I am a mid-thirties mom of twins, so I basically have a permanent pooch. I have slowly come to accept this and have been transitioning my wardrobe from tighter, stretchy shirts to ones with more layers and pooch-hiding ability. I loved cardigans over the winter, especially the ones that have the twist of fabric right in front, I wore them almost daily. But now I’m at a loss of what to do for the summer. I live in NC, so summers can get hot enough that more than one layer is almost out of the question. I’m also a curvy girl so need a real bra to support the girls, and have trouble picturing an outfit on me that I can only see on a tall thin model online. Any suggestions?
Hey girl! Thanks for writing in. You are so not alone in the quest for summer fashion ideas that work for pooch hiding and/or bigger bust. We actually get hit up a lot about making trends work for busty or curvy girls without layering on cardigans or cute jackets. And to be honest, it’s hard. My weight fluctuates and I had come to dread summer time because I couldn’t stack up the layers like the cotton camouflage I’ve come to love (and rely on).
But, before I dive into an attempt at answering, I’ve gotta come clean: I feel ya girl, sort of
Like I just mentioned, I am for sure relating on the pooch-front but, I have no idea what it’s like to carry around the big guns, the muchachas, ol’ Bonnie & Clyde. There’s times I am oh-so jealous, but others where I could see those cupcakes being a major frustration point. So, rather than pretend to know the tricks, I’ve hit up all of my relevant friends, sisters, mothers and online-stalked my favorite celebs for style inspiration and must-have favorites. A resounding common theme has been wearing tops that find the waist and hug the curves without accentuating the pooch. You’re all shaking your head — duh OE, duh! But this isn’t just a list of random tops that do that. These are brands that my big busted besties keep going back to. And these are tops that have real reviews from real women that lead me to believe they’re not just hot on the model. I know it still comes down to getting in the dressing room and getting it on, but hopefully this research has paid off.
So, Andra, take these ideas with a grain of salt. And I am just prayin’ that, if nothing else, hopefully I at least provide some inspiration or spark an idea! I want you to find something that you wake up, throw on, and feel damn good in! IMO, I’d rather look great in what’s practically the same outfit every day then worry about switching up my look. So find something you love, stick with it, and work it all up and down North Carolina.
Without further ado…
The Summer Tops Curvy Girls Swear By:
Express Aztec Strip Convertible Sleeve (Buy One Get One 50% Off!): Express is hailed as the big busted girls go-to for button downs. And what’s better for summer casual vibes? They’re nursing friendly and always in style! The reviews on these styles of tops from Express are insanely positive. From postpartum tummy hiding to buttoning over a larger bust without gaping and pulling, they really seem to flatter. And you guys. This print! OMG!
Super Cute Madewell Lace-Mix Top: Trust me, I was like “no way” on Madewell. It’s like the store you shop in right after a cleanse. But, a girlfriend of mine swears by this shirt and all the online reviews second her opinion: The perfect summer top with tons of room for DD bust and a great pooch hiding peplum. And, cap sleeves make any arm look sexy.
Summer Vibes Cap-Sleeve Blouson Top: I’ll just let their description tell you all you need to know, “Flattering fit for every figure, this essential knit top is the perfect go-to item in your closet. The banded hem is slimming, the cap sleeves and wide neck are sexy and the drop-waist blouson silhouette is so easy to wear.” and, it’s in like 4 colors — me’s likes the yellow!
The Perfect Basic Tee: Every summer wardrobe needs a perfect easy basic tee. This one is your best friend if you’re hiding a postpartum pooch. It fits loose in bust, tighter at the waist, and then flairs out! Obviously a little more shape, not quite your “basic tee” but it’s that little bit of shape that gets the job done!
Express’s Original Long Sleeve Essential Shirt: Another Express classic little button down. This chick is classin’ it up with some slacks but I (shocker) would dress it down with some cut-off jorts and some Birks. Maybe a sexy little hat too.
Adorable Little Floral Peplum Top: This floral peplum is made up of very stiff fabric and fits very structured. In other words, it hides all sorts of imperfections and doesn’t cling to the postpartum pooch! I love it in both the white and the black! Just a great summer staple for your wardrobe. PS: Doesn’t look like it on Flatty McFlatterson up there but there’s actually negative reviews about it running too big, and positive ones from the ladies with the girls to take advantage of all that space 😉
Sexy Beaded Halter Top: I loved this beaded halter. The cut and draping is super flattering and the beading is so on trend right now. The flattering elastic waist and pull-on style gives it that effortless wearability and comfort. Plus, just looking at it makes me want to pick up a cocktail as the sun’s going down — what’s more summer?
Chic Banded V Surplice Top: This top was recommended to me on more than one occasion. There is a hidden snap right at the cleavage so you don’t have to worry about pinning it! It’s silky and soft and the dramatic vertical lines of the fabric cut your chest and arms in such a flattering way!
Lace Blouson Top: Ok, one of my favorites. This top has some serious pooch hiding ruching. This is one of the best selling silhouettes from Boston Proper. Long sleeve, yes. But, the light material and lace neckline will keep you cool when you pair it with some short shorts and gladiators for a sexy summer look.
Pattern Blouse From H&M: First of all, the yellow on black and the palm leaf pattern are beyond awesome. And to top that, this blouse is airy with slightly sheer fabric to stay cool and the smocking at the hem is an epic way to mask the postpartum pooch.
On a final note. We would love you to join in! Link your go-to tops for summer (pooch hiding and big bust accommodating) in the comments. If I get enough good reccos I’ll update the post and take all the credit! 😉 Just kidding! But seriously, tell us your favorites!
peace ’n love — OE