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!