Good Clothing for Small Breasted Women

Mary Kate Olsen shows off one advantage of having a small chest at the 2011 CFDA Awards in New York City.

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There are advantages to all body types. Every figure has a chance to shine to its full potential when clothed to flatter. Small breasts are no exception. Put away that padded bra and don't be fooled into thinking that a large chest is where it's at. Your modest mammaries give you a lot of very feminine and attractive dressing options.


Women with large chests have to take umbrage with strapless tops and dresses. Why? Because strapless bras offer little support above the C-cup size range. They lift and push breasts together, giving big girls over-the-top cleavage that makes them look heavier than they are. Clothing with built-in bras aren't made for women with large chests, either. But women with small breasts can use adhesive bra cups and sometimes no bra at all, to great effect with strapless gear. So, put on your favorite strapless number and be relieved that this subtly sexy style is owned by women just like you.


Delicate fabrics such as lace and silk are always in style, whatever the season. But those sweet little spaghetti straps offer similar problems for large chests that strapless looks do. If your chest is on the small side you can rock delicate criss-cross straps, and blackless numbers, too, with confidence. Take advantage of the most delicate and feminine looks, like a silk camisole, to play up your gorgeousness.

Cowl Neck

The cowl neckline is one that women with small chests should embrace. This look offers a flattering drape that actually adds volume to your chest, making it look fuller than it is. The more structured the drape, the better. Go for dresses in stretch cotton that define your waist and skim your hips. You'll be creating an hourglass you didn't know you had.

Casual V-Neck

It's hard for women with large chests to rock a V-neck during office and casual hours. Their hard-to-hide cleavage can create an instant "inappropriate" look they have little control over. The woman with a smaller chest has the option of wearing a lower cut V (which is more feminine) without sacrificing her chicness and class. Wear your V-necks proudly and add a necklace with a long chain that falls in between your breasts and draws the eye downward, lengthening the look of your entire body.

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