(INSTAGRAM // solenn)Growing up with a strict Filipino mother, modesty was always the best policy. Nothing too short, nothing too tight, and absolutely nothing low cut. But as I grew up, I learned to love my body for what it was, and wore clothes because they fit me well, and I looked good in them. I started buying clothes that I loved and stopped shopping according to other people’s expectations. Why try to please others when you’re the one who’s going to wear the clothes, not everyone else? When I discovered my body type, I learned that v-necks and low cut tops balanced out my broad shoulders. From there, I learned to dress according to my shape, but it wasn’t always smooth-sailing. Cleavage-baring tops and dresses are categories hard to navigate when you grew up with a conservative wardrobe, especially if you’ve been taught that any kind of cleavage makes you look trashy. It’s true that too much exposure of your chest will be perceived as tasteless. But the trick is cover up in other places so you’re not showing off your entire body. A good rule to live by is to show off either your legs or cleavage, never both, unless skimpy is the look you’re going for. One celebrity that seems to have mastered the art of the classy cleavage exposure is Solenn Heusaff. Known to be more daring in terms of personality and style, she is never one to shy away from showing off her figure, making her the appropriate role model for today’s topic. Whether you were A’s or Double D’s, there are plenty of clothes out there you can give the girls the attention they deserve, without appearing indecent. Here’s how Solenn does it:
Tip #1: “Cover up” with a long-sleeve v-neck
(INSTAGRAM // solenn)An simple way to put the spotlight on your rack without going overboard is finding a long-sleeve blouse with a v neckline. Whether you choose to wear a cleavage enhancing bra underneath or not is up to you. What a top like our Asymmetrical Wrap V-Neck Blouse does is put the focus on your boobs while covering up the rest of your top half, making your outfit modestly sexy. Opt for a choker to keep things simple while creating a triangular shape as a focal point for your cleavage. If you haven’t got a long-sleeve blouse with a plunging neckline, no worries. Using the same concept of covering up your arms when wearing a boob-centric top, finish the outfit with a blazer, denim jacket, or maybe a cardigan.
Tip #2: Wear overalls
(INSTAGRAM // solenn)Got a corset or a bustier top you want to wear? Contrast any lingerie-looking items with something playful, like overalls. This childhood staple balances out the overall sexiness exuded by the bandeau or tube top. Plus, it’s honestly one of the best ways to wear overalls as a grown-up. In case you’re wondering what kind of silhouette to go for, think Wide Leg Vintage Denim Overalls.
Tip #3: Throw on some high waist jeans and an oversized shirt
(INSTAGRAM // solenn)Crop tops are best with high waist bottoms like jeans, but something you want to keep in mind is how revealing your crop top is. What Solenn did with her bralette looking top was quite clever, pairing two conventionally feminine and sexy items (heels and deep v crop) with traditionally masculine clothes (ripped jeans and a shirt). While the concept seems like it would clash, it actually works in a cohesive manner. What happens is that the overall outfit doesn’t end up being about your cleavage, which is a major bonus for those that feel uneasy about showing off their chest. And it doesn’t have to be a plain white shirt like Solenn’s, as an Oversized Plaid Shirt would work just as well.
Tip #4: Wear your hair down
(INSTAGRAM // solenn)Perhaps the easiest way to provide a little more coverage around your boobs is by letting your hair down. Beach waves are a great way to dial down the seductive nature of your cleavage without losing the overall sex appeal in your outfit. So, just keep that in mind the next time you’re styling your favorite bodysuit or a Bustier Crop Top on your next night out. And if our short to medium-haired sisters are feeling out of this one, don’t fret! You can always experiment with hair extensions. Have any other suggestions for showing off that cleavage with revealing too much? Leave your tips in the comments below!
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.