Create the illusion of a bigger bust with a block of light colour on top. Sailor dress, £38, Miss Selfridge
SBBH is always happy to receive readers’ questions. If I can’t answer them, I’ll find an expert that can.
This time my guest guru is Martine Alexander, personal stylist, fashion magazine stylist — and expert in all things sartorial. The question comes from a fan on the SBBH Facebook Page:
“I really like tops and dresses that emphasise the bust area with an Empire line below the bust, or a different colour or pattern on the bust.
“However, as a woman with a 34AA cup size, is it better to wear something that does not focus on the bust and highlight what is not there?
“Or, does a different colour or pattern on the bust actually make it look larger?”
It’s a good question. Thanks to Martine for this thoughtful response:
A different pattern on the bust area does indeed trick the eye into thinking you have a bigger bust. Horizontal patterns, breast pockets and ruffles are also effective ways to give your bust a fuller appearance.
Sometimes block colour can have the opposite effect and make the bust look smaller. My advice is to avoid having the darkest colour on the bust — remember darker colours are slimming. Instead, opt for lighter colours nearer the face and bust (like the dress from Miss Selfridge, pictured).
For more information about Martine’s personal styling services, including her Wardrobe Detox, visit her website.