Boxy Jackets Are Best Avoided

Boxy jackets and their ugly little brother, the boyfriend jacket, certainly come into the category of what not to wear for big busts.

Do not get me wrong, they can look very stylish and they work very well on the athletic or rectangular shaped figures but unfortunately not us! Put simply, these are bad styles for big boobs. So banish them from a curvy clothing wardrobe.

What You Think You Look Like.....
And What You Actually Look Like

Jackie Kennedy looked great but she was not big busted, it would look very different on you!
Sponge Bob anyone?

Jackie Kennedy smoulders in a style that can look great. She is the pin-up girl for this look and always looked very stylish. However she was not big in the chesticles department and that is the point.

Style is all about wearing what suits and boxy jackets, dear reader (of the generous chest) do not suit your magnificent body shape.

You already own one? It is expensive and gorgeous but you know it looks wrong, is there anything that can be done?

Yes, I will discuss it below (The Solution) but first I discuss the look in more detail.

You Are Not A Cube, Don't Dress Like One

This is not shaped, opt for a fitted jacket instead
A typical boxy jacket

Now I need to immediately say that there are some fabulous, stylish boxy jackets which look wonderful. There is nothing wrong with the concept, per se. The basic problem is that a boxy top can make you lose your curves and become very square, or rectangular looking.

This is a bulky look and bulky is not a word a big busted woman wants to be associated with, so please avoid boxy jackets.

One issue is that this style neither supports your curves or allows you to display those curves. It not only says - square torso, it exaggerates it.

The other problem is that it can look frumpy. It is a mistake professional women can make when in a work environment surrounded by men in suits or jackets. They want to hide their curves but they can end up looking too masculine. 

Boxy Jackets Can Look Frumpy

Double buttons emphasise a square boxy look
Ignore the pattern, it is the cut that makes this a frumpy style

One of the issues with boxy jackets are the square pockets. The military look with double rows of buttons is also very linear. The jacket on the left with two sets pockets and double buttons really emphasizes the point. Equally the horizontal lines should be setting off warning bells for you.

Double breasted jackets are a no know; a top contender for the award for 'what not to wear for big busts'. Know no? No because you should 'know' better. Even the name of the style should give you a clue! It broadens your chest, which is why it is such a popular look in men's jackets. The V neck may well save the day but it is still best avoided.

Another issue worth watching out for is lapels. Opt for small lapels. Large lapels generally add bulk.

However if you still feel the need to get the square look, there is one thing you can do. Get yourself a boxy handbag. Curvy women should avoid slouchy round bags.

The Boyfriend Jacket

This boyfriend jacket seems more fitted but it is fitted for men's shapes not women's.
A boyfriend jacket is by definition too big, hence too baggy for a female shape

The fashionistas will tell you that the boyfriend jacket is very stylish. Possibly it is hip, 'with it', funky, chic or whatever fancy description they can come up with.

The problem with the boyfriend jacket is that is a faux male item and therefore by it's very nature it is big. That means generally it is long, it has large shoulders, big pockets etc. However the main problem is that it is either shapeless or boxy, or both.

It does have the advantage of covering a multitude of sins, but it is still bulky and not very feminine. The disadvantage is that these garments will literally actually make you look like you are wearing your Dad, Husband or Boyfriend's coat. 

Now I know some men like to dress in women's clothing but this is not a field in which you should feel the need to get your own back. Stick to tops that are made with women in mind.



The Solution - The Fitted Jacket

Why wear bad styles for big boobs? Ah but what to look for? Well, One word - fitted.

Hobbs Hallie Jacket, Grey Multi

The Fitted jacket is a wonderful style for big boobs as they mould around your figure. So if you happen to be a master cat burglar in your spare time, don't complain about being 'fitted up'. If you have the time, pop over to the page dedicated to the actress Salma Hayek pictures as there is a section on her in fitted jackets

You should of course opt for a fitted jacket if you are buying new but what if you already own a stylish but boxy jacket already?

The best option is to get it tailored. If you are handy with a needle then this is something you could do yourself. If not, then bite the bullet and get a quote from a local seamstress or tailor. Often times dry cleaning or laundry services also offer this as a service.

The cost of the quote may be higher than you like but if it is a quality jacket and you are not wearing it, it has no value. You are effectively buying a new jacket for the price of the alteration.

Looking for a cheap alternative? Try this little trick. Turn the jacket inside out. Pinch two or three inches, along the centre vertical seam (or where one would be), at the point of your waist and lace a large safety pin up through it.

It is really only a quick fix but if nothing else, it gives you an idea of what the jacket would like like once properly tailored.

See The Difference A Fitted Jacket Makes?

Busty Marilyn understood how to show her figure to best advantage - hence a fitted jacket

Note the collars, the emphasis on the waist, the V necks, the three quarter length sleeves; all are excellent features for big busted women. Fitted means exactly that. You have curves and these jackets fit those curves.

Note also the button placed below the bust line on the fitted jacket to the right. Any pulling will not be across your breasts, which is red flag waving to all and sundry that your bust is so large the jacket can barely contain it. By having a button beneath it, if anything the pulling and button itself will draw the eye down and away.

That button also provides more structure and emphasises your waist, which is always a good thing.

Finally, because I like to end on a positive note. Two more fitted jackets to give you some ideas.

Auliné Collection Women's Casual Work Solid Candy Color Blazer
Jigsaw London Fit Gaberdine Jacket


Did you like this page, did you learn something, maybe it reinforced you own views? I want to give as much (hopefully helpful) advice to the busty sisterhood as I can.

Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Boxy Jackets Suit Athletic Or Rectangular Body Shapes

Sometimes we just have to accept some fabulous stylish looks are just not for us and the boxy jacket is one.

Jackie Kennedy / Onassis was famous for her jackets

"Like most creative people, I don't fit well into boxes."

Laurell K. Hamilton


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