Choose a Flattering Cocktail Dress for a Small Bust

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Having a small bust does not have to kill your ability to look sexy when you go out on the town. Pay attention to the details and you can choose a flattering cocktail dress for any shape.


1. Look for interesting necklines. Draped or cowl necklines bring all eyes up to your face and away from your small bust, while the extra fabric adds bulk to your chest area to balance your figure. Jeweled or decorative ornaments at the neckline also help accomplish this task.

2. Opt for dresses with built in support. Molded bodices or cups can hold push up pads, or simply add some structure to the small bust you already have. Boning through the bust of your cocktail dress will also define your curves.

3. Pick gathered or pleated bodices. The bulk of the gathers and pleats adds volume to your bust area and gives the illusion of a larger bustline without resorting to bra inserts. A little bit of beading or sparkle in the gathers adds weight and dimension to your bust and helps balance a smaller-than-average upper half.

4. Be brave and experiment with low cut necklines. Confidently expose what assets you do have and your admirers might not consider your small bust to be a flaw at all. Remember that as a general rule, clothes hang better and fit better on women with small busts. Most supermodels have small bustlines and still manage to look smashing in gorgeous dresses.

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