Good Leotards for Big Busts

Don't stop dancing because of a healthy chest. Just buy a better leotard.

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Dancers come in all shapes and sizes. Some even come with a little extra oomph up top. In a world of dainty leotards with skinny spaghetti straps, looking like a graceful swan becomes a problem for more endowed gals. Fear not! There's hope for ladies with generous tatas, and it comes in many styles and colors. Yes, you really can look just as nice as the flatter dancers, and keep your girls under control in the process.

Leotard Styles

The name of the game with bigger breasts is control. To minimize bounce and movement, take a look at the fabric content of the leotard. A little bit of Lycra is just the thing to keep everything in place and supported, plus it won't stretch out of shape like pure nylon or cotton can. Blends are fine, as long as they contain that supportive bit of Lycra or Spandex to cushion and corral your chest.

Leotard Straps

Sorry, but a strappy leotard is pretty much out of the question, unless you're wearing a sports bra underneath for extra support. Gravitate toward halter tops and tank cuts if you want to keep your arms free, or stick to sleeved cuts. Even if the leotard offers a shelf bra, the fine straps are still apt to stretch and allow too much movement at the wrong time. You wouldn't want to flash the class, would you?


A higher neckline is also a necessary attribute. Sport information site iSport writes, "Avoid leotards with dipping necklines or thin camisole straps; these not only bring attention to your chest, but may pose a hazard when it comes to cambrés." Boatneck, mock turtleneck, racerback and shallow V-neck cuts work well, accentuate your loveliness and keep the girls in control. If you absolutely must go for something low and daring, remember to add a sheer liner underneath as insurance.

Structural Additions

Luckily, some manufacturers now sell leotards with built-in underwire support, while others have designs with added panels to minimize breast movement. There are also leotards that include a lined chest area or shelf bra. You might have to pay more for these added features, but you'll save yourself possible discomfort and embarrassment by spending the extra cash. Get what works for you, and dance the night away!

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