Here’s some news: not all small-busted women are slips of things. They may all have small bra sizes, but they can be skinny, fat, tall, short, pear-shaped or broad shouldered. When it comes to advising on how to dress, there’s no off-the-peg solution. That’s why I’m taking a closer look at the body shapes of all sorts of little breasted women and asking an expert friend, personal and celebrity stylist Martine Alexander, to share some know-how. Here are her golden rules for dressing to flatter your small-busted body, whatever its shape:
|Body type||Body shape||Martine's style tips|
|Banana||Small-busted & skinny, straight up & down, no defined waist or hips.||Looks that capitalise on the 'draping' trend, where fabrics skim over the body, are a good bet. Dresses that drop from the neck and gather by the hips, will play up the strengths of your boyish body shape. For a casual approach, 'boyfriend' style jackets and jeans will also suit.|
|Pear||Small-busted & pear-shaped.||If you're bottom heavy, use your clothes to effect a balancing act, creating an illusion of having equal width shoulders and hips. Broaden the shoulders with 80’s style shoulder pads, embellished details and batwing sleeves. Military style jackets with detail on the shoulders, or jackets with wide lapels, are other instant body equalisers.|
|Strawberry||Small-busted with big shoulders & narrow hips||Exploit your clothes to give the impression of having wider hips, balancing out your body shape to create the perfect ‘hourglass’ shape. Skirts that have fullness or pleating around the hips, like 'tulip' and 'balloon' styles, are your saviour. Detailing like hip pockets will also help. 'Peg' trousers are great for you. They make your hips look rounder and the tapered leg shape is bang up-to-date.
|Apple||Small-busted with big build & weight around the tummy area.||The main idea is to train the gaze away from the tummy area. Empire line dresses and tops do the trick. They are fitted under the bust and then flare out to skim the hips and tummy, showing curves, but not drawing attention to anything you want to hide. The perfect jacket for you is the 'boyfriend' jacket. Steer clear of anything too fitted as it will be tricky to find something that fits you around the shoulders and bust without creating tension around the stomach area. If you have great legs, get them out – leggings, skinny jeans and opaque tights are vital slimming ingredients. But make sure your tops finish below your tummy if you’re wearing slim fitting trousers.