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Dressing a small chest may be challenging at times — bras that never fit quite right and straps that seem to always fall down, to name a few — but a small chest also has perks. For instance, you don’t even think twice about going braless. And you get to experiment with many silhouettes and shapes without worrying about nip slips. In fact, having too many options at your disposal might be the root problem: how are you supposed to narrow it down, anyway?
One place to start with is texture. Look for pieces that feature ruffles, bows, or a voluminous element around the chest area. Or, opt for sleeveless styles — like a high-neck halter top, one-shoulder blouse, or cropped bustier — that highlight your arms. Take a cue from Florence Pugh, who recently styled a lightweight smocked bralette with an A-line midi skirt. Other stylish items for small-chested folks to consider: a strapless top with a feather-trimmed neckline; a thin camisole with rhinestone fringe embellishing the hem; or a graphic pattern with interesting construction details.
For more small chest fashion inspiration, incorporate these styling tricks the next time you’re getting ready and deciding what to wear.
How to dress up your small chest
Slip into a silky bralette, high-neck top, or any intricately designed shirt that places the focus on the garment itself. The “dress over shirt” route is a simple fix to get the most out of your clothes — a spaghetti strap dress layered over a short-sleeved turtleneck dress is a ’90s-inspired fashion hack that never fails.
How to highlight your small chest
If camouflaging your bust area with frills or loud prints isn’t quite your style, then go braless. All you need is some boob tape and nipple covers if you don’t feel comfortable exposing your nipples.
Small-chested friends, keep reading to learn more about dressing for your boob shape and get a kick-start on shopping with our expertly curated picks from all your favorite brands.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak