How to Dress Your Bust 10 Pounds Thinner

Instead of wishing those extra pounds away, why not dress them away? Thanks to the clever use of draping, color blocking and styling details, the clothes here will shrink the body part you care for least—an appealing idea as we head into the holidays. Note: You can buy most of these looks through

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Embrace a wrap

This version is designed so that you never have to worry about body parts playing peekaboo. The soft-as-butter fabric is a bonus. Abi Ferrin knit jersey dress, $280;

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Use proportion to play down bust

Sure, we love the artsy print, but it’s the slight peplum bottom that balances a large bosom. Nic + Zoe peplum top, $144; nicand​

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Skip the structure

Fabrics that move with you are comfortable, but knits can be overly casual. Not here. This dress feels great, and the print is polished. Tracy Reese viscose blend frock, $328; 908-234-2400. 

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Dare to wear stripes

You can go horizontal, with a whisper-weight fabric and narrow lines anchored with black. The deep V created by the black underpinning is slenderizing. Red 23 spandex and rayon wrap top, $110; 713-522-9101. Tees By Tina nylon and spandex tank, $38;

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Skip the structure

Does an occasion call for a blazer? Then try this sweater style. It’s as comfy as a cardigan but not as fitted, and it looks business ready. The collar’s leather trim adds a luxe detail. Lafayette 148 wool and angora jacket, $998; lafayette​148​ny​.com.

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When in doubt . . .

Draw the eye up with a pair of statement earrings. Kara By Kara Ross resin and gold-plated brass earrings, $175;

Breast is best

Introducing simultaneous comfort and support. The straps won’t cut into your shoulders, and your cups won’t runneth over. Finally, a bra you won’t hanker to take off at the end of the day. Cacique nylon and spandex seamless bra, $26;

Patron Saint Jayne Mansfield

An early Playboy playmate, she was known for her bodacious breasts (all natural), her impossibly tiny waist and her penchant for (ahem) wardrobe malfunctions.

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The workout way

“We must, we must, we must increase our bust.” Sorry, but just as exercise did not pump them up, it won’t shrink them down either.


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First published in the October 2013 issue

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