What to Wear – Petite and Busty

The other day I received an email pleading with me to help with dressing the petite and busty figure. This body shape can easily look disproportionate and unbalanced as the scale of the bust is large, but the scale of the overall body is small and petite.

Petite and Busty
  1. Too much fabric will overwhelm you, keep garments slim and body skimming
  2. Minimise the size of your bust with lower necklines and larger scale necklaces to draw the eye upwards
  3. Upsize your necklaces by wearing pieces made from multiple smaller pieces rather than larger pieces which will wear you
  4. Keep your mid-section free of detail.  Your large bust will make your waist look shorter than it is.  End tops around your hip bone.
  5. Keep your tops more boring – unless it’s a busy dense small scale pattern.
  6. Look for vertical detailing to elongate your frame.
  7. Jackets are great at hiding your bust and the opening will create slimming verticals on your body

Comments

  1. Hi, Imogen. I have a daughter who is petite and busty. She also has an hourglass figure, Would all of these suggestions also apply to her? Interesting subject.

  2. I am a large busted v shape, about 5’6″, and those suggestions seem to fit with pretty much everything I have found that looks best on me. I am a redhead with fair skin and I find that that also affects the busyness of patterns and the need for cleaner lines. Maybe it is because the freckles already create their own pattern and adding more pattern to it can look a little messy?

    • Terri – That’s great! As far as patterns go, it’s to do with both your skin and your personality. Freckles do work well with small dense patterns (such as leopard print). Look for a lower contrast rather than a high contrast too so that the colours aren’t too much for you!

  3. I’m 5’2″ and wear a 32J. I have an hourglass figure but am extremely short-waisted. Your comment about avoiding detail at the waist is spot on. Although I have a relatively small waist (which most other tutorials would suggest belting), wearing a belt makes me look like I’m nothing but “Boobs and belt”, as I’ve heard someone call it. . Like Terri, I’m a freckled redhead and I’ve found that I patterns work best on me it they’re predominantly vertical. Thanks for this; I’ll be looking to recreate that blue ensemble!

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