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Dressing My Chest!

For those of you reading this hoping for an interesting article on up-cycling your sideboard, you may be disappointed.

Something that has been getting on my t*ts for sometime now is how difficult it is finding clothes to fit me properly in the erm..upper regions of my body.

Some people say I should be lucky to be ‘blessed’ with my chest, but for me it is a curse. You see, I haven’t always been ‘blessed’. I spent much of my teenage years wishing to have something..anything. I spent my twenties being relatively happy with what God had given me. But in my thirties, when I became pregnant with my first girl, they grew..and grew..and never went.

I remember being on holiday with some girlfriends when I was twenty-ish and us being all VERY amused because I couldn’t do the pencil test. Oh how we all laughed and Oh how smug I was. Well, let me tell you, now I could pass a pencil-CASE test with flying colours..

A lovely pair of jugs..
A lovely pair of jugs..

Now, as I approach the end of my thirties, I accept what I have is here to stay. However, Β I am REALLY struggling to find clothes to wear that fit me in the right places.

I often find that I have to buy a size or two up, in order to fit ‘them’ in. The problem with this is that the clothes are often then too big elsewhere and don’t look right. For example, I have narrow shoulders, so an increase in size often makes me look like I am wearing shoulder pads in an effort to be like Melanie Griffith from Working Girl (which, by the way, is a GREAT 80’s film)

Or, if the material is thin and floaty, the top will hang off ‘them’ and then straight down, so it looks like I am in a tent.

And don’t get me started on shirts and buttons… I LOVED a fitted shirt. I can onlyΒ DREAM of the day again where I could wear a fitted shirt without one or more buttons popping off.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not ALL chest. Other parts of me have grown too which doesn’t help the situation. So if I choose something too fitted, it just highlights a vast pair and a vast mum-tum.

What a pretty picture I must be painting for you….so let me distract you with a cute pair of puppies..

A cute pair of puppies
A cute pair of puppies

I am no expert on fashion. Far from it. And I don’t get much time to properly shop and keep up to date with the latest styles around. But what I CAN tell you is that a lot of this summer’s fashion is inaccessible to me.

The Elle website has helpfully pulled together 16 tops which you can go bra-less in – thanks for that Elle; just what I needed. Instyle Magazine tells me that crop tops are in and peek-a-boo lace and backless dresses are soooooo on trend. And when I look through summer tops on many websites, the off-the-shoulder style top is dominating the pages – when I wear a strapless bra, my husband just points and laughs.

Recently I decided to investigate clothes available specifically for ladies ‘blessed’ with ‘generous’ measurements. And I didn’t really find any. I don’t mean the retailers that specialise in larger clothes all round. I mean just for larger chests.

I don’t really know what I expected to find. However, I didn’t expect to not really find ANY. From what I can see, there is only one UK retailer who sells clothes that are adjusted for larger chests, and that is Pepperberry, an off-shoot of Bravissimo.

I wish this was leading on to a lovely review of their clothes, but alas not. I haven’t bought anything from Pepperberry yet to try as they are expensive, in comparison with ‘normal’ clothes. This shouldn’t be a surprise to me, and I am certainly not cross about it, but it does mean I haven’t yet been able to afford to try some of their pieces (which do look really nice)

My Husband works in fashion sales, so I asked him why there is such a price increase for such items. Of course, there is more material, but he said that the ‘blocks’ used by the manufacturers aren’t standard sizes, so Pepperberry will be paying their manufacturers more money to create non-standard blocks to build the patterns.

None of that helps me however, so in the meantime, I will continue to save to have a ‘spree’ at Pepperberry and dream of next summer’s fashion trend being the wrap-around jersey top (watches a pig fly past the house).

I am also considering approaching Paperchase to see if they need any product testers for their pencil-cases….

What a pair of Great Tits
What a pair of Great Tits

Do you have this problem? What styles of top do you find work well for you?

And are there any other retailers out there that can cater for a larger chest?


18 thoughts on “Dressing My Chest!

  1. My sister had a beast reduction when she was about 24. But it’s still a problem for her. I am right at the other end of the scake and no one wear a bra at all. Good luck with your continued attempted to dress your chest! #kcacols

  2. I’m not much help, but your sense of humor on the topic really has me rolling! Haha…pencil case!!
    But seriously, my breastfeeding boobs were soooo perfect! I could seriously go braless in anything-minus the cow nipples…
    Now that my son is beginning to wean, and thus breastfeeding less, they’re beginning to look a little like deflated balloons..

  3. Hahahaha! I remember the damned pencil test. And I’ll tell u – I was so smug after baby nr 1 cos I finally was able to pass it. After baby nr 2….pencilcase time. Pencil case with all the trimmings…protractor, that weird plastic semicircular thingamy that I never worked out what it was for..the full works. #KCACOLS

    1. Haha! Hello fellow pencil-case tester πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and understanding what I was getting at lol!

  4. Aw, man, I spent all my teens and early 20s wishing mine were bigger – then suddenly, bam, baby = no longer being able to get into any of my favourite fitted tops. I helped my own mum clear out her wardrobe not long ago and it seems she had the same problem (alongside keeping every item of clothing she ever owned in her life…). It goes from little lacy things without wire to hammocks in one fell swoop! Lol. #KCACOLS

    1. Ah thanks for reading Jess πŸ™‚ I have kept one of my bras from when I first met my husband. it is tiny! I get it out every now and then to reminisce and me and hubby will just look at it and laugh. It was a very nice tiny Calvin Klein number. Those were the days!! Kathy xx #KCACOLS

  5. I have the same problem with dresses! My ‘normal’ size is sometimes too tight around my chest and if I try a size up, it’s too big around my hips… Annoying, jersey clothes are the solution #KCACOLS

  6. I also wished when I was younger to have a bigger chest not a lot more though. Just s aaverage size. I always used to be the ones that didn’t have as much. I was 32B I think. But yes the same thing happened to me when I got pregnant twice. They grew a lot more! I have the latin shape like Jenifffer Lopez so I have always has a big bottom and not so much chest. But now it is a nightmare because I have a lot of all! lol Although I think I need to lose weight! I hope you find a better store soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thanks for reading Franca! It’s so hard isn’t it?! I would love to have a bigger bottom half just to balance out a bit. Nothing wrong with a Latin shape!! xx Kathy #KCACOLS

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