What Kinds of Shirts Minimize a Large Bust?

A well-fitting shirt helps minimize your ample breasts.

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Well-endowed women may be genetically blessed, but they also can be plagued by ill-fitting shirts that pucker and styles do anything but flatter. Downplay the focus on your lovely ladies and draw attention to your fabulous style with some chest-minimizing bust-haves – pun intended.


Proper fit is important for gals bestowed with larger busts. Tailored tops that nip at the waist are flattering as they draw attention away from your chest and highlight a small waist. If the top is a button-down, make sure there’s a button that sits at your bust to avoid fabric gaping. Avoid tops that are boxy or baggy such as tunic styles. The extra fabric will gather at your chest and emphasize your bust. Shirts with kimono or dolman sleeves also tend to draw attention to your bust, as the sleeves usually fall directly in line with your ladies. Stick with sleeve styles that fall above or below this point. Knits are ideal as the stretchy fabric gives way to your shape.


A variety of necklines are ideal for ladies with larger busts. V-necks, scoop necks, sweetheart and square necklines highlight a delicate collarbone and downplay décolletage. Just be sure your top is not too deeply cut as this will draw attention to your chest. Also avoid tops with high necklines such as crewnecks and turtlenecks. Since there’s no break in the fabric from your neckline to your bust, they emphasize a large chest.

Colors & Layers

Dark, solid colors are a big-busted beauty’s best option. They visually elongate your torso, thus minimizing your bust. If you have a penchant for prints or patterns, stick to ditsy (small) ones as large designs will draw attention to your chest. Another trick to downplay an ample bosom is to layer with various weights and textures. Start with a sheer blouse with a wide collar. Layer a light v-neck knit or cardigan over the blouse. Rather than visually burdening your bust, the layering effect will downplay it.


It’s all in the details when it comes to enhancing or downplaying certain assets. To further minimize a large bust, look for shirts that draw attention to their own details and away from your chest. Try embellishments or epaulettes on shoulders, puff sleeves or wide collars.

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