Fashion editor Sophie’s tips and tricks on dressing fuller busts for a special occasion

Our fashion industry has too often been guilty over the years of forgetting that women have boobs – and they need dressing. YOU’s fashion editor Sophie Dearden, size 34E, knows the problems all too well. And she has solutions…

Special occasions can be daunting: you want to look fabulous but big boobs can make an outfit feel revealing. I’m going to be a bridesmaid this summer and my first thought when I tried on the dress was, ‘I won’t be able to look my friend’s dad in the eye!’ But why should I feel bad just for having more bust? So I retried it with a new attitude and now I love it. When shopping for events, I find it hard to find dresses that fit my bust, waist and hips beautifully, so I’m a big fan of separates, which allow you to play with shapes. And sizing up jackets avoids them being pulled apart by my boobs. A nipped-in waist will also stop your bust from dictating your shape.


Top and trousers, £265, Reformation

Ted Baker

Dress, £229, Ted Baker

The belt makes this fit not swamp.

Isabel Marant

Skirt, £670, Isabel Marant, Net-A-Porter

Pair with a fitted top.

Rat & Boa

Top, £95, Rat & Boa

A glamorous way to show off your curves.

Dress, £165, Reiss

Big busts were made for this.


Dress, £445, Valle&Vik

This neckline works with a nipped-in waist.

Phase Eight

Trousers, £120, Phase Eight

These will balance your upper half perfectly.


Top, £85, and skirt, £99, Whistles

This two-piece will fit and flatter.

The Deck London

Suit, £2,200, The Deck London

Invest now and wear forever.