When your top heavy, you need to minimize above without maximizing below.

Here's how to balance your silhouette.

  • Narrow to medium-width legs - too wide and you'll look bigger all over; too narrow and your legs can look like sticks.
  • Lighter colours than your top - a darker top will minimize above the waist, balancing your figure.
  • A fit that's relaxed through the hips and thighs. Pants that are too tight draw attention to other figure flaws as well.
  • Subtle patterns which attract the eye downward away from the bust.

Don't wear a wide belt
with your pants
- you'll look squashed in.

  • Footless tights or leggings worn as pants - as well as showing off any bumps or bulges, they make you look like sticks supporting a heavy upper half.
  • High waists.
  • Pants that are too wide or flare out form the hips. You'll appear bigger on both fronts

Wearing your jacket
undone over a fitted
top vertically breaks
the bust-line,
minimizing the size.

  • Jackets in dark solid colours - they're more slimming.
  • Slim-line jackets that cover the hips and bottom.
  • A jacket that tapers at the waist.
  • Long sleeves - short sleeves that finish in line with the bust extend the width of your bust.
  • Loosely wrapped jackets that fasten to one side - the crossover diagonal lines slim the upper torso.
  • V-necked jackets.
  • Single breasted jackets.

  • Doubled breasted jackets - they tend to make the bust look bigger.
  • Tight jackets that look stretched across the bust .
  • Stiff fabrics that 'puff' up when you sit down.
  • Batwing, full or puffed sleeves.
  • Bold colours or large patterns.

  • A shaped dress tapered in at the waist. A straight shift hangs from the bust adding kilos to your tummy hips and thighs.
  • A wrap dress in a soft fabric that ties or fastens to one side at the waist. The diagonal crossover
  • minimizes above the waist.
  • Dark solid colours that lengthen and slim your entire silhouette.
  • Fitted dresses with a yoke at the neck that belt or taper at the waist.

A bare neckline is
most flattering for you,
so don't crowd it with
heavy necklaces,
scarves, etc.

  • Patch or contrasting coloured pockets on the bust. These add centimeters and draw the eye to the problem area.
  • A loose fitting, drop-waisted dress. This style usually falls from the bust, creating a barrel effect to the hips and thighs

Team a lighter-toned skirt
with a darker top for
a more balanced silhouette

  • A skirt with hemline interest, straight down with pleats or flared at the base.
  • Skirts with a V-shaped panel or yoke in the front.
  • Narrow pleated skirts (worn with a simple top).
  • Skirts from any length from just above the knee to the ankle.
  • Small prints and plains.
  • Narrow waistbands that sit right down on the waist.

  • Full gathered skirts that puff out at the waist.
  • Puffball or tiered skirts - clean lines are best.
  • Tight fits - they'll narrow you below the waist, accentuating above the waist.
  • High-waisted skirts that sit up under your bust. hiny, bulky, clingy or stiff fabrics.

  • Soft fabrics such as chiffon or silk jersey that float over the bust.
  • One-shouldered dresses, as long as the shoulder is wide enough to support the bust.
  • Long or short skirts, as long as they're a lighter tone than your top.
  • Tops with scoop or plunging necklines. They flatter the bust.
  • Heavier fabrics such as a velvet below the waist. They help balance the upper and lower torso.
  • A fitted dress or jacket that tapers at the waist and slims the hips and thighs

As long as your dress is
the right style for your
shape, flaunt your bust
- it's back in style.







  • Heavy or eye catching fabrics above the waist.
  • Strapless tops or bustier.
  • Cowl or draped necklines. These add centimeters to your bust.
  • Ruffles fabric above the waist. trapless or sleeveless tops or dresses. Too much flesh on display accentuates a larger figure.