I'm a 36H (36G in US sizes) so have not been able to buy button-up blouses or non-stretchy fabric tops for quite a while. (I know the ultimate answer to this is to learn to make them, but until the course I want to take that will walk me through an FBA comes around, this isn;t an option for now.) You know the drill if you're busty - it fits round the torso but not the bust, and going a size up makes you look like Big Daddy in florals. Finding dresses that fit isn;t too difficult as there are a lot of great jersey options out there, but I'm left not knowing what I can wear with some of the awesome skirts I have. I want to start dressing more like a grown-up, and this is making it hard.
Most of the time, with jeans, I tend to wear a plain-coloured T-shirt
(which I'm becoming convinced aren't all that flattering on me as the neckline is too high) or a fitted v-neck jumper - but with the waistband of my skirt sitting on my actual waist, most tops end in an odd place, or look peculiar tucked in. This is a problem as I'd like to wear more pencil and fitted skirts, after realising they suit my shape. I have two or three T-shirts that go with my denim pencil skirt, but I'd like some ideas for other options so I can wear printed or block-colour skirts too.
I also find the kind of top that has gathers around the neckline - like this
- is very popular at the moment but makes me look deformed. Similarly, tops that have a yoke just above the bust
in a straight line, or tops that have 'cups' sewn in. Ideally, something like this
would be great, but not as high-necked and without the large bust/woven fabric fit issues.
I work in a casual office, my style is quite vintage-influenced (I like 40s and 50s dresses a lot, and I like that 'vintage office lady' look) and I'm in the UK - though if there are places in the US I could look at that, as I'm planning to visit in the future. I'm an hourglass shape with a defined waist, although I have a bit too much sand in the front of it at the moment. Any ideas welcome!