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Modest Style Tips for Larger Busts

PI ladies, dressing modestly is a very important responsibility of Christian girls who desire to please God. Some of you have had questions regarding tips for figures with a larger bust size. I’m sure it’s not easy shopping for apparel when even some modest clothing can look immodest because you have a large bust.

Don’t be disheartened, though! I do have some tips on modest dressing for you young ladies with larger bust sizes.

  • Invest in good bras that support you and are comfortable–the wrong size bra actually will make your bust look larger. Consider getting a professional fitting. Also, check out our post on undergarments for modesty tips.
  • No thin straps.
  • Wear an extra layer to create more of a blended appearance. Tank tops are always great to add under shirts.
  • Choose the right neckline. Some designs, such as crew, cowl and sweetheart necklines, will accentuate your bust size–they should be avoided. Scoop, halter and V-neck designs show cleavage. Turtlenecks also will make your bust look larger. Square or rectangular necklines are modest, as long as they are high enough above the bust to avoid showing cleavage.
  • Avoid too-tight or clinging tops, as well as loose or baggy tops; the former will accentuate your bust size and the latter will make it look larger. Select tailored dresses or tops that have a shape.
  • Thicker fabrics provide a layer that smooths the shape of your figure.
  • Avoid horizontal stripes and overly large or busy prints at all costs. They will increase your bust size. Instead, opt for dark colors or prints, at least from the waist up.
  • Empire waists will highlight your bust area, so choose dresses with a lower waist. The same rule goes for wearing belts.

Again, don’t get discouraged after reviewing the list above. Shop around until you find the designs that meet your needs and remember the stores you had the most luck at for future trips. You may want to shop around online first so you’re not running from store to store. And never leave shopping for a specific event to the last minute!

You may also want to learn how to sew or invest in fun accessories so you can make simple alterations to your tops and dresses. A good tip is to buy garments that fit the bust area well but require adjusting at the waist and under the arms. With dresses, you can take the waist in with a belt or scarf. This looks cute with shift dresses.

Don’t be embarrassed. God designed you, so be pleased with your figure. Just make sure that you dress with modesty, especially in the summer, so that your appearance is also pleasing to Him.

Ladies, do you have a larger bust and find you have problems shopping for modest clothing? Do you have additional tips for other PI girls?

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  1. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on July 24, 2012 at 08:54

    thanks,this helps me alot! having a larger then “average” bust makes me uncomfertable beacuse dresses are hard to find,shirts are easy but i hate the styles. i can’t stan V-necks,or scoop necks. and i want to look cute,but modest,and i’ts a real chalange for me. this helps me alot though. thanks!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by prolife4life on July 19, 2012 at 23:37

    whats wrong with accentuate our bust. because i love mine and i wear shirts that accentuate it

  3. godlovesme316

    Posted by godlovesme316 on July 15, 2012 at 16:39

    I’m allergic to the nickel in most bras. How do I overcome that? I have a couple of bras I really like and one of them has cups too small for me…

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by panem777 on July 13, 2012 at 05:18

    I have this problem, too! 14 years old and left almost hoping that I won’t get any bigger. My 20 year old friend (yes, I have a 20 year old friend. Good friend, actually. Very.) is the same weight as me (heavier set) but has a smaller bust, and I’m constantly wishing that I was slightly less well endowed, as it’s always difficult finding modest things to wear.

  5. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on July 10, 2012 at 20:20

    As for me, I have a problem where nothing fits me because I am sooooo tiny! Sometimes, even size zero is too big on me! And girls with large busts out there, don’t be discouraged. God granted you the gift of natural voluptuousness, which is known to represent fertility, and didn’t God tell us to “be fruitful and multiply”? So you are not fat at all; you are desirable! (desirable in a good way, of course)

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by prolife4life on July 19, 2012 at 23:41

      lol i used to have this problem! then i hit puberty. some women are given big ones and some small and of course there and in between but don’t worry what i used to do( and i know it will make you feel a little childish) go to the kids section hide yourself ( idid this as well just avoid people and if they ask say your shopping for a frinend) and buy a shirt that fits you and that you like! you ,most likley will get a larger bust but if you do not don’t freak plenty of women go there whole life in aa cups!!!! much love!

  6. Hisgirl

    Posted by Hisgirl on July 10, 2012 at 16:12

    I’m a D cup and I found this article to be really helpful! I buy a lot of camis to wear under my tops. Some of the tops that I buy are immodest but when I add a cami or bandeau they become modest and still stay cute! Just another top girls 🙂

  7. WhiteRoseCafe

    Posted by WhiteRoseCafe on July 9, 2012 at 15:41

    I’m 15 and have a larger bust size. But by looking at me, you wouldn’t know it (since I’m 5’11 and proportionate). But these still help!
    I do have to say, though, I wear stripes a lot… they almost seem to bring down the size of my bust. And square necklines, while they’re okay, I find that the scoop neck works best for me. I guess it just depends on the person?

  8. Trinity

    Posted by Trinity on July 9, 2012 at 06:33

    Thanks from all the larger busted women. I’m glad someone finally recognized our challenges and special needs when it comes to modesty.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on July 8, 2012 at 13:34

    I know their are certain hairstyles that can draw attention to the chest too. I don’t have a list right now though.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on July 8, 2012 at 13:17

    I have ALWAYS had problems with this! And I know nothing about fashion too so I usually just give up and buy a bunch of random plain multicolored t-shirts. Can you show us pictures for examples of some styles we can try?

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ginger_who_loves_Jesus on July 8, 2012 at 12:01

    I agree with all of these!
    There is a brand at Herbergers which is pretty modest and is very cute. It is called Ruff Hewn, and it has new clothes, but they look well-worn and kind of vintage. They were made that way. It is pretty well priced, and you can usually get a pretty good deal. They have it for plus-sized women too. 🙂 Have fun 🙂

  12. ChildofGod

    Posted by ChildofGod on July 8, 2012 at 11:23

    I am a very petite girl but my chest is a little “out of proportion” with the rest of me… thank you for these tips!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by on5ire4God on July 8, 2012 at 09:06

    I dont like just wearing square or rectangle necklines because even those show cleavage…. so I where a cami (the kind with the lace on the top and bottom) under EVERYTHING! there thin so you wont get to hot and there VERY cute! I have found that the V neck cami’s can be a little, low so I stick with the ones that have the square top, and it has solved all my problems!! =]

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on July 9, 2012 at 16:53

      Fantastic tip. Thanks for sharing!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by melissa6395 on July 9, 2012 at 20:56

        I do the same! Old Navy has a large variety of tank tops/camis in lots of different colors for a pretty good price. 🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Monica on July 7, 2012 at 08:23

    Do you have any tips for girls with big behinds (like me) ? I am very petite but my behind is huge and sticks out. Any tips for clothing that would be good for me and other PI girls with the same problem? Thanks! 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LakenMarie33 on July 9, 2012 at 08:19

      I know what you mean! From the waist up I am rather lean, but my butt and thighs are larger, and it’s hard sometimes. Even being 5’8, I’m just not a small person below my waist. I don’t know how to find cute clothes that still compliment my figure…any ideas?

      • ruthie27064Him

        Posted by ruthie27064Him on July 10, 2012 at 21:26

        I have the same problem! For one, don’t wear tight pants. Don’t tuck you’re shirt in, but don’t stretch it over your behind either. Try and let it rest at your waist.

        Skirts are great for that problem too, because they flow around you, and don’t cling, hiding your figure better, and they can be really attractive if you pick them right. Not too short! And don’t forget a slip – esp. the ones with the bell shape are great, that flow out half way down. Don’t wear pencil shaped skirts, but bell shapes, that flow out. And lots of pattern with a simple top or a patterned top with a simple skirt will also compliment your figure well. White skirts are very versatile – esp. one’s with embroidered patterns.

        Of course you’re gonna have to wear pants at one point or another – so I’d say go for boot cut or bell-bottomed jeans that even out your legs/waist. And try to pick out pants that are long, that at least pass your ankles. Or tuck your pant legs into a pair of boots, this has a similar effect. Also, even though they can be expensive – dress pants are ADORABLE! Add a pair of black or floral flats and you’re good to go!

        Hopes this helps!
        God bless! 🙂

      • sisterwhocares

        Posted by sisterwhocares on July 10, 2012 at 20:26

        I recommend capris that fall below the knee. I know someone with the same problem (she calls it a “Kardashian butt” lol), and even normal modest shorts that reach just above the knee can look like booty shorts on her. Capris can remain modest (and are so cute!) when worn by anyone, big-butted or small. Another tip: for those with big thighs, don’t wear skinny jeans! They feel like a boa constricter when you wear them, believe me!

        Hope this helps! God bless!

  15. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on July 7, 2012 at 08:03

    I’m almost 15, and I have a larger bust size. What I have found, is the way you wear clothes greatly impacts how modest they are. I have a shirt that I wear completely modestly, but I let a friend borrow it, and the way she wore it made her bust look very large… Also, having a bra that supports you well helps a lot!

  16. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 6, 2012 at 18:51

    I tottaly have this problem,lol. This really helps,Mrs. Gaouette. Thanks a million!

  17. maddimac97

    Posted by maddimac97 on July 6, 2012 at 18:16

    thanx this helps. i get so discouraged b/c i have had so many guys comment on my bust size…and its so embarrassing and not to mention very hurtful. i dress modestly but even still its kinda hard to hide. so to all the girls with big busts: don’t be discouraged when guys.. or even girls comment to be honest the girls r just jealous and the guys…well they r guys and they will act like that sometimes. but keep ur head held high and just keep moving forward.
    ~Joshua 1:9

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Joliela on July 6, 2012 at 17:47

    This article makes it seem like girls should be embarrassed to have a larger chest. Obviously we shouldn’t be walking around with our boobs out with mega low-cut shirts, but if a girl wants to have a striped shirt that should be okay. I’ve never seen someone with a striped shirt and thought ” wow, that makes her chest look huge! How Immodest!” If a guy falls as easily as stripes, he needs to take that up with God and prayer. Also what is so awful about wearing something that might make your chest look a little bigger, if it’s not intentional? Not everyones preference is bigger boobs. God made girls all shapes and sizes, and guys with different preferences to for each and every one of them.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by mim on October 8, 2012 at 20:45

      You may not have seen someone with a striped shirt and thought that, but guys have! And if I guy falls because of stripes we need to do everything we can to not be a temptation for them. Because if we don’t that’s when we sin. And even though dressing immodestly isn’t always intentional it’s a big deal. It still can cause guys to fall. True, not everyone prefers bigger boobs but most guys do.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by prolife4life on July 19, 2012 at 23:44

      agreeeedddeeeeeeeeeee i hated that she said crew cut and sweetheart were imimmodesdt embrace your chest women of the world your blessed to have it LOL!

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by graciejj_23 on July 6, 2012 at 13:19

    Yes I know I have this problem. Thank you

  20. I

    Posted by I on July 6, 2012 at 11:32

    Well for your 4th tip you practically say only square necklines are modest, and your 7th tip to avoid stripes and busy prints cuz it makes your bust look bigger. I strongly disagree. You can wear any top at any shape whether or not you have a tank under it and you’ll still show a little cleavage, unless you’re wearing a turtleneck which no young teenager or women really wants to wear. And busy prints and stripes do not enhance your chest size. I know because I have friends who have big chests like double d and up and know from experience.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by mim on October 8, 2012 at 20:37

      It is possible to not show cleavage. And stripes definitely do make your bust look bigger. Most people will agree with that. And guys especially will.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by sunnylass on July 7, 2012 at 13:16

      i was just about to comment and say the same thing! I agree with the majority of her rules but some of them are just to strict especially the fourth one, basically shes saying you can wear only one style top, that’s so limiting i would hate that, i mean who wants to live with soo much rules! like no big prints whats with that? Its a good thing im not big, otherwise i think i would find it hard following every one of these rules! Don’t get me wrong i think its good to be modest and yes overall this is helpful for someone who’s bigger but still i think its a little to strict.

      • tmgaouette

        Posted by tmgaouette on July 9, 2012 at 16:52

        Please note that these are not rules, just tips for those girls who requested them, hence the “I do have some tips.”

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lauraexplorer13 on July 6, 2012 at 14:52

      I noticed that too! I have a larger bust, and I don’t actually own any square necks. The biggest problem for girls with larger busts is cleavage and the tightness of the shirt, regardless of the print, although stripes can accentuate them more than what is appropriate, it all depends on the cut and the body shape of the person. Personally, I wear cute camis and tanks to add a higher neckline to any neckline cut, v-neck etc. Just go with you gut. If you’re really questioning the shirt’s appropriateness, it’s probably not appropriate. Another tip: Scarves. Get a long, cute scarf that you can layer around your neck and you’re ready to go! (:

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by LacyPaste on July 6, 2012 at 09:49

    I’m only 13, but I happen to be a little more developed. It’s really embarrassing sometimes. Thank you!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BellaRoo on July 6, 2012 at 18:49

      I’m the same way, and it bothers me sometimes.. but I just accept that God made me this way on purpose , and there are tops that make being more “blessed” not just be a bother.

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by Coalesce on July 6, 2012 at 08:51

    Thank you so much! I’d like to mention that while empire waists do emphasize the bust, on bustier girls they often simply don’t fit right or look good. And yes, a well-fitting bra is a must for both comfort and modesty.

  23. LizardlovesCSINY

    Posted by LizardlovesCSINY on July 6, 2012 at 06:42

    Thank you!