Heavy or large bust? Do you want to camouflage it or flaunt it?
The very feminine attribute of breasts cause oh so many worries - too big or too small?
One woman's assets are another woman's problem.
Often, the biggest problem is to dress attractively without appearing to be overtly sexy.
So whether you want to enhance or camouflage your generous top half, a few styling tips can work wonders.
Your first step has to be a good supportive bra which is essential for comfort and muscle support. This is important for all woman but especially for a large bust.
Getting a bra fitted professionally will provide the perfect foundation because your breasts will be lifted, separated and give you an instantly more youthful figure.
Minimizer bras have long been offered to large busted women as the only option.
Many women do find them comfortable of course but for many others they compress the breasts, squashing and distorting the whole shape.
It's more generally accepted that if you need a large cup size, a bra with good construction and fit will lift and separate the breasts. Consequently the breasts look smaller and your body looks slimmer.
A clear distinction between the bustline and the waist creates an overall better shape - allowing you to look younger and slimmer with the additional benefit of better posture.
Wider shoulder straps on your bra will allow for more comfort and give more support.
Stick to wider shoulder straps on your outfit too as shoe string straps will make the bust look larger pro rata.
A heavy bust can go hand in hand with sloping shoulders which make the breasts look even larger. In this case, add emphasis to the shoulder line so garments hang from the shoulders rather like a coat hanger and not hang from the bust.
V-necklines are flattering as they pull the eye towards the center of the body and then down.
Aim to keep the eye moving - vertical detail, diagonal stripes, a soft line of ruffles all break up a solid line and minimize the top heavy figure.
Long dresses give a larger expanse of material and take away the emphasis at the top of the body.
The top on the right is from a large range at Soft Surroundings who make sizes from XS to XL.
Be aware of sleeve lengths, a short sleeve that finishes on the same line as your bosom will create a horizontal line and emphasize the area.
A 3/4 length sleeve takes the eye away from the bust line and, in this style, the eye is drawn to the centre V shape.
Use shoulder pads to widen the shoulders and balance out the size of the breast. Even a small pad will visibly reduce the size of the breasts.
In fact, in many cases it makes it possible to actually be able to wear something as simple as a t-shirt which can be all revealing. Just make sure that you have a generous enough fit without it being baggy.
A natural looking non-slip foam shoulder pad (right) fits in any garment and gives that desired sculpted look.
You can stitch in a better quality pad for permanence in a soft jacket.