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Clothing tips to enhance a small bustline

This post is not meant for everyone with small breasts; Only for those who wish to have a more endowed look. And not every one do.

In my opinion, most clothes look good on people with a small bustline; they have less back pain, can jump at will, face no problems with gaping buttons, going braless or dealing with people’s stares. If you dress reasonably well, you are called elegant and you look graceful and classy, almost always.

But still, if you really want a fuller look or at least some more curves up there, here are some tips on what to choose.

Correct Bra

You are aiming at owning clothes that will accentuate the bust you have. So choose the best bra which will maximize your bustline, without it looking fake. The bra should fit right with firm supportive cups. It can have soft thin padding which will give shape to the cups and create rounded curves. Ensure that the shaped cups are not very loose or too stiff that they look artificial. 

For small breasts that sag (maybe due to rapid weight loss) Push up bras can be a lifesaver. It can give that lift up that makes the breasts look good. You can also choose bras with underwire – this will give the right support. Correcting your posture, building stronger back muscles with exercises are all beneficial. 

Related posts : 45 different types of bras ; How to buy a bra.


You can wear anything and this is true but when you wear clothes that emphasize your waist (the narrowest part of your body) your busts get emphasized and look fuller. 

Empire style bodices are good  – as it has a tightening just under the breast emphasizing the breasts.

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You can bring this style to other tops by wearing a wide belt just under the breasts.

Sleeveless styles are good to emphasize the upper body curves, especially those with a high neckline.

Princess seams create curved contours along the body. Offshoulder styles with princess seams can create an impression of fuller curves. Choose an offshoulder bodice with a soft ruffley layer (lace) to add volume up there.

Another style that works is a fitted buttoned jacket. It should have shaping at the waist.

A top with a yoke with gathers falling over the bustline can also create fullness where there is none or little. 

Button down styles also work. A fitted button down shirt can look really good on a person with a flat chest. It should not be baggy.

The cropped top is another style that makes the bustline wider in appearance.

Whatever style you choose, it should be fitting and you have to wear the right bra.



Select tops with a high neckline like a turtle neck, polo necks, and a halter neck.  A bateau neckline is another enhancing neckline option.

Wear round necklines that sit well above the chest.

A halter neckline never fails to help create an illusion of fuller upper curves.

Rounded necklines are preferred over V necklines, because angularity of a V neck can create a slimming effect; but if you want to wear a V neckline choose one that sits well above your bust. 

Bodices with very low necklines – deep plunging necklines, wide scoop necklines, can make the upper body look hollow rather than well endowed. If you are wearing a revealing neckline, and you want to take the attention away from your bustline, wear a nice short necklace with a pendant with it. 

If you want a plunging neckline opt for a deep V neckline that ends at the middle of the bust. 

Embellishments & Prints

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Choose tops with pritns, ruffles, frills, flounces and other embellishments along the front, preferably along the bust line. This can enhance the look of your bustline.

Do not go overboard with prints. Medium prints are the best. 


Remember, light colors can make things look bigger. Shiny fabrics like velvet also works to enhance. Sheer fabrics (almost see-through) fabrics can also make the bustline look bigger. 

For bodices, drapey, stretchy fabric like thin knits, chiffon is better than stiff fabrics. A one-shoulder top in a drapey fabric can look very good. The supple fabric will hug all the curves and make them look fuller.

But even with these fabrics, there is a caveat – figure-hugging styles with thin fabrics can make the other parts of the body look bigger when compared to the breasts. So choose drapey styles with thin stretchy fabrics.


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You can also ignore all the advice here and follow the styles of not-so-well-endowed in the chest department but absolutely stunning celebrities like Kirsten Bell, Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson. You can see some of their photographs in this Pinterest Board.

All these tips are actually opposite of what you would do if you want to know – How to reduce the look of a big bustline

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AUTHOR : Hi, I am Sarina. I am passionate about clothes, sewing, fabrics, fashion and surface design techniques in no particular order and absolutely love writing about all of these including what I learn, what I experience, and what I have bought to do all these. You are more than welcome to stay here and learn with me.

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  1. Hi,
    I love this website. You have great tutorials! The topics are things that are really useful and easy to understand. I haven’t had a chance to use a lot of them yet, but it’s like having an encyclopedia that I can refer to.
    —This topic – Clothing tips to enhance a small bustline – is well done, but I have the opposite problem. I have been top heavy for a long time, even when I was at my goal weight. I am “between diets” right now and I could use tips on taking attention away from a large bust line (I don’t want to do surgery). I also have a large tummy (apple figure) and I am not tall – 5’4″.
    —Have you done any topics for my problem? I know that vertical strips generally do work. I avoid horizontal or diagonal stripes. I know black doesn’t always work if the silhouette is wrong. Tight clothing is bad, but I don’t want to look like I am wearing a tent. I can use any help you can give me!
    Thanks for your help!

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