How to show cleavage?

Kat Dennings, star of Two Broke Girls, showed up to the 2012 CBS, Showtime and The CW TCA Summer Party wearing a rather revealing dress. While this particular outfit wouldn’t have caught my eye on anyone else, there are two very big reasons why Kat should have gone with a different option.

A little cleavage can go a long way, but sometimes a big chest can come off a bit tacky. So how much is too much boob? I think a good rule of thumb is if it looks uncomfortable, it’s too much. Seriously, her breasts look like they are suffocating and crying for help!

Get The Look: Rachel Bilson’s Edgy Updo

Now I know this is a problem I have no business writing about (I have fun-size boobs, like fun-sized snickers bars, but smaller). In the past I’ve only been able to feign empathy when my bigger-chested friends complained about their breasts. but I think I finally have a grasp on the problem, or problems as they were. But just as A-cup gals look ridiculous in a halter, women with double Ds need to use caution when dressing, no matter how annoying it is.

Fear not, though! There are plenty of celebs out there who set great fashion examples. Gisele always keeps her cleavage classy, unless she’s modeling skimpy lingerie. Kim Kardashian usually keeps her chest completely covered, but when she does dare to bare, she only lets outsiders have a little peek. In the past, Christina Hendricks was a repeat offender of the too-much-boob rule and often wore bras that shoved her breasts up to her chin. Lately, however, she’s kept things chaste while still remaining sexy.

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What are your thoughts on cleavage? Do you agree or disagree with our view of how much is too much?

Kat Dennings, star of Two Broke Girls, showed up to the 2012 CBS, Showtime and The CW TCA Summer Party wearing a rather revealing dress. While this particular outfit wouldn’t have caught my eye on anyone else, there are two very big reasons why Kat should have gone with a different option.

A little cleavage can go a long way, but sometimes a big chest can come off a bit tacky. So how much is too much boob? I think a good rule of thumb is if it looks uncomfortable, it’s too much. Seriously, her breasts look like they are suffocating and crying for help!

Get The Look: Rachel Bilson’s Edgy Updo

Now I know this is a problem I have no business writing about (I have fun-size boobs, like fun-sized snickers bars, but smaller). In the past I’ve only been able to feign empathy when my bigger-chested friends complained about their breasts. but I think I finally have a grasp on the problem, or problems as they were. But just as A-cup gals look ridiculous in a halter, women with double Ds need to use caution when dressing, no matter how annoying it is.

Fear not, though! There are plenty of celebs out there who set great fashion examples. Gisele always keeps her cleavage classy, unless she’s modeling skimpy lingerie. Kim Kardashian usually keeps her chest completely covered, but when she does dare to bare, she only lets outsiders have a little peek. In the past, Christina Hendricks was a repeat offender of the too-much-boob rule and often wore bras that shoved her breasts up to her chin. Lately, however, she’s kept things chaste while still remaining sexy.

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What are your thoughts on cleavage? Do you agree or disagree with our view of how much is too much?
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9 Simple Tips to Feeling Confident Without a Bra — Plus 4 Myths Debunked

Technically, just taking off your bra is the only step you need to take to go braless. But we know confidence and comfort isn’t a switch. There are plenty of ways to ease into it. Here are six tips anyone can try.

1. Go braless at home first

Start by going braless in your room, then your living room, and even greeting friends at the door to get a small idea of how you may feel in public.

Sounds easy? Practice by not wearing a bra on your morning coffee run or when you take your dog out on a morning walk. Then, skip your bra for nights out with your friends.

Eventually, you can be braless at work. However, we do recommend avoiding sheer outfits in professional settings, unless that’s your work culture.

Don’t go braless when exercising Bras can suck, but sports bras do have their benefits. It’s a matter of securing your boobs so they don’t interrupt your workout or add extra weight by being free. And if you’re an endurance athlete, a sports bra can help avoid nipple chafing. (If you can really go without a bra and want to, put bandages over your nips before a marathon or basketball game.)

2. Go out with a bralette first

Bralettes are less constricting than typical bras and can help you feel more comfortable with no wires and less padding. They can also be a great psychological tool to help make the journey of going braless much smoother.

You can start out with high-quality bralettes that have some elasticity. Or opt for inexpensive, prettily designed ones that are, frankly, flimsy. Eventually you’ll notice it’s no different than going braless. Your bra security may have been just years of bra conditioning.

3. Practice posture

If you rely on a bra to support the weight of your boobs, practicing good posture can help you get support without a bra. When you’re standing up, make sure you’re standing straight with your shoulders pulled back and down.

When you’re sitting down, choose a chair with a back rest that supports your back. Keep your forearms parallel to the ground, your shoulders relaxed, and your feet flat on the ground.

4. Don’t discount nipple covers

Many people put up with uncomfortable bras in order to keep the color or shape of their nipple from being visible. One solution for this is pasties.

Pasties have evolved past the neon, ostentatious colors seen at raves (but don’t worry, those are still available). Look for skin-colored shades at your local drugstore.

Or you can just let your nipples show.

Nipple censorship happens, but there’s no reasoning behind why boobs get banned on Instagram and shamed in public while people with flat chests don’t — except for the fact that feminine bodies are constantly sexualized and masculine bodies are less so. Nobody fusses when masculine people have their nipples out, so why anyone else?

5. Use fashion tape

Tape is the secret to most celebrities’ plunging necklines. In fact, Kim Kardashian once shared that she keeps herself in place thanks to a boob sling made of gaffer tape (which I imagine is a nightmare on your skin when you take it off — but I’ll give her points for creativity!).

To keep your clothes — and your skin — in place, pick up some fashion tape at a drug or lingerie store. This is double-sided tape that’s safe to stick to your skin and help keep your clothing in place.

If you’re going braless and wearing a low-cut top, tape the edges to your skin to keep them from moving. You can also use it between buttons to prevent the fabric from gapping and giving anyone an eyeful.

6. Remember to keep calming your anxieties

When we only see representation of perfectly perky boobs, it can be hard to feel OK with having anything else.

If you feel like you’re too saggy, big, or “not perfect” enough to leave your bra at home, listen to the words of Chidera Eggerue. She’s the creator of the viral #saggyboobsmatter movement.

On her blog she wrote: “If you are having trouble accepting your body, please look at mine and look at how socially unacceptable my boobs are. But also look how bossy, snatched and GLOWY I look!”

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“If you workout, you’ll look like a man!” Honestly I see double sta…ndards in this statement, what’s wrong in looking like a man? Otherwise one always wants to do, be, live, get respect like a man but when it comes to working out! No no no. I call bullshit. If you’re a woman it’s impossible for you to look like Hercules or a professional wrestler unless you take steroids. But with a few weights or machine or yoga it impossible for you to look like that! Also, there are professional women athletes who look like that but do you know how much they train, how meticulous their food intake is also? Yes, working out MAY give you muscles. And muscles are important since they help movement, stabilisation of joint activity and posture. So if you work on having strong, flexible muscle now your body will thank you once your older. And yes, you’ll be a woman with muscles ain’t nothing wrong with that! Whatever body you have it’s okay! But you have to not live in fear to think “oh I can’t workout because I’ll look too bulky, or less womanly” Nope nope nope. Workout because when you reach 50 (if you make it there) you don’t want your body to hurt in doing simple things like sitting or walking. Also, women workout on your upper body as well don’t only train your legs and men don’t only work on your upper body everyone likes a good booty regardless of sex and gender. 💙 Happy Sunday, loves! . . Practice daily. Stay safe. Stay humble. #mussoorie #SoloTraveller #Healing عرض المزيد

At one of my presentations the other day on why ‘Your Image is your Business’, the conversation on cleavage in the workplace sparked a healthy conversation. We are seeing much more cleavage in the workplace today because the average dress size of a woman is sixteen. Plus professional bra fitters have told me that an E cup is now the new C cup – so ladies, times are a changing.

Simply stated – cleavage should never make an appearance in the office unless it is part of your job description. You want to stand out for your job success and not your triple ‘Ds’. Basically the general rule of thumb in the corporate world is that a woman’s shirt or dress should land two inches above their cleavage. So if we follow that simple rule … your breasts or cleavage line should never be exposed.

According to a survey done on bosses, low cut tops are a woman’s biggest career mistake and 20% of managers admitted to firing an employee for dressing inappropriately.

Now when you look at it from the other side, some women feel showing cleavage can attract unwanted attention, slut shaming and sexual harassment. The Canadian National Council Women’s Advisory Committee estimates that approximately 90% of female employees will face some type of sexual harassment in the workplace, with young and unmarried women at the highest risk.

Since the Cami Secret and the Cleava have made their way into the market place, women globally now have the opportunity to feel like their needs are finally being addressed. These simple cost effective pieces now make is super easy to get dressed and head out the door without being self-conscious about your puppies:) Because ladies, your intellect shouldn’t have to compete with your cleavage.

If finding a shirt that buttons up properly without pulling is a challenge, then try buying a larger shirt making sure that it fits perfectly on the shoulders. The shoulders is how we measure to ensure that your garment is aligned with your body type. Then take the shirt to your seamstress and have it tapered under the bust line in the front and the scapula or shoulders blades in the back for the best fit. I often send my clients to a mens clothing store to buy the best quality shirts because their shirt fabrics are superior to women’s shirts. Just make sure that the shoulders fit and then everything else below the bust line can be altered. If you have a string-bean or rectangular body type, this is the perfect option for you!

I hope that you found this helpful, and if you would like additional resources on learning more, then check out my boards on Pinterest for some great ideas, or just contact me at Linda Ferguson Designs.

‘Never show too much leg or too much cleavage at the same Time’

And now, shocking statistics have found that a third of women have been reprimanded at work for what they wear.

Yes, you just read the above statistics and yes, it’s 2017.

A UK study has revealed that 30% of women have been cautioned at work for wearing ‘revealing clothing’, with 35% saying they had specifically been told off as it was a “distraction to male colleagues”.

2000 women were surveyed with participants saying they were left feeling angry and embarrassed by the complaints.

This survey follows the new study, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, which claims women who show cleavage in the workplace are seen as more “powerful.”

The women who had five or six undone blouse buttons were seen as the most powerful and forceful, the report summarised.

The Project hosts, Gorgi Coghlan and Waleed Ali, addressed the findings that evening, with Gorgi saying: “In all honesty, I was really annoyed about this study today, I’m sick of studies about what women wear.”

Her dismay isn’t unfounded. In the 21st century, when women are fighting for equal rights and equal pay in the workplace, in the same year as the biggest women’s marches in recent history, we’re being told to unbutton our shirts in order to be taken seriously.

It’s a total, utter slap in the face.

And, while we have you: this is just one of the many studies published in recent years which subjects women to sexism in the workplace.

In 2016, research found that women who wear ‘sexy’ clothing at work appear more intelligent, in 2014, a study found that men were more responsive to a woman who was wearing heels over flats, and in 2015, it was revealed that women who don’t wear makeup are more attractive than those who do.

Side note: That final study isn’t saying women look better if they’re natural, more so that: “if you put make-up on an unattractive woman it won’t make her more attractive than a pretty woman without make-up.”

Surely the world’s leading academic institutions have bigger fish to fry, and better uses of their time, than months spent figuring out whether a woman should wear a skirt or pants to their 9-5?

And it’s not just the studies women have to watch out for, either. Just last year, receptionist Nicola Thorpe was sent home from her job for refusing to adhere to the office dress code policy of wearing high heels to work – and that, my friends, is legal.

She proceeded to start a petition calling for a ban on ‘sexist’ dress codes. Though Thorpe received over 150,000 signatures, the change was rejected by the UK Parliament and employers can still force women to wear high heels in the workplace.

“There will be young girls sitting here watching this tonight, or who might have read about the study during the day, and I worry that the message they’re getting is that to show off some cleavage, that’s the way to have power and success in your professional life,” Waleed Ali pointed out on The Project last night.

What message are we sending to the younger generation? Yes, Wonder Woman is incredible, and the film broke box office records, but check out the length of her skirt?

How about we drop this conversation altogether, stop the ridiculous studies, and let the workplace conversations instead focus on intelligence, dedication and hardworking ability.

May 29, 2007 — — The weather’s getting warmer and necklines are dipping lower — sometimes, too low.

From the beach to the mall to the office, women seem to be showing off their cleavage more than ever before. Why? According to Elisabeth Squires, author of “Boobs: A Guide to Your Girls,” American breasts are getting bigger while shirts are getting smaller.

“We are seeing more cleavage these days for a few reasons. First, the fashion of the day is tight and skinny. At the same time, women are bigger than they were even 15 years ago. Bra fitters tell me that an E cup is the new C cup,” Squires said on “Good Morning America.”

“We have to remember that while more women are showing more cleavage, you really have to use your breast power responsibly,” Squires said.

What’s Appropriate When

What looks sexy for a night out on the town may not be appropriate in the workplace. In fact, Squires said cleavage should never make an appearance in the office.

“It’s way too big of a distraction for men and women,” she said. “If cleavage isn’t in your job description, don’t put it in.”

But that doesn’t mean breasts should stay hidden. According to Squires, the appearance of breasts can help women in the workplace.

“A recent study showed men photos of women in a workplace with large breasts showing cleavage, medium breasts and small breasts. When asked about who looked most professional and personable, the men chose the women with medium-sized breasts,” she said.

“You don’t have to be flat-chested to be taken seriously,” she added. “You just have to be proportionate. For women who are small busted, that may mean a little padding. For well-endowed women, that may mean a minimizer.”

Squires suggested that women also keep things respectable at family events, like a kids’ soccer game.

“This is not the time to show off your girls,” she said. “Your children should not have to compete with your cleavage for attention.”

Night is prime time to bring out breasts, but Squires suggested women treat their cleavage as part of their outfit — not a focal point.

“You can certainly be a bit more daring,” she said. “This presumably is adult time, and cleavage is powerful. This is the time to use it. But they should be part of your whole look.”

Pregnant women are an exception to the rules. Squires said because pregnancy gives breasts a boost they might not have otherwise, women should show them off.

“During pregnancy you should celebrate your breasts. For some women, that’s the only time they have cleavage,” she said. “Obviously you don’t want to go nuts. But cleavage on a pregnant woman is just different — live it up a bit.”

Squires said women of a certain age can still show off cleavage, as 61-year-old Helen Mirren proved at the Oscars.

“It has to be integrated into your entire look,” she said. “If a woman of a certain age squeezes her girls together, she’ll get the wrinkled, crepelike look. That’s not good. But if you’re older and you wear a scoop neck and you have beautiful, what the French call decollete, that’s great.”

Tips for Every Woman

Squires offered advice all women can heed to make their breasts look better:

Don’t be in bra denial. The average woman changes bra sizes at least seven times in her life. Get fitted and accept your number and cup size.

Think outside the bra. A strong back and shoulders — good carriage — makes your whole body look better, including your breasts. Don’t concentrate so much on your underwiring. Concentrate on the rest of your body.

Be good to your girls. Breasts are unique, and the truth is that men love them all. Be more accepting of your body. Most women think breasts only come in two sizes: too big or too small. It’s not true. They’re beautiful; be good to them.

You can find out more about Squires’ book on her Web site, www.booksonboobs.com.

Click here to learn more about a recent study on breast size perception and satisfaction.

Click here to learn more about a recent study on the effect of breast size on perceptions of women.

In defense of the cleavage and why women flaunt it

Looking beyond commercial cleavage, even cricket, our unofficial national sport has benefited from cleavage. Despite the Indian women’s cricket team debuting in 1976 (first test against West Indies), it was the on-air innings by Mandira Bedi’s cleavage that truly married women and cricket. The curious can check the channel TRPs to satisfy themselves.

Cleavage also changed the reading habits of the Indian women – and some say even men – forever. From the days when the leading magazine used to be the beaten-housewife-special or something with 20 recipes for tiffin-boxes, the 21st century is all about the fun, fearless female. If Cosmopolitan – unimaginable without a cleavage cover – taught the women to flaunt it and get the men by the (eye)balls, Sex and the City caused another revolution. It made cleavage, Carrie and confidence, synonyms of each other.

Yet when a woman shows cleavage in office, it’s her women colleagues – while the men meekly peek over their computers – who will dish out the most rabid, caustic comments. If a woman showing her cleavage is a sign of empowerment and her being “comfortable with her body”, why does it get such reactions?

Before you read further, what do you think of:

1. why a woman shows off cleavage?

2. women showing cleavage are asking to be leched at?

3. women showing cleavage are characterless?

NEXT PAGE >>> Is there something called an innocent cleavage?

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It’s no secret that the world out there is quite competitive today. One of the surest ways of making headway in the rat race is to stand out of the melee. People do many things to stand out.

Some put all their achievements – even if it’s winning the poetry competition in kindergarten – on their resumes. Others upgrade their cell-phones or cars with subsequent pay rises. Journalists cover the windshield of their cars with the stickers of all the companies they’ve worked in. Rich people have extravagant weddings to show they’ve made it. The Rule of Showing Off clearly states that if you have it and want others to know it, you have to flaunt it.

Yet if it’s a woman who has it and flaunts it, she’s had it. Perhaps the only others to get equal or more flak are the men who eat steroids for breakfast, pump iron that’s more than their body weight and wear body-hugging clothes that show off their bulges. Personally, have heard myriad reasons to why a woman shows cleavage.

From women with boyfriends/husbands who have the charming quality of checking out other women, “I show mine so that his eyes are only on me.” From women who have recently lost weight or undergone liposuction, “I worked hard to get this body, why shouldn’t I show it?” From women who have other ‘hot’ women friends, “I don’t want to look like a dowdy cow when with them.”

Whatever be the reason, the cleavage conundrum seems to start and end with ‘looking’ a certain image, an image that perhaps gets attention even if it does not necessarily ask for it. And yet, if showing off is about well, showing off, why give the cleavage such a hard time? The answer – or something like it – came from a survey conducted amongst friends, colleagues and readers. A 155 people – both men and women – responded with some interesting reactions.

The question asked was, “Why does a woman dress provocatively” and the answers were:

1. She likes men leching at her (8 per cent)

2. She doesn’t want her man to look at other women (7 per cent)

3. She does not like other women looking better than her (11 per cent)

4. She likes looking hot and wants to feel good about herself (56 per cent)

5. She wants to keep her man on his toes by reminding him that she can get any other man she wants (18 per cent)

Despite 56 per cent saying women dress up for personal pleasure, majority agreed that women needed to look ‘hot’ to feel good about themselves. A cleavage, unfortunately, is considered ‘hot’.

Till the time the sexual connotations about a cleavage don’t die – will they ever? – men will look and label and women will continue flaunting their cleavage and pulling up their necklines when the looking gets too much to handle.

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