I have now created two printable guides:
Below are some of the key tips and ideas for flattering a flat chest, and the things I look out for when I am shopping.
To add movement and volume look for:
– A-Line tops and swing dresses which flare gently from the chest
– Bubble hem tops, or dresses with elasticated waistbands
– Off-the-shoulder, halter-necks and boat-necks can all add width across the chest
Avoid darts and princess seams which create shape and structure for busts.
Floaty fabrics such as crepe, chiffon and light cotton create movement; jersey drapes and gathers to create shape; lace and embroidered layers add interest, and textured knits add depth.
– Layer contrasting textures and colours to add depth and shape.
Extra features which suit a flat chest include:
– Double breast pockets (or single on your flat side)
– Gathered or cowl necklines
– Frills and pussy bows
– Pleats and pin tucks
– Contrasting sleeves
Be proud of your chest: Decorate it! Look for:
– Patterns to draw the eye around your outfit
– Contrasting patterns on the bib or yoke
– Appliquéd designs such as sequins, gems and beading
– Statement necklaces or long pendants
If you have had a single mastectomy also look out for:
– Pleats, draping or frills from one shoulder
– Contrasting panels or bold patterns to decorate your flat side
Scarves worn in various ways are also a quick way to do all of the above!