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Let’s Find This Reader Spring Dresses for a Larger Bust!

dresses for larger busts

This week, we got an email from a reader named Maddie: “I’m having trouble finding fun spring dresses that accommodate larger busts…”

She writes: “I’m a size 8/10 but have larger boobs for my frame (32DDD), and it’s tough to find the bright, flattering dress of my dreams (which falls somewhere along the matrix of Reformation / Gwyneth traipsing around the Italian Riviera in The Talented Mr. Ripley). I’m always *so nervous* about support. Now that spring is here both physically and spiritually (pandemic be gone!), I am on a mission to make my dream dress happen! What styles are you seeing that may translate for a larger bust?”

Yes, Maddie! We are happy to help! We turned to the wonderful Katie Sturino — body acceptance advocate, founder of Megababe, and author of the upcoming book Body Talk — for her shopping advice.

First, Katie recommends finding a dress with a little stretch, so the top can fit comfortably. She also prefers lower necklines, like a V-neck or scoop neck. “Of course, wear a full coverage dress with big boobs if you want to! But I always like showing a bit of skin,” she says. That said, make sure your cleavage line doesn’t get too long. “If the V neck is really deep and you have a foot of cleavage, you can be in a place where you’re not getting great support.” Katie’s final tip? “You can always buy two sizes up and get the body part tailored,” she says. “That’s the best way to get something to fit you perfectly.”

Here are a few dresses that might fit the bill…

Thoughts? What would you add?

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  1. Katie says...

    Hi! Could you please tell me where the first two dresses are from? The links aren’t working. Thanks!

  2. Dona Emile Savitsky says...

    Great post! I am 5’4′ and 32H sized bra with an athletic and hourglass shape. First get properly sized at a speciality shop for large bust/small bands or just large bust (virtual also at Bravissimo). If your bra sucks you won’t look good in clothes. Bravissimo has great bras and SOME cute clothes but I find that they lack “style” and some are a little cheesy or cheaply made. But it’s a good start and their sizing is unique. It is your dress size and then boob size.
    Alice Fawke makes pretty busty dresses and tops. It is a little pricier but worth it. St. Bustier is also a good sight for higher end dresses for large busts. If you start to read blogs for large bust women you can find more options for us!

  3. Susan says...

    Lela Silk on Etsy. They have beautiful designs that they will custom make to your measurements for an extra $20 or so. Very reasonable prices, but slight wait so they can ship from Thailand. Cotton, linen, and silk mostly. Rave reviews on Etsy. I would have ordered one by now, but I can’t decide which one because I like so many!

    • Jane says...

      They are gorgeous! I ordered an open back summer dress. So pretty.
      They ship from Vietnam, btw
      Thanks again for the rec!

  4. Agnes says...

    I fall in this camp too and now buy dresses pretty much exclusively from eshakti.com! Get someone to help measure you really carefully and then you can have pretty much whatever your heart desires custom to your measurements for really surprisingly reasonable prices. I love them especially for shirtdresses but have even gotten evening dresses and it feels so amazing to have something that really fits!

  5. Heidi E. Nelson says...

    Would be nice to see dresses modeled on women with larger cup sizes.,like H but notwith hips that large. It is a conundrum especially shopping online. Also need to know if fabric has stretch.

  6. Kate says...

    Thank you for this post! It’s so difficult to find flattering dresses when you have a large bust! I usually try to stay away from fast fashion, but I have a baby and toddler and dry clean only dresses are just not gonna happen in this season of life. Old navy has a surprisingly great selection of dresses recently!

    I particularly love this one. The smocked back makes it fit nicely. Its spaghetti strap, but I personally don’t mind letting my bra straps show (I just wear them with my “cuter” bras with thinner straps that cost a gazillion dollars).

    https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=551785062&cid=15292&pcid=15292&vid=1&cpos=24&cexp=2223&kcid=CategoryIDs%3D15292&cvar=16846&ctype=Listing&cpid=res21041005329933092617398#pdp-page-content

    (For reference — I’m a size 4, 130 lbs, 32e, 5’4” and Old Navy size small fits me well.)

  7. Danielle says...

    LOVE that maxi dress!

  8. Ann says...

    I echo farm rio! I have gotten so many compliments when I wear them. I am 5’ 7” with a small waist but large cup size. Very flattering designs. Cheers!

    • Liv says...

      Was coming here to recommend Farm Rio too!

      Pink City Prints are also both flattering, forgiving and wonderfully soft (with a lot of good sales too)

  9. Lily says...

    I totally relate to this post. There are so few dresses designed with thin straps and built in support for larger breasts. When I look back at movies from the 50s, there are so many busty ladies wearing low cut dresses and thin straps… the bra support must have been built in! Anyway, I recommend the Vermont based company Salaam, because they have so many dresses with stretchy tops and also styles with thick straps you can wear a bra under: https://www.salaamclothing.com/shop-online/dresses?product_list_limit=30

  10. HD says...

    Oh my gosh IT ME.

    I am a newly(ish) post-partum mama, somewhere between a 4-8 because sizes are weird, and have huge nursing boobs. Normally in the DDD camp anyway, but wowza. Thank you so much for the help!! This is calming the anxiety I have about shopping for spring dresses to wear to weddings et al this year.

  11. Leah says...

    I have the opposite problem! Used to be 34DD, but after a mastectomy in the fall I chose to reconstruct smaller boobs. I expected it to be easier, but I’m lost on how to dress my new body.

  12. Jen says...

    Learn to sew. An FBA (full bust adjustment) is easy.

  13. Lauren Arends says...

    Large busted lady here. I’m 36G and size 10-12, so a bit bigger than Maddie, but some of these dresses look like they would not work for me at all off the rack. The buttons would gap, I’d need a safety pin to hold the wrap together, you’d be able to see my bra, etc.

    I do have a Boden dress similar to the palm one that I love and that fits very well. I have a Universal Standard t-shirt dress that is absolutely a delight to wear. And, I know this is very basic of me, but I adore the LulaRoe Amelia dress!

  14. Danielle says...

    I actually think Old Navy has been killing it with their dress selection lately. There’s a wide size range, the quality has improved so much over the years, they are affordable and most styles will accommodate a bra.
    Same with Target- the A New Day line has lots of nice touches like small hidden snaps between buttons to help with gaping.

  15. Jessica says...

    The Talented Mr Ripley reference is very telling – both of the iconic outfits were shirts and skirts! Maddie’s fave bra can fit under BOTH of the shirts that Gwynnie wears through most of that movie – a tied white short-sleeve button down (which I bet she already owns!) and a little puff-sleeve top, modern versions of which can be found perhaps here:
    Top: https://www.apieceapart.com/shop/los-altos-top-2
    Skirt: https://www.apieceapart.com/shop/nueva-wabi-sabi-skirt-1?vid=Z2lkOi8vc2hvcGlmeS9Qcm9kdWN0VmFyaWFudC8zMTQ1Njk1NDYxMzc5NQ==
    Top: https://shopdoen.com/collections/tops/products/ariste-top-magnolia
    Skirt:
    skirt: https://us.toa.st/collections/womens-skirts/products/check-poplin-button-skirt-fawn-brown
    That said, for a similar vibe in a dress:
    Pink: https://us.toa.st/collections/womens-dresses/products/washed-check-cotton-dress-raspberry
    Puff sleeve: https://www.eloquii.com/open-back-puff-sleeve-dress/1237711.html?dwvar_1237711_colorCode=16
    Chill west coast vibes: https://ozmaofcalifornia.com/products/june-tier-dress-cotton-silk-rosehip
    Just to think of a few…

  16. Shira says...

    I’m also large chested (36D, even after a breast reduction!), and I’ve had the same summer dress problem. I have so many specifications. Can’t be spaghetti strap, because it’ll show off my massive bra straps. Nothing empire, because my boobs always fall below the line, and it can’t have a line for the waist, because my boobs hang quite low (less of an issue since the surgery). The “looking pregnant” thing also complicated things for us large-chested women. I swear, I’m looking for a unicorn dress!

    • Catie Serio says...

      just came to say Im still a 32DDD after a breast reduction…eye roll.

  17. LP says...

    Joy the Baker had a really cute dress she linked on her most recent Let it Be Sunday post from Farm Rio that might fit the bill. Their website has a lot of looks that are fun, floral and appear that they’d work for larger chests

  18. M says...

    Boden dresses are very big boob-friendly. The reviews are also very informative in this respect. My most successful purchases have had some stretch in the fabric.

    • Aimee says...

      Another vote for Boden dresses! I wear their size 10 and my bust is 34 H/I. Their reviews frequently note what designs are larger in the bust (at which point I buy two!). Their shirt dresses often have an additional set of concealed buttons to eliminate gaping. Lastly, they have sales all the time, so it’s easy to find a 20% off code.

    • Claire says...

      I agree. Boden does have good dresses, and in general seem to have better shape, cut to fit the curves. Even the t-shirts have shape built in to them. Sign up for emails to get discounts.

  19. juli says...

    I tried to reply to the people looking for 2 piece bathing suits but it didn’t work. Check out Wild Isles Swim. The high neck zoe top is the best top i have ever had (36FF) and it is modest for being active. I have even worn it hiking for hours. Full support without wires. wildislesswim.com

    • Caro says...

      Yes, I second Wild Isles! The people who run it are awesome, too :)

  20. Claire says...

    a somewhat related question: what undergarments do people wear with summer dresses? ultra sheer fabrics are so pretty, but I like some modesty, and wish for a slip in a light, comfortable fabric (ie: not spandex, polyester, or rayon). This is on my mind because I just found a super cute sundress with pockets but it has spaghetti straps, and I won’t be comfortable going braless and so held off purchasing due to that uncertainty. Just wondering what others do?

    • Catherine says...

      I don’t typically wear spaghetti straps, but you could wear a bra or bralette with beautiful straps to just show off. I feel like there’s so much flexibility with bras, especially when they are pretty. Another option is to wear a tank top that has thicker straps underneath the dress.

  21. Gen says...

    I’ve been waiting for this post!! I’m also a size 8/10/12 and a 36DD, depending on the bust size. I’ve loved Madewell dresses since the bust was generous, but not so much the last couple of years. Currently, I’ve been loving Faithful dresses because many of their dresses have a smocked back so it’s nice and stretchy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so pretty!

    • Nicole says...

      What’s weird is that I am also named Nicole, also 5’4″ with a 30E/32D bra size, and ALSO heartily endorse the HHH nap dress (though beware: I have it in white which is very see-through). You and I should trade more dress wins!

      Here to add a pro tip for wrap dresses + bigger boobs: take it to a tailor and have a hook-eye closure sewn in at the bust area. My very favorite wrap dress is from Ganni (it is EXACTLY the dream Talented Mr Ripley, Italian Riviera concoction) and without the hook-eye closure it would have been relegated to the “it’ll make a perfect beach cover-up” section of my closet. To wit, I wore it in Puglia with flat espadrille sandals and everyone spoke to me in Italian. All hail the hook-eye!

    • Luella says...

      Ohhh that’s gorgeous ❤️❤️

  22. CE says...

    Pretty disappointed that a post that is apparently catered to large busts features so many dresses with buttons. I cannot envision on how the shirt dress and the denim dress would fit the emailer, given her small frame and large bust.

    • Shira says...

      YES! Everything I own with buttons pulls across the chest. *Sigh*

  23. Patty says...

    I bought a simple polyester/elastane sheath, Celine by Top it Off at a boutique in FL. I’m a size 6 with a 34E bust. The Small fit perfectly so I went online and bought another one. It’s not marked petite, but the proportions are perfect for my 5’1″ frame. It’s one of those perfect for traveling dresses and super easy to wear.

  24. Naomi says...

    Another wish list: can you find a 2 piece swimsuit that is not super-revealing but highly functional to run around with kids? I have been on the hunt for a 2 piece for faster on/off if you catch my drift… but need something more mom-friendly 😉

    • Anya says...

      They are a bit pricey, but I love my swimsuits from YouSwim (a UK based sustainable brand). They are one size fits all, and when I got my first one I thought there was no way it would fit me (I’m a size 10/12, 32G), but it turned out to be the most comfortable and flattering two piece I’ve ever worn.

      That one was the Aplomb high waisted two piece, and I’ve since purchased two more.

      The most surprising thing was how supportive and secure it felt – not enough to play beach volleyball or anything, but similar to a bra I would wear for yoga or a day of errands.

      And the models on their website and instagram have a wide range of body types, which I really appreciate!

    • Alice says...

      Try Boden, Naomi!! They’ve got a pretty decent range of different top/ bottom styles that are all mix and match, so hopefully you’d find something that worked for you?

    • Maryn says...

      These Honey Mark swimsuits were made with exactly those qualifications in mind: https://honeymark.co/collections/the-caraway

      I don’t own one myself, but I followed the founder on IG as she designed the suits and I know how much care and effort she put into getting the suits just right!

    • Nicole says...

      YouSwim, Hunza G, and Monday Swimwear are my tried and true favorites for one and two pieces. I’m a 30E / 32D and a mom :) (The Summersalt one that pops up in Google searches is *ok*. Only *ok*)

    • Hilary says...

      Caralyn Mirand just did a swimsuit week on her IG and her blog! Lots of cute styles!

    • Amanda says...

      Wild Isles!! I love them.

    • AC says...

      I second this one! I am currently awaiting an order from Old Navy with a bunch of options to try. Haven’t tried the high waisted bottoms yet, so we’ll see how that goes. Also key that they are not super expensive. I think Athleta might have functional options, but the prices are too much.

    • Naomi says...

      Wow – thanks for all of the tips! Love Cupofjo!

  25. N says...

    I am small-framed, but was a 32DDD until a recent breast reduction. In the past, I absolutely wouldn’t wear a dress without a bra, but I was always verging on Victoria from the Bachelor territory. It’s a lot of trial and error, so I would online shop at places with great return policies.

    Maddie, I suspect you’re going more for Brock vibes than the dresses shown here. Shopbop has a really intuitive “You Might Also Like” feature that can lead you to a bra-friendly (and cheaper!) version of those dresses. And their free returns can’t be beat.

    • s says...

      haha i immediately understood the “victoria from the bachelor territory” – what a perfect analogy, i knew exactly what you meant.

  26. Natasha says...

    Nice idea – how about you follow this up with a similar post for women with a small bust? I’d appreciate that!

    • Em says...

      Hi Natasha, I too am (very) small busted and it’s not very difficult to find dresses/any upper body clothes that fit, as fashion is much more tailored to small bodies and body parts.

    • Sarah Lu says...

      Hi Natasha!

      Those are my thoughts exactly – hooray for diversity! Dresses don’t seem hard, but finding any attractive lingerie that doesn’t want to add a two cup sizes, make me look like a child, or cost less than $200 is nearly impossible.

    • Hilary says...

      This comment is for Sarah Lu-

      Check out Aerie! They have lots of great bras/bralettes in lace, fun backs, etc. that are affordable, and start at size 30A.

    • Kate says...

      Thank you for this post! It’s so difficult to find flattering dresses when you have a large bust! I usually try to stay away from fast fashion, but I have a baby and toddler and dry clean only dresses are just not gonna happen in this season of life. Old navy has a surprisingly great selection of dresses recently!

      I particularly love this one. The smocked back makes it fit nicely. Its spaghetti strap, but I personally don’t mind letting my bra straps show (I just wear them with my “cuter” bras with thinner straps that cost a gazillion dollars).

      https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=551785062&cid=15292&pcid=15292&vid=1&cpos=24&cexp=2223&kcid=CategoryIDs%3D15292&cvar=16846&ctype=Listing&cpid=res21041005329933092617398#pdp-page-content

      (For reference — I’m a size 4, 130 lbs, 32e, 5’4” and Old Navy size small fits me well.)

  27. Jodie says...

    This comment is just pure love for Katie Sturino. I love her outlook on life and how women’s bodies are viewed. She has a great Insta account and my favorite is when she recreates outfits empowering women to wear things they think they can’t or “shouldn’t”. Plus she is funny as hell. I can’t wait to get my pre-ordered copy of Body Talk!

    • Dee says...

      They’re so pretty, it’s a shame though that they are using unsustainable materials like polyester that are not breathable and release micro plastics every time they are washed. I am also curious about where they are produced – I could only see that they are designed by Native American designers, but nothing about how many designers, etc. If their clothes are being made in China to Native American designers, even if those designers are getting credit and a cut, that makes a difference. Some more info and transparency on their sustainability standards would be great.

  28. Jo says...

    Hi there- there are some dress links that just take you to a message that says “the link is malformed” (the shirt dress, in particular). Just mentioning because this happened in on of the last clothes posts you had as well.
    Thanks!

    • Emily says...

      Same! I’m in Canada? Does that matter maybe?

  29. Dee says...

    The Maxi dress shown is to die for!

    I second Etsy. I have ordered excellent quality summer dresses where you send your measurements, pick a colour fabric, and they hand make something for you, at a really reasonable price. It is the ultimate in sustainable shopping because the linen is eco friendly, and you are working directly with the seamstress and helping her get a living. The sellers I had great experiences with are LinenStitchStore and another is called MsWrinkle based in Lithuania. Such great quality garments.

    • marcella says...

      I’m looking at this right now and love it!! Did you find shipping took a long time to the US?

    • Erin G. says...

      Dee! I just ordered a dress from MsWrinkle – thank you so much for the tip! What a steal for a custom made piece, cannot wait!

    • Dee says...

      Marcella, I’m in Europe and yes getting my hands on the goods was a process because it is handmade first of course. I liked waiting for it, because it made me super excited to receive it, but I think it makes you treasure the item more. The seller ses super friendly though and I am sure she would give you precise timing.

      Erin, I am delighted to hear that, I hope you will love what you chose!

  30. Marti says...

    My favorite favorite new dress is from Nettle’s Tale! It’s an ethical/sustainable brand based in Canada. They focus on inclusive sizing (and have their own sizing table). The Sonora Dress (https://nettlestale.com/collections/dresses/products/sonora-dress) fits my large bust perfectly — I wear a 36H — and it’s so versatile! Truly worth every penny. I wear it layered in a million ways and can’t wait to spend all summer in it.

  31. Emmy says...

    WRAY NYC! One of my favorite size-inclusive brands to follow and support. Hillary Duff and Aidy Bryant wear their clothing!

  32. Heather says...

    The site https://www.eshakti.com/ has dresses that are fully customizable. You can choose neckline, sleeve type, length, and get it custom made to your measurements. The more customizations you make, the more expensive it gets, but even then, most dresses are still under $100.

  33. Abby B says...

    Ooooh highly recommend Mata Traders as well. Their dresses are cute as hell, fit a variety of shapes, and they have amazing fair trade practices to boot! Their HQ is around the corner from my place in Chi and I’m just totally obsessed.

    https://www.matatraders.com/collections/dresses

  34. Silver says...

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/letsbacktrack

    Hannah designs some lovely vintage style dresses and will accomodate your measurements – it could be worth having an online chat to her to talk about what you might like, I’m sure she’ll love the talented mr Ripley challenge.

  35. Silver says...

    As a G cup girl I can agree that buying dresses is so complicated but I can absolutely help you with swimmers. Check out https://marvell-lane.com – I absolutely promise you the swimwear from there is worth the money. It’s best to get an online e fitting (you send your measurements and the size you are in your best fitting bras). Honestly, I promise you will not regret it if you buy a pair. The woman who runs Marvell Lane also posts about clothing on her blog – she’s funny – but also as a big busted small waisted woman, she’s got you in mind!

  36. Alison says...

    Thanks so much for these recommendations!

    As someone with a larger chest and a small frame, it is BRUTAL to find a dress with any sort of sleeve that moves properly…it’s always this weird bunching thing that happens! Ugh! I find I just tend to get sleeveless dresses and through a sweater/jean jacket/etc. over it to keep things warmer.

  37. Erin says...

    Wondering about the results of previous reader shopping posts. Did Emily end up getting the camo raincoat?? Did I miss it?

    • Antonia says...

      I’m wondering the same thing! I think this is a fun idea but would be even cooler if the readers would share what they end up getting. I don’t think any of them have done that yet.

    • Gia says...

      I’m curious about a bride who was searching for a wedding dress, was there an update I missed?

  38. Jen says...

    Bravissimo specializes in clothes for bigger busts, including dresses. I just checked and they have 167 dress styles right now, all for bigger busts.

  39. Lyse says...

    Close the reformation tab, and open Doen! Their dresses are so the vibe (and a little more extra!) and some are shown on more diverse bodies so you can gage the style with your body type. They are definitely a little more spendy, but they hold their value on the resale market ! And ethically made with organic fabrics. I just bought one (pregnant with newly acquired boobs.. and a huge bump) and it made me feel like a new person. Also love Hackwith Designs and Miranda Bennett (although they are less floral and flirty). Xox!

    • S says...

      Doen just came out saying they’re not a sustainable or slow fashion company. And it took them forever to expand their model diversity… not a fan. Their model with the largest bust doesn’t even properly fit into their dresses, they frequently show her with them buttoned-down and you can tell it’s because they don’t fit her bust.

    • Catherine says...

      Doen pieces are so beautiful, but whenever I see their editorial photos, I feel like they are designed for the male gaze. I can’t get past that. It’s all women in white, see-through nightgowns hanging laundry in the French countryside. I just can’t.

  40. Sarah says...

    FYI- I purchased the floral dress recently and it didn’t fit my large chest- Sending it back. Womp womp.

  41. Lorraine Glazar says...

    I know this is probably not a news flash, but I love the knit dresses from LandsEnd. I’m sort of a solid color person, adding prints through scarves or jewelry, and I love their V neck dresses in solid bright colors. I am a size 8 with 34 DDD bust size, and I find their dresses attractive yet modest. Depending on the depth of the “V”, I sometimes wear a bra with a modesty panel. I live in Southern Arizona, so need a lot of summer clothes since it’s really hot here, and it’s important that they are machine washable and not too expensive.

  42. Katie says...

    Cue *and this is why we sew*! A “full bust adjustment” lets you add width and depth without having to keep on sizing up. Game changer! (You can also adjust for full biceps, full booty, and reverse the process for small bust/bicep/booty etc).

    For RTW, yes alterations will work – just keep in mind a neckline won’t suddenly get smaller (whereas everything else can).

    • Katie says...

      P.S. different Katie to the contributing author!

    • Kristin W says...

      I have a larger bust and sew and was thinking this thought! It’s been so long since I’ve been forced to find something that works for my shape in RTW. But I’m glad to know there are resources out there if needed!

    • Erin says...

      Hello, fellow sewist! I’m a small A cup with immensely broad shoulders and sewing is a game changer. Clothes *actually* look good on my frame when I can adjust. No gaping or peek-a-boobies and no uncomfortable tightness across the back. I’ve learned that invisible zippers and cross-backs are great for the small busts / broad shoulder combo. :)

  43. Sam says...

    Love this! Thank you :)
    Just a note that the link to the white ‘shirt’ dress doesn’t work …

  44. Kath E says...

    Not many large busts on any of the models here 🤔

    • CLaire says...

      None at all. As someone who is size 6 and 34DDD, I can tell you most of these dresses would NOT work for me. They would make me look boxy and/or pregnant. Unfortunately, the only dresses that look good on me are tighter dresses and that is not my preferred style at all.

    • laura says...

      It’s almost impossible to find large-chested models wearing straight-size clothes (I’m a mid-size person and will often buy the low end of plus sizes simply because they show the clothing on someone who looks like me!) on any site, from any brand. Because there’s so much guess work involved, I usually stick to the same style of dress- wrap or something with ruching on the bust. A lot of these wouldn’t work because: buttons

    • Siri says...

      My thought exactly.

  45. Susan says...

    I have a similar frame and I have the Boden dress that’s shown in the palm print. Mine is navy and I find it very flattering. They have it at Nordstrom, if that is easier

  46. Caroline says...

    The white ‘shirt’ dress link seems to be broken. It’s my favourite! Help!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh so sorry! It’s working on our end, so I’m not sure how to fix! The dress is from GAP. Xo

  47. A says...

    Love this question and the beautiful dresses featured! What about for petite women with bigger breasts? I am 5’3″, usually a size 0, and have a 32DD bust. Any similarly petite but busty ladies out there have any suggestions?

    • Claire says...

      I’m in a similar boat here, too, at 5’2”, 30G, and typically a 2/4.

      I was about to write out a whole comment describing all the dresses I have in my closet and like, but I realized that my only good advice is this: buy clothes in person, not online. That way you can try them on (ideally in a few sizes) and see if they flatter and feel comfortable without being stuck with it (either due to something that’s non refundable or hard to exchange/return). Unless I’ve bought from a particular brand before, online shopping seriously stresses me out, as does thinking about all the online shopping carbon emissions and packaging waste… granted, I know this isn’t possible for everyone during Covid or geography, but for bodies that are harder to dress, it works for me.

    • Anita says...

      I’m not sure if they ship to the US, but when I lived in England their was a shop called Bravissimo that saved me! I’m in the same boat as you (size 0, 28DD/sometimes a bigger cup depending on the brand of bra) so I understand your plight! Bravissimo makes lingerie, swimwear and clothes. The clothes come in curvy, extra curvy and super curvy. They have thorough explanations on their website regarding the size classifications but as an example, I bought my clothes in “Size 0 Super Curvy” as I normally have to buy clothes three sizes too large to accommodate my bust. Bravissimo saved me so much money because I could just buy things off the rack instead of having to get everything altered. I genuinely teared up the first time I shopped there. EVERYTHING fit!

  48. Becky says...

    this is perfection, thank you!!!

    • Capucine says...

      Their sheet dress in black. A-mazing.

  49. Catherine says...

    Thank you for linking to a wide variety of styles! While I love the pleated, ruffled, high waist dresses that are popular now, I don’t find them flattering on me at all. It’s nice to see more choices available for different sizes and shapes.

    • Capucine says...

      Yeah, same. Boobs with ruffles, high waistline…increasing volume is not my way, either.

  50. Erin says...

    It’s not the simplest or most cost-effective solution, but I would highly recommend sewing as a hobby for anyone looking for a better fit! I have broad shoulders and a flat chest, so it’s so hard for me to find ready-to-wear dresses, tops, and sports bras that fit my frame well. Even tailoring is wonky because my bust is so much smaller than my hips and design often looks off. My me-made clothing is not perfect by any mean, the fit is perfect! And I’m also proud knowing that I made it…uneven gathers, slightly unbalance hem, non-matched patterns and all.

  51. JLW says...

    Shout out to Karina Dresses. I believe they are still based in Brooklyn and made in USA. I’m a size 6 with v. large chest and have purchased 2 in the past 5 years. Their dresses are very bust and bra friendly, and have pockets!!! Their Spring 2021 collection looks great. https://www.karinadresses.com/collections/spring-2021-collection

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

    • Samantha says...

      these dresses are BEAUTIFUL thank you so much for sharing!

    • Emily says...

      Great models, too!