Fashion writer Mimi Spencer declares the hot accessory of the season to be a dynamite cleavage.
I snorted when I read the opener to her feature, as I have a better chance of teasing a cleavage of the derrière than the décolletage. And my quest for party frocks is often hampered by the fact that many styles cry out for eye-popping plumpies.
Reading on, I discovered that the point of the feature was to give heart to women like me that don’t naturally have breasts that can snuggle up together. It suggested that even the little-busted among us can create a tantalising frontage if we scoop ourselves into a well-designed bra that lifts, plumps, cossets and coddles our assets.
If only it were that easy. My experience has been that the most canny bra designs are often only available in B-cup and up. Making the richly endowed even richer.
That said, I have come across some great bra designs that, while they can’t deliver the impossible, do work wonders boosting my AA-cup bustline — even creating a mini-cleavage. And there are others that give a degree of uplift, as well as being so pretty that they deserve to play peek-a-boo in a party dress.
Here’s the pick of the bunch for anyone searching for a brilliant small cup bra to complement their party attire:
- Atlantis by Panache Christy Strapless Bra, £22/$36.30, Figleaves: designed with moulded, lightly padded underwired cups for comfortable support, this strapless plunge bra has a sophisticated linear mesh overlay.
- Wacoal Petite Lace Contour Underwire Bra, $40, Lula Lu: lightly lined, underwired cups provide support and lift, but this bra is also quite stunning with beautiful embroidered lace on the cups and band.
- Two sizes bigger push-up bra, £22, Marks and Spencer: flattering and comfortable, this push-up bra is designed for maximum impact. Clever padding gives the appearance of a cleavage two cup sizes larger.
- After Eden double gel strapless gel bra, £24, Max Cleavage: this is a fantastic lightweight bra with smooth moulded cups and double the gel for a noticeably enhanced cleavage.
- Panache Atlantis Yasmin padded bra, £24, Perfectly Petite: this sumptuous padded bra in silky midnight blue satin is trimmed with magenta ribbon — and it’s too gorgeous to keep under wraps.