How to Dress if You are Top Heavy (2023)

If you are top heavy, this could mean you have a full bust and carry most of your weight above your waist. It could also be because you have broad shoulders (or have the inverted triangle shape), which makes your upper body appear broader compared to your hips and legs. When dressing as a top heavy woman, the main focus is finding little ways to create balance to the body. Even if your body isn’t naturally balanced, you can dress in a way that gives the illusion of balance which allows your shape to be enhanced beautifully.

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Favor V-Necks

Necklines play a big role in how we look. They are especially critical for women who want to make their top to appear more slender. It’s common for top heavy women to want to stay away from open necklines like a v-neck, in fear that it may show their chest too much.

Of course this is a valid concern, but the truth is v-necklines are one of (if not THE) best and most flattering style for a top heavy body type. As tempting as it may be to wear crewnecks to “cover up”, those styles tend to accentuate a top heavy figure, bringing ALL of the focus to that area of the body.

Instead, when you opt for a more open neckline like the ever flattering v-neck, it breaks up that space around the neck, elongating the shape and drawing the eye up towards the face. Now, if you don’t want to show too much cleavage or fear the necklines may be too low just air on the side of caution when adapting v-necklines into your wardrobe. The ‘v’ doesn’t have to be really low in order for you to achieve the benefits from the silhouette.

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Wear Pattern on the Bottom

One really simple way to achieve balance to the top heavy shape is by wearing any prints or patterns on the bottom half of the body and keeping the top half more neutral. Doing this brings more of a pop to the bottom half, which is what will visually create more of an hourglass aesthetic to a top heavy woman. This can be applied with skirts, pants, shorts, and even dresses. Don’t hesitate to adapt this styling hack into just about every outfit you style – if you so choose to do so.

Wear Bold Color Bottoms

Drawing attention to your bottom will distract the eye away from your heavier top, a smart strategy for women who are self-conscious of the top heavy shape. The easiest way to do so is to wear a bold color bottom. If you are into bright colors such as red, yellow or orange, wearing them in your skirts or pants will for sure draw the attention to your bottom, instead of your top.

If you are not a big fan of bold and bright colors, you can still use this strategy by wearing a bottom which is lighter than your top. This will serve the same purpose to make your bottom the focus of the outfit, thus camouflaging the heavier top.

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Have Proper Fitting Undergarments

Everyone has heard time and time again that proper fitting clothing and bras is important, but when you’re top heavy, it’s something that should be even more of a focus in regards to your wardrobe. Because your chest is a more predominant part of your body, the foundation pieces you wear play a major role in how the rest of the outfit looks and lays on your figure. Always get properly fitted for any bras you own and wear, and remember that the sizing can (and does) change often so it’s important to get re-sized and fitted fairly frequently. If you want to make your boobs look smaller , then it is critical to wear proper bras that can smooth out your chest to balance out the top heavy impression

Wear A-Line Shapes

Another simple, effortless way to achieve balance to a top heavy body type is by choosing different silhouettes to wear. One of the best silhouette for a top heavy shape is the a-line. Not only is it a classic and easy go-to choice, it’s guaranteed to add just enough volume to the bottom half of the body to visually balance the top half. Begin to favor a-line dresses and skirts to adapt this figure flattery shape to your own personal style.

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Fit to Your Chest First

Women of all shapes and sizes struggle finding clothes that fit them perfectly right off the rack, tops and dresses are an area that tend to be of particular struggle for those with a top heavy shape. Many style experts suggest one trick to getting the fit right in your clothes. The trick is to choose pieces that fit to the hardest (or largest) part of the body FIRST, and then get anything else tailored as needed. So in the case of being top heavy, if your chest is the hardest to fit area as you begin trying clothes on focus on the fit there. This will make it much easier for clothes to be tailored and lay on your body the right way.

Define your Waist

The top heavy often leads to many tops and dresses that fit around the chest and are extremely loose and baggy around the waist area. The problem with that fit is it tends to emphasize a top heavy figure and adds a lot of bulk to the waist. This is why finding ways to define the waist is really important. Not only will adding waist definition avoid adding bulk to the waist, it helps to give your shape more balance and ensures you’re not drowning in fabric.

Much like any other style tip, there’s a variety of ways to add definition around the waist – it really depends on the look you are trying to achieve, and the rest of the outfit. A few simple examples include: adding a belt, tucking in a shirt to bottoms, favoring clothes with clearly defined waistlines, and wearing high waisted bottoms. Just to name a few!

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Be Cautious with Crop Tops

It’s obvious crop tops are a major trend right now, and while it can be fun to try out different trends of the times – crop tops aren’t the best style choice for a top heavy figure. The problem crop tops provide to a woman with top heavy shape is that they bring ALL of the attention to the top half of the body. Not only that but they shorten the torso which has a tendency of making the top half appear wider and larger than it already is. Longer, traditional length tops are a much more flattering choice for this body type. Anytime you can add a bit of extra length to the torso area, you’re on the right track to enhance the body.

Avoid Ruffles and Embellishments

Anytime you wear something that has ‘extra’ detailing to it – it brings more focus to that part of the body. In the case of a top heavy body, it’s wise to avoid a lot of detailing in garments that rest around the chest and shoulder area for that reason. In many cases, details like ruffles only add bulk and weight to the top half. However, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid fun embellishments and ruffling details altogether. In fact, if you wear these things on the bottom half of the body it can create the illusion of balance to the body. It’s really all about placement when it comes to these types of things on clothing. So if ruffles are one of your favorite things to wear, swap a ruffle top for a skirt (for example) with ruffles.

Go Easy with Oversized Top

This may be obvious at this point in the list, but because oversized silhouettes are such a trend right now it was worth mention how it relates to a top heavy figure. In short: it’s not the most flattering silhouette. And this is primarily because oversized shapes tend to add boxy volume to the top half of the body, which only further emphasizes a top heavy body type. Of course, if the oversized look is something you enjoy you can certainly wear it an enjoy doing so. One way to flatter your shape in the shape is to add some structure to it, whether with a belt or structured blazer worn over.


What should I wear if I'm top heavy? ›

Opt for a wrap bodice or layers (open jacket over a tank) to provide structure over curves. Opt for tailored pieces instead of clingy knits. Avoid ruffles, full sleeves or lots of embellishment at the bustline. Look for face-flattering details to draw the eye up: a turned-up collar, great earrings, flattering haircut.

What body shape is top heavy? ›

Heart. The heart shaped generally has broader shoulders and narrower hips and can be described as a top heavy body shape.

How do you dress if you're too heavy? ›

Wear fitted clothing to flatter your figure.

Look for shirts that have darting or shape to them so they skim your body. For pants, choose a straight-leg, bootcut, or tailored look. However, avoid a relaxed fit or trouser pant. For skirts or dresses, look for pencil, a-line, or fit-and-flare options.

What does it mean if you're top heavy? ›

Meaning of top-heavy in English. If something is top-heavy, it has more weight in the higher part than in the lower part and will not balance correctly: The main reason the ship capsized was that it was top-heavy.

What clothes make you look skinnier? ›

  • Buy new underwear. ...
  • Choose a V-neck. ...
  • Wear one color head to toe. ...
  • Use bodysuits and swing tanks as smoothers. ...
  • Stick to no-waist dresses for belly camouflage. ...
  • Add some height. ...
  • Only put volume where you need it most. ...
  • Pair your plain black pants with a statement top.
27 Aug 2020

What should you not wear with big bust? ›

  • High-necked tops or turtlenecks make the upper body seem shorter.
  • Tops and dresses with flounces and ruffles can make the bust look bulkier.
  • Shiny fabrics or glittering applications accentuate the breasts even more.
  • Tops and dresses with spaghetti or neck holder straps offer little support.

How should I dress if I have a belly? ›

Wear loose tops, T-shirts, and tunics.

A loose piece of clothing on the top is a great choice if you don't want to show your belly. It's important not to be too extreme by wearing something a couple sizes too big. This is a popular mistake that only makes the body look bigger. An open jacket will finish the outfit.

How can I hide my belly fat? ›

How to dress to hide belly fat
  1. Do not wear tight clothing on your belly, favouring “smart” draped tops instead. ...
  2. Wear leggings or skinny jeans with longer tops, also draped or with asymmetric cuts. ...
  3. Create vertical lines with long cardigans, slim fit coats and long blazers.

What dress suits big stomach? ›

Dresses with a draping element around the tummy area often work. Asymmetrical dresses work well too as they draw attention away from the belly and create a vertical line. Dresses that don't cling and which also have patterns are also great to hide the tummy area.

What kind of figure do I have? ›

Body Shape Calculator & Measurements Chart
DescriptionWidest part
HourglassA well-defined waist with even hips and bustBust Hips
Inverted triangleTop-heavyShoulder Bust
RectangleEven measurements without much definitionShoulder Bust Waist Hip
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Why am I big at the top and small at the bottom? ›

If you have an “apple-shaped” body, your weight accumulates around your hips and abdomen. You are wide on the top but small on the bottom. Sometimes you may feel like your limbs look like they belong to a more slender person.

How do you choose a dress that suits you? ›

But there are strategies you can use to learn more about the clothing that works for you.
  1. Look to your own closet. Think about the clothes you have that make you happy. ...
  2. Find fashion inspiration. ...
  3. Create a fashion mood board. ...
  4. Create a capsule wardrobe. ...
  5. Experiment with unique style choices.
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What is the most common female body type? ›

The most common body shape is a rectangle, which makes up 46% of women. A rectangle is a woman whose waist is less than nine inches smaller than their hips or bust. Next are the bottom-heavy 'spoons', whose hips are two or more inches larger than their busts.

What should I wear with big thighs and hips? ›

Loose tops that fall over the thighs stretch the silhouette. Wide or straight-cut trousers make the thigh appear slimmer. Skirts and dresses in A-line emphasize the upper body and conceal big legs. Patterns and bright colours in the area of ​​the upper body distract from the thighs.

How can I quickly look 10 pounds thinner? ›

Use these tips from Luciani and Harriett Cole, creative director for Ebony magazine, to look slimmer instantly.
  1. Wear the right bra. ...
  2. Use color strategically. ...
  3. Don't squeeze into too-tight clothes. ...
  4. Try a new style of jeans. ...
  5. Pump up accessories.
2 Jul 2012

What is busty body type? ›

Identify the characteristics of your busty bod.

Busty women may have: A wider back. Full arms. Softer shoulders. A defined waistline.

What is a figure 8 body shape? ›

She talked about a variation of the stereotypical hourglass called the Figure of Eight body shape. The characteristics of the 8 figure are: Shoulders are curved and are relatively as wide as your hips/thighs; Waist is distinctly narrower than shoulders and hips/thighs (8 -10 inches smaller);

What does Apple body shape look like? ›

The Apple shape is characterized by shoulders and bust that are larger than the hips and a waist that is not well defined. Apples often have shorter necks, narrow hips and great legs. This body shape almost always wears at least one size bigger on the top than they do on the bottom.

What is adrenal body type? ›

The Concept of an Adrenal Body Type

The depiction of an adrenal body type is a person with relatively healthy-looking arms and legs who has saggy lower-belly fat. The problem with this depiction is only naturally skinny people, like a Vata body type, are going to express adrenal dysfunction in this manner noticeably.


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