Women with sizable breasts are all too familiar with the annoying gap that happens when wearing button-front shirts. To help prevent shirts and blouses from puckering or gaping between the buttons, here are a six tips to help make a button-down shirt work for you.
Buy the right bra. We can’t state the importance of this enough. A properly fitted bra is essential for all of your clothes to fit well. Check out these tips for measuring your bra size and finding the right fit.
Find a button-front shirt that fits well and doesn’t pull across your chest, even if it’s too big everywhere else. Take it to a tailor to have the rest of the shirt properly fitted. Your new “custom” shirt will be well worth the extra $10 or $20 for a proper fit.
If your shirt fits fairly well across your chest but still gaps, use invisible double stick clothing tape to help prevent the puckering. Or for a more permanent solution, you can try sewing a small piece of velcro in between the buttons.
Try wearing a pretty camisole under your shirt, or try a clip-on cami that attaches to your bra. Unbutton the buttons that are gaping for a quick fix.
Add a button where you need it. Most shirts come with an extra button. Take this to your tailor and have it added right where you need it. Or, try one of these decorative Bosom Buttons, which are gem-like pins designed to help keep shirts closed, no sewing required.
Look for shirts with spandex for a better-fitting blouse and avoid gaps altogether.