I am well-endowed and find it hard to find a flattering dress

I am well-endowed and find it hard to find a flattering dress
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I am well-endowed and find it hard to find a flattering dress. What should I wear for a sexy yet classy look this festive season?

If curvy American actress Christina Hendricks has taught us anything, it is that being full-chested is an asset - provided you observe a few rules.

First, steer clear of high necklines. While you might want to cover up, high necklines mean there is no break between your neck and bust, thus making your bust appear even bigger than it is.

Instead, go for boat-neck or scoop-neck dresses that are sleeveless as these will balance your proportion by making your shoulders seem broader.

Or take advantage of the fact that you have enough on top to hold up a strapless dress.

This style brings the attention to your shoulders and face, and away from your bust. But make sure it fits well or you may find yourself having to tug on the dress constantly.

Another dress style to try is one with a V-shaped neckline, which helps to elongate your body. Make sure it dips no lower than the middle of your bust area, or about four inches from your neckbone, to keep the look tasteful.

Avoid stretchy and clingy fabrics, such as jersey or silk, as they will emphasise your assets. Opt for fabrics that drape but do not cling, such as cotton, linen and polyester-mix fabrics.

When choosing accessories to complete the look, go for earrings rather than necklaces as they will draw the eye away from your chest area. Go for bigger stud earrings, which will frame your face, instead of dangling ones that point straight to your chest.

If you love necklaces, pick chunkier ones that spread across your chest rather than dainty chains that nestle smack between your bosom, emphasising your bust line.

This article was first published on June 26, 2015.
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