Fashion editor Sophie’s tips and tricks on dressing fuller busts in the workplace

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…

There are so many ‘rules’ that have been drummed into us about dressing big boobs – for example, don’t wear frills as they’ll highlight your bust. But I’m not trying to pretend it isn’t there! I love detail on a shirt – I just like to size up as I think frills, ties and bows sit better when they aren’t pulled against the body. I love wide-leg trousers paired with a more fitted top as it suits my shape and balances a top-heavy frame. Oversized blazers are chic and comfortable, and a tie-waist jacket is flattering, too. A square neckline has been a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. It feels more appropriate than a V in the workplace and is an elegant shape.

Marina Rinaldi

Jacket, £396, trousers, £269, and shoes, £332, Marina Rinaldi


Shirt, £70, Boden

Ruffle shirts look best sized up.


Silk shirt, £609, Nynne, Luisaviaroma

Fluid fabrics will skim your body.


Blazer, £119.99, H&M

An oversized jacket is chic and comfy.

French Connection

Trousers, £130, French Connection

A high waist and wide leg balances your top half.

Veronica Beard

Jacket, £590, and trousers, £420, Veronica Beard, Mytheresa 

The ultimate power suit.


Jacket, £240, Samsoe

A belt will enhance your waist.

Free People

Bodysuit, £48, Free People

A square neck is your boobs’ best friend.


Jumpsuit, £99, Whistles

This gives a strong silhouette.

Next up, splash out on (comfortable) swimwear…