Color Block Dresses for Big Busts

So, Color block dresses for big busts. Yes or No? For me, it is a big yes. These dresses are a very vibrant, bold and stylish look but because they can be so attention grabbing certain styles are very much for the confident or adventurous woman.

They are sometimes termed bi-tonal, two tone or multi-tone and are also close relatives of panel dresses and contrast dresses.

PS Being British I normally always write in British English rather than American English but because it keeps the search engines happier I have sprinkled both variations of the word color, as opposed to colour, in this article.

Color block dress for big boobs
Colour block dresses for big busts

What Are Color Block Dresses?

Essentially color block dresses use of two or three colours, in blocks within the dress. Often called panel dresses they often use linear patterns, primarily squares and rectangles but curved sections can also work well.

The three main types are:

  • bands of colour
  • semi random blocks
  • panels, often running down the side

Technically you could add more than three colours but the general consensus is that you should not. Why? Because those blocks can make you look shorter and wider and that is not a look that many of us would want.

What Are The Dangers of Panel Dresses?

This is a look that can look vibrant and stylish or can resemble a colour clash master class.

This look can be so bold that it actually 'takes over' and the wearer can be swamped.

The other main problem is that those blocks can make you look chunky. Just be careful how they are arranged.

Swinging 60's

Contrast Dresses For Busty Women

The key is to use vibrant modern colours and combine them well to provide a contrast (hence the term contrast dresses) that works but does not jar and that is not easy!

This is best achieved by either:

  • using harmonious colours, next to each other on the colour charts / wheels
  • or by complimentary / contrasting colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel

If you are not very confident of how to use colours in this way, (and many of us are not), then color block dresses are a great choice.

Why? Because some clever designer that really does understand the concept, either intuitively or through testing, has combined the colours for you. However, like all fashion, some things will suit you others will not. The tips in the section below should help.

Sandra Darren Women's Cap-Sleeve Color-Block Fit-and-Flare Dress for busty womenFit and Flare Dress
Calvin Klein Women's Color-Block Fit-and-Flare DressFit and Flare Dresses

Tips For Color Block Dresses

(A) Emphasise and De-emphasise Areas of your Body

It is an old but very important fashion truism that you wear the brightest boldest colours on areas of your body you would like to highlight. Conversely you wear the darker hues on areas you would prefer to de-emphasise.

You may be conscious of your shoulders, bust or tummy so pick a style where the darker sections sit there. The brighter colors will pull the eye away naturally. Equally you may not want to put a horizontal panel across your hips.

This is why some panel dresses can look good on you and others will look wrong. Obviously if you have a feature you wish to emphasise, the opposite applies. The emergence of illusion dresses has really helped in this respect.

Illusion Dresses for big breastsIllusion Dress

I have to say I wanted to use this picture to illustrate my point as it is not a typical wafer thin model. 

The latest development in color block dresses is the 'illusion' dress. This is styled as a monochrome dress but I would call it two-tone. 

It is a classic example of dark colours on the hips and bust which many a busty reader will appreciate.

(B) Use Vertical Blocks to Create Length

It is a well known 'trick' long vertical stripes to elongate your figure. Look out for blocks which are vertical as opposed to horizontal.

One problem with color block dresses is that you can end up looking shorter and dumpier. Forget what the models look like in the pictures, they are almost all tall and willowy. Long vertical sections, particularly of the lighter or bolder colours will always help.

Miusol Women's Scoop Neck Optical Illusion Business Bodycon DressBodycon Dress
Sandra Darren Women's V-Neck Color-Block dresses for big bustsSheath Dress

What I really like about color block dresses is that they are very eye catching. The eye will be drawn to the interesting shapes or contrasting colours and therefore away from your boobs.

I apologise for the wafer thin models in the photos, I far prefer to use photos of normal shaped women but I really wanted to illustrate the variations you can get.

(C) Black works with anything. Black and white is the most obvious, classic, tried and tested contrast but black and yellow or black and red also work well, as do many other combinations with black. In this instance you can often keep to just two colours.

Two tone dress frontNote the belt
Two tone dress backRear views matter!

This colour block, knee length, shift style panel dress has a simple but effective two tone formula. The high neck style and half sleeve may not suit ladies with seriously big busts but the long vertical stripes will elongate and the darker colours on the side panels will do wonders for big hips.

This classic black and white style does not have the curves common on many illusion dresses but still creates a slimmer, taller profile.

(D) Keep everything else neutral. This is a statement piece and you do not want to spoil the effect. So make shoes, bags and accessories match or 'quietly' neutral. Also never introduce bold patterns or prints. Equally, minimise or go without jewellery.

4 colour block dressJersey dress
Best color block dresses for big bustsMaxi dress

On the left a stretchy jersey fabric with four colours, although the fourth colour is less noticeable as it is down the side. It is knee length and is sleeveless with spaghetti straps. Love it or hate it, it is certainly striking.

To the right, a long, casual color block dress. Both these two show how versatile the usage can be.



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A wonderful 1960's look showing the vibrancy and unmissable eye-catching style. 

In fact one danger is that the look can be so bold it literally 'takes over'.

Thankfully this look has returned but in a more sophisticated style and the regular use of a third colour often helps this.



What Is Color Blocking?

Color blocking is when a garment, a shoe or even an accessory, has a number of distinct sections of solid colour. 

It can be just two colours but it is generally three. The look can be found in various garments and / or achieved by combining various items together.

In fact there can be some debate over whether a garment would be termed a colour block dress or not. For example, would you call the sheath dress beneath one? The seller clearly thinks so.

Jones New York Women's Color-Block Dress for Big Boobed WomenSheath Dress
Amazon.com

Skater Dress for busty womenSkater Dress
Simply Be

Are You Looking For An Illusion Dress?

This is the 'illusion' style which has understandably become hugely popular recently.

Illusion dresses are a classic example of how fashion has adopted optical illusions to trick the eye.

This could technically be called a colour block dress but I prefer the term illusion or contrast dresses.

Illusion dressPencil dress
Simply Be

This bodycon dress in ponte roma stretch fabric has a pencil, knee length, 'skirt'. The dark side panels take inches off your silhouette and the long unbroken vertical lines will elongate.



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