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My style tips to dress a big bust | Bras, Tops, Dresses… | Justine Leconte

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Hi everyone, it’s Justine.
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How to dress when you have a
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generous bust, as we say in French.
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If you’re new on this channel,
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one quick note before we start.
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No, I don’t have a large bust. I think we all agree,
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but I’m a designer, so I work with proportions and with silhouettes,
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so I looked for examples of garments that I think will suit you
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if you have a larger bust, larger breasts
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and I will show you now the list of suggestions that I gathered.
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It’s up to you to see what you want to keep, and what not.
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It’s the same principle as my previous video on how to hide the tummy –
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how to conceal a tummy – with clothe and not with shapewear.
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I linked that video here in the corner and in the description below, if you’ve missed it,
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but today is not about the tummy, it’s about the bust, so we’ll stay up here.
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Before you even choose clothes, having a good bra is essential in your case.
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This one is a great example for several reasons.
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First, it really wraps well, covers the entire breasts
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and ends up high enough. That’s extremely important for support.
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You want your breasts to be covered, so-to-speak.
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Then the straps here on the shoulders are wider,
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which helps carry the weight without hurting the shoulders.
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Also very important. You have proper boning under the breasts,
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and underneath the bones you see an extra band of fabric, of elastic?
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That really adds comfort, so a bra like this
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(this brand is especially good for curvy ladies, by the way),
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a bra like this gives you support and comfort.
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That’s something I would look for.
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I will link the pictures I am showing – all of them in this video – in the description below.
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Then let’s talk about shirts. If you have a large bust,
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you probably have the feeling that shirts, for some reason, never fit right.
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There’s a reason for that and there’s a solution.
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Here you see a negative example, how it should not look like.
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It’s not working, it’s not fitting, even on her,
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and even though she actually doesn’t have a large bust at all.
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See how it’s pulling here on the sides between the breasts and the armpits? That’s not good,
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and if I saw her from the front, I could probably also tell
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that between the breasts here it’s pulling so you see the bra.
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You know what I mean?
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If you have a large bust, you know what I mean.
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Now, the solution – for you – is to look for shirts that have darts, like this one,
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and this one is a good example.
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See how fabric is taken in on each side under the breasts down to the hem level?
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Those two lines are called “the princess lines.”
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It’s not your center. It’s not your sides, where you have seams, too – side seams.
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It’s exactly in-between.
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You have the same space to the center and to the side.
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Shirts that are taken in exactly there give you more space for the bust and are better fitted at the waist level,
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because you have this whole line to play with the fit.
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So, shirts like that are much more likely to fit you and your curves.
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An alternative to that could be a dart placed on the side
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besides the breast, here. You see that?
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Here, from the breast to the side.
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It would give you a bit less curve, but that can work, too.
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It really depends on the size and on the shape of your breast.
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Technically, darts can be placed anywhere.
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You can put them like this, like this, like this, on the princess line.
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You can do whatever you want. You can even combine them. You can have a side dart and the princess darts.
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The more darts you have, the better fitted the shirt is likely to be, really.
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This dart thing is true not just for shirts but for any kind of top or dress that’s in a woven fabric.
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It means that it doesn’t stretch. You need to make it fit yourself and darts are the solution for that.
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Moving on to dresses. A shift dress is a smart shape for you, I think.
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Here, you can barely see it, but she actually does have darts on the side, as I’ve just shown you on my sweater.
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It’s slightly A-shaped, not too much. It’s not perfectly fitted at the waist level, but this way it’s very harmonious,
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as it seems between the bust, the waist and the hips.
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The length could be longer or shorter. Here, it doesn’t really matter.
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It’s all about that upper torso part.
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What you could change here is that you could go sleeveless, and in the case, I like a slightly high-going collar.
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I think this one is very elegant.
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Beware, though, because here we’re missing the darts,
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So, that particular design might not work for all of you.
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It depends on your breasts.
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If you’re shopping for tops now, I’d focus on basically two things.
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First thing, you want the part that sits on the shoulder here to be rather wider than having a thin strap
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like a tank top. This one is a good example.
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If this part is wider, your breasts are going to appear smaller in comparison,
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so it’s really an optical effect and that’s a smart trick.
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And then the texture can also help distract the eye away from the breasts, so-to-speak.
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Lace works really nicely, or mini embroidered flowers.
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I wouldn’t go for big flowers, for size proportions reasons.
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I would stick to small prints, repeated prints.
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Then this is a mesh fabric. It’s a complex one, and it’s quite an expensive top, but to give you an example.
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And embroidery, of course, or appliqués work really nicely, too.
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I’d like to add one type of dress that I think is perfect for curvy figures
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and that’s a wrap dress, typically V-shape.
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It’s not tight anywhere. It’s slightly loose and it’s tied on one side asymmetrically
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with the length that you can make vary from super-mini to floor-length.
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The brand specializing in wrap dresses – the designer who invented them, basically –
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is Diane von Fürstenberg (DVF, if you want to look it up).
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A very smart lady from Belgium. She married a prince,
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moved to the U.S. and became extremely successful,
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so it’s even a nice success story. I like her.
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I’ve met her when I was in university and she’s really a nice, friendly and smart lady.
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So, her dresses are even knitted, which adds comfort compared to woven fabrics.
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Talking about knitwear, when you choose a sweater, I would look rather for finer knits
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because chunky knits, big sweaters with cable knits and stuff like that,
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might leave you under the impression that you are hiding bulk at the level of your bust
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and if you have a larger chest already, I’m guessing (but it’s really up to you)
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I’m guessing that you want to try to stay away from that.
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So, finer knits over chunky knits.
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Thumbs up of you found those tips useful and/or inspiring.
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See you soon, and until next time, take care.
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‘Bye!

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