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What kinds of shirts are good for someone busty who needs to dress business casual?

Asked by hug_of_war (9814 points ) 3 weeks ago from iPhone

I need to dress business casual, which is new for me. I have large breasts and a lot of the guides say to wear a button down shirt but those look terrible on me (they don’t lay flat leading to gaps).

I never show cleavage, so that’s not a problem but as someone who doesn’t understand fashion at all I don’t get what makes a blouse business casual and what makes it too casual.

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Haleth's avatar

A button down is usually the first thing they tell you to buy for a business casual wardrobe. It’s simple and versatile, so you can wear it with anything. It’s one of those basic staples that’s the foundation of a wardrobe.

I can’t wear button downs either, for the same reason. (The struggle is real!) Through lots of trial and error, I’ve found some cute blouses that do basically the same thing.

When you’re just starting a business casual wardrobe, you should look for slacks, skirts, and blouses that are comfortable and flattering in solid colors. This isn’t the time to get fancy. With solid colors, you can wear the same thing with in different combinations or with different accessories, and you don’t have to own as many.

Eshakti.com has amazing clothes in pretty much every size, and they’ll tailor it before sending to you. Everything I’ve gotten from them has fit perfectly and been super flattering. I’m 5’2, a size 16, and have a D cup, so it’s AMAZING to find clothes that fit and are flattering without having to be altered. A simple dress can also be a great business casual outfit, and it’s more flattering and feminine than a button down with slacks. Most of my work wardrobe is actually dresses.

Back to the cute blouses, though. The rest of your outfit has to be up to standard, because a blouse doesn’t always say “professional” the way a button down does. That means nice, structured slacks or skirts that fit you properly. Once you do that, it gives you a lot of leeway to wear flowy, drape-y blouses. Something like this might seem casual on its own, but if you tuck it into a crisp skirt you’ve got an outfit.

I also own something very much like this. With a camisole under it, it’s basically seasonless and goes with everything.

It also helps if you look for sturdy, high-quality clothes. If I had $20 to spend on a top for work, I would shop the end of season closeouts at a place like Ann Taylor or Nordstrom, rather than buy something at the regular price from Old Navy or Target. Expensive-looking clothes have better structure and look more professional. Whenever possible, I buy summer clothes in winter and winter clothes in summer. Is saves a lot of money. Good luck!

jca's avatar

How about a jacket, maybe one with ⅔ sleeves (and nice bracelet on your wrist)?

KNOWITALL's avatar

I Go for scoop necks or sundresses with jackets. Tanks & cami’s under a business jacket with slacks or skirts.

hearkat's avatar

@hug_of_war – I am busty and plus-sized. You need something that not only will not gap, but that allows movement and moves with you, since I’m guessing that this is for your clinical.

I wear a lot of pullover cotton sweaters, like you can get at Dress Barn – I often buy them in varying colors and short sleeved, elbow-length sleeves (my favorite) and ¾ sleeves depending on the weather.

I do have some button-down shirts, but they are cut for busty people and made of a cotton that has a bit of stretch to it. I like the ones that are tailored to emphasize the waist and to be worn outside the pants.

Blazers are good because of having pockets, but I found that I get too hot in them, which is why I like cotton, or cotton and silk blended, sweaters that breathe. I have a couple very light silk button-down shirts with loose cut and pretty prints that I wear with a matching lace camisole underneath in the summer, so that I’m covered, but cool – so they’re kind-of like jackets.

Even if you’re not plus sized, you might have better success accommodating your chest if you look in the plus-sized section. When I had lost some weight a while back, I was in the enviable position of being able to wear the largest size of the regular sections, and the smallest size of the plus sections; so if you’re wearing XL tops in the regular stores, you might find that 14–16 or 1X tops in the plus section fit you nicely.

wildpotato's avatar

Check out the button-downs from Pink (Thomas Pink, not the Victoria’s Secret line). They have some shirts that are fitted for larger bust sizes.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Get quality women’s dress shirts that fit in the bust without gapping.

Have the rest of the shirt tailored to fit.

sakura's avatar

http://www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/ I think they ship abroad, amazing company xxx try them out x

Cupcake's avatar

I wear cotton pullover sweaters (like @hearkat), either alone or over a button-down shirt. I also go a little more casual with my shirts… as long as they are well-fitting and clean… and dress them up with a scarf, jewelry or a blazer.

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