2018 Update: We still like this roundup of clothing brands for the curvy professional, but if you’re a busty professional, you may also want to check out some of our other content, including our most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom.
Are there any workwear brands that cater to the professional curvy woman? Reader V wonders…
I’m not plus size – but I am curvy. As in, I hate most clothing stores as I actually can’t fit one size across my boobs but look matronly the next size up. I live in the UK and have recently discovered Pepperberry as a revelation (extra size options for boobs!), but the stuff does veer on the casual side (and the fabrics aren’t always the best). Any other brands catering for the professional curvy girl or is it just getting tailoring?
Interesting question, V! As someone who’s always been large of chest, we’ve talked a lot about workwear for the curvy woman — from curve-friendly blazers to bespoke dresses to blouses for the busty. We haven’t done a roundup recently, though, so let’s take a look. (And Reader V, consider yourself lucky to be in the UK — I’ve always found there to be a ton of great options there!) Pictured: an eShakti dress with tons of customizable options; it starts at $69.95.
Some great brands and online shops to note:
- Pepperberry. As Reader V notes, this is a great brand that specializes in “styles that love your boobs.” I would consider this and its sister site, Bravissimo, to be the OGs of bust-friendly clothes.
- Saint Bustier considers itself the “premier designer for busty women,” and they have a ton of work-appropriate dresses, blazers and more.
- Bitter Lollipop is another UK brand that lets you order by bra size (kind of — you can choose “Busty” or “Buxom” along with a regular size); they don’t specialize in office wear but have a lot of nice dresses.
- DD Attelier focuses more on “busty and trendy” women, but there are some work-appropriate dresses and the like to be found there.
- eShakti specializes in affordable clothes that you can (affordably) alter to suit your needs. You can order by regular size or by custom size, giving them your specific bust/waist measurements. Add a different neckline, a different hemline, different sleeves — it’s all just a few dollars more. Other online stores that let you order customizable clothes include Sumissura, Moi-Même, Mood by Me, Elsa and Me (dresses only),
- Campbell & Kate specializes in white blouses — “form fitting button fronts for D cups and higher.” Nice! Prices start around $160, but don’t forget to check the clearance section for a few lucky sizes. Other brands that focus on non-gaping blouses include Rochelle Behrens’ The Shirt and Marks & Spencer’s “No Peep” line.
- Exclusively Kristen focuses on “chic fashions for larger bosoms.”
- Not workwear at all, but I thought I’d give a special shoutout to Lands’ End for their bust-friendly swimsuits in sizes up to DDD — great support, great sales. (Bravissimo also stocks swim suits.)
Those are the brands that I know about — ladies, do you know of any others? For those of you who are curvy but not plus size, what are your favorite “regular” brands? Any tricks or tips, either for sizing, shopping, or tailoring?
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