Flatter Festive Frocks and Tops 1

If ever there was a time to discuss decoration, this is it!

Decoration is one of my five basic flatter fashion tips:

Be proud of your chest: decorate it! Look for patterns to draw the eye around your outfit, contrasting patterns on the bib or yoke, and appliquéd designs such as sequins, gems and beading.

Nothing says festive like sequins so let’s start there. They are perfect for us, because they reflect the light beautifully. Dazzled onlookers will be too busy admiring how radiant you look to notice anything else! So even if you usually tend to hide your chest behind a scarf, give sparkly camouflage a go.

Here are a few nice examples:
Littlewoods Sequin Body Con Dress, Item No. 6JX7X14

Wallis dress from Debenhams

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Red Herring Sparkle Dress from Debenhams

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Next Sequined Top

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Tesco Double Layer Dress

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If sparkle isn’t to your taste then try fringing…

Julien McDonald Fringed Top from Debenhams

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River Island Fringed Top

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Not a fan of black? Decorate with patterns…

Tesco Sparkle Patterned Dress, with gathered waistband detail.

Tu Sainsburys Houndstooth top, with flattering pleated neckline.

River Island Print Top with beaded neckline and pleats.



Lace is also an easy and glamorous way to add decoration. It’s a great fabric for adding interest, and for layering to create the illusion of depth. It also suits everybody!
Tu Sainsburys Double Layer Lace dress

Tu Sainsbury Lace Top

Tesco Ladder Lace Dress


The next Flatter Fashion tip which will help when looking for your festive outfit is Shape.

You are looking for tops and dresses which flare out from the neckline or chest, bubble hem tops or elasticated waistbands which all add movement. Off-the-shoulder, halter-necks and boat necks can all add width across the chest; as can sleeves.

Tesco Bow Sleeve Top (our old friend, the wrap front bubble-hem!), lovely V neck which isn’t too low and doesn’t gape when you lean forward.

Next Sequined Choker Top, there is also a dress but my local store doesn’t stock it. 

Julien McDonald Sequin Trim Halter Top from Debenhams

Vero Moda Corrine 3/4 Sleeve Top from Littlewoods, Item No. 6NXDM12


Judy Maxi Dress from Littlewoods, Item No. 6JMJ314, with flattering asymmetric pleats and Sequined waistband.


Other features which suit a flat chests are detailing such as cowl necklines, pleats and frills. Look for fabrics like crepe, chiffon and jersey which are light and will fall beautifully on you.

Tesco Black Bubble Top, with sequined shoulder detail and pleated neckline.

Tesco Navy Twill Top, with gathered, beaded neckline.


Next Frill Tunic, with beaded epilettes (this is quite a low V neck though, so may need a layer or insert).


Jasper Conran Bright Red Top from Debenhams, gorgeous cowl neck and gathering at the side.  

I hope that either you find that one of these festive items works for you. In the words of the fabulous Kelly Short @kellytalks

“If you like it, try it. Don’t feel you can only wear things that come up to the chin and disguise your body shape. Some things will work, some won’t, but you won’t know unless you try. Why not try something you wouldn’t have tried before your surgery?”

If you find something else then please let me know and even better share a photo, I would love to see what everyone else is wearing! Find me on Facebook or Twitter and use #FlatterFestive

(Walking around town today inspiration struck for my December blog…the Christmas Jumper!)

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