32A or 32AA, depending on the bra style) and although sometimes the top shelf mocks me with its unattainable treasures, I otherwise, couldn’t be happier with my size. I’ll admit there are pros and cons for every situation, but handling the cons with poise makes the ease of embracing the pros that much sweeter.

To start on a positive note, let’s list those pros of being small-chested:

  • you can work out more comfortably without bouncing around too much
  • bras are often cheaper, more comfortable, and easier to find
  • you can wear many more open, low-cut tops than bigger-chested girls (often with the help of those magical push-up bras)
  • you can go bra-less if you want (use caution, though)
  • you won’t have boob-inducing back problems
  • and without the added weight, you’ll stay perkier longer. Score!

I’m sure you could come up with a few more yourself. The cons are pretty obvious: you don’t have the “asset” of a bigger chest. But how much of an asset is it really? Sure, a big chest warrants the attention of many a young man, but then, it’s harder for him to see anything else, like your amazingly witty, charming personality.

Despite my optimism towards my size, even I need a bit of encouragement every once in a while, especially in dealing with fashion. Being so small warrants some sacrifice in styles because not everything fits well enough to wear. So, as fashion idols I look mostly to Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson – two ladies with small chests but huge fashion impact. They both can look great in about anything; they know when to equip the push-up bra and when to be subtle. Most of their outfits consist of shirts and dresses that compliment their delicate figures and play towards their strengths.

My closet consists of little bits and pieces of fashionable clothes from all of those that make Keira and Kate look so good, as well as a bunch of casual items. I have many form-fitting shirts, tank tops, and loose shirts with big necks – I try to accentuate my shoulders and neckline (which are quite well-formed if I do say so myself).

My dresses have either open shoulders or an open neckline – I’m always pushing the eye towards my best attributes. In a tighter dress, my bust can be accentuated with a push-up bra (I don’t want to look skinny and flat), while in a looser dress, sometimes I play down the bust so as not to disrupt the loose flow.

With a loose fitting shirt or dress, the bust is often hidden away anyway, so accentuating it with a push-up bra will probably be a waste of time, unless the neckline is open and low-cut.

I can never pull off a loose shirt with a high neckline – I look like a little girly dude. If you can, though, good for you! In the name of all small-chested girls out there, I applaud you. I think the key to pulling it off is being super feminine.

With any loose-fitting garment, it’s usually better to just focus on highlighting the waist with a belt or ribbon – anything to cinch the fabric, which breaks the body into two parts, drawing attention equally to the upper and lower half and imitating the hour-glass figure. This same two-part image is also accomplished with the empire waist, which cinches the shirt or dress just below the bust line. However, the empire style definitely helps to accentuate the bust, but hides the curve of the waist; this is especially useful for figures that lack much of a curve, or are more apple-shaped.

If the empire-waist is not particularly flattering for you, another option is sleeveless dresses, or those that have some sort of patterned design (ruffles, flowers, bows) along the bust line, which gives the illusion of bigger assets. Sweetheart tops and dresses can do the same thing.

I also like to wear one-shoulder dresses or shirts. The asymmetrical top draws attention to the shoulder and neck. Also, due to the height of the dress’s neckline, you don’t have to worry about cleavage, or lack thereof.

A real positive aspect of a smaller chest is the ability to adjust your size depending on your outfit. The magic of a push-up bra has no bounds. If you have a low-cut halter top or any kind of v-neck, a push-up bra can really give you that extra oomph.

I also learned from a friend that adding a bit of bronzer in your cleavage can create an illusion of depth.

Being small-chested is more of an advantage than a disadvantage because of your versatility when it comes to shirt and dress styles. Yes, there are some things you can’t really wear (like loose, unbelted tops), but you don’t have to worry too much about being caught in the unfortunate pop-out situation, and t-shirts are never too tight along the bust.

The key to looking and feeling your best is to highlight your assets. Personally, I like to emphasize my neckline and shoulders, as well as my slim waist. Find your best attributes (everyone has some) and always focus on drawing attention to those.

And luckily, with a small bust you’ll have more clothing options to choose from, so you can more easily find that perfect dress or blouse or shirt that gives you unfailing boost of confidence.

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Written By: Mary B.

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