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Dressing a small chest may present some challenges at times — bras that never fit quite right and straps that seem to always fall down, to name a few — but being a member of the IBTC also has its perks. For instance, you don’t even think twice about going braless. And you can experiment with pretty much any kind of silhouette and shape without worrying about too many nip slips. In fact, having too many options at your disposal might be the root problem: How are you supposed to narrow it down, anyway?
One place to start with is texture. Look for pieces that feature ruffles, bows, or some type of voluminous element around the chest area. You can also opt for sleeveless styles — like a high-neck halter top or one-shoulder blouse — that highlight your arms. Take a cue from Jennifer Lopez, who recently styled a lightweight pussy-bow blouse with a ruffled collar. Other stylish items for small chested folks to consider: a strapless top with a feather-trimmed neckline or a cropped camisole with rhinestone fringe embellishing the hem.
Wearing graphic prints and interesting construction details is another styling tip for those with small chests. The printed Marine Serre catsuit seen on Madonna‘s daughter, Lourdes Leon, during Paris Fashion Week illustrates the visual power of a bold pattern. Similarly, refer to the off-the-shoulder bodysuit Meghan Markle wore at the Invictus Games in April, which calls attention with its draped neckline accentuated by a textured knot.
For more small chest fashion inspiration, incorporate these styling tricks the next time you’re getting ready and deciding what to wear.
How to dress up your small chest
Slip into a silky bralette, high-neck top, or any intricately designed shirt that places the focus on the garment itself. The “dress over shirt” route is a simple fix to get the most out of your clothes—a spaghetti strap dress layered over a short-sleeved turtleneck dress is a ’90s-inspired look that never fails.
How to highlight your small chest
If camouflaging your bust area with frills or loud prints isn’t quite your style, then go braless! All you need is some boob tape and nipple covers if you don’t feel comfortable exposing your nipples.
Small-chested friends, keep scrolling to learn more about dressing for your boob shape and get a kick start on shopping with our expertly curated picks from all your favorite brands.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak