How to spot flattering dresses for big busts without needing to try them on

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  • If you have been blessed with a big bust, it sometimes can be tricky to find flattering dresses that don't over emphasise your top heavy body shape. From the most flattering necklines, to the best colour combinations, we have rounded up eight easy ways to spot dresses for big busts.

    If, like actress Susan Sarandon, you have a top heavy body shape, finding dresses for big busts to flatter your figure can feel difficult at times. But, with a few clever styling tricks you can look just as fabulous. It’s just about learning the golden style rules to how to best flatter your figure. The main goals should be to accentuate your assets and create definition in your waist, resulting in a gorgeous silhouette.

    Do you have a top heavy body shape? The easy way to tell is if you have a big bust and upper body area, and little waist definition. You may also have slimmer arms and legs, but tend to collect weight around your middle area. You’ll also most identify with the Apple or Inverted Triangle body shape. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie all fall into this category, so you’re in good company!

    MORE: What body shape am I?

    With expert advice from Isabel Virden of the Fashion Retail Academy we’ve picked out some of the best dresses for big busts, including dresses for work, an evening out, casual day-dresses and those all-important special occasions. We’ve also detailed how to wear these dresses and why they’ll flatter your figure, meaning that you’ll pick up more than just a few tricks to look and feel your best.

    Some quick style rules to follow are to embrace the V-neck (which will show off your cleavage), stick to fitted pieces that nip in at the waist, and avoid items that constrict your top half (like buttons, high necks or tight collars).

    Isabel advises, “I believe that body confidence is the key to looking good. A large bust can be celebrated and should not restrict choice of clothing or personal style. However, there are certainly some key style tips that bigger busted women can bear in mind. For example, roll necks and necklines that are too high may want to be avoided, but that’s preference.”

    She continued, “It is most important to feel comfortable in the choice of clothing you have made that day. Confidence is everything and will enable you to look good whatever you are wearing. The material of the clothing is also important. If you have a big bust, it’s often a good idea to opt for fabrics that are stretchy, but also provide support and structure.”

    Keep clicking for our edit of the best dresses for big busts…