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The basic button shirt may be a must-have wardrobe classic, but curvy girls often find that the buttons gape, leaving much less to the imagination than you would like. Desperate measures, such as sewing up the button flap, safety-pinning the placket or using double-stick tape, often don't work. Fuller figures need shirts that fit and flatter, whether you're a very curvy size 6 or a voluptuous 16.
Designed for Curves
If you're busty, you may want to invest in fitted shirts designed by cup size for the best fit. This can be especially helpful if your bust needs a larger size than your shoulders or waist. Real Simple magazine recommends shirts by Rebecca and Drew. These shirts, available in a variety of colors and styles, are designed to fit your bra size and body shape. In the U.K., The Sunday Times suggests designs by Bravado, made especially for hourglass figures.
Full and Fabulous
Plus-size selections are improving across the board, so you'll find more well-tailored button shirts available in department stores if your curves are proportional all over. Choose medium-weight cottons with a nice drape and some stretch for the best fit. Marie Claire's Ashley Falcon likes cotton poplin shirts from Lauren by Ralph Lauren, available in sizes up to 3x.
If you'd like to splurge, you can opt for custom tailored shirts to accommodate your figure. Such a shirt will fit your body flawlessly. A tailored shirt will fit your full bust, but can also solve other fit issues. Skip these investment pieces, though, if your weight or size yo-yos.
A good alteration shop can be the curvy girl's best friend. If you do need to buy a button shirt that fits your breasts, but not the rest of you, have the shoulders and waist taken in to fit. If you're extra-curvy below the waist, side seams can be opened up to make room for your hips and keep your blouse from bulging.