How To Wear A Sweater When You Have Big Breasts

Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
As a plus-size blogger, I get a lot of "how do I wear this" questions, but come fall, the one I'm asked most is a common large-chest query: "How do I wear a sweater when I have big boobs?" I'm the first to say fuck the rules when it comes to fashion, but as a 38DDD, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find a piece of knitwear that both satisfies your trend craving and fits across your chest in a comfortable way. And settling for a style that only does one of the two — or neither? No one has time for that.

Here's the thing: Dressing an ample chest for sweater weather can actually be counterintuitive. A loose-fitting silhouette may seem like the obvious choice (we are told to hide, after all). But a fitted option can actually work wonders when it comes to balancing out a bigger chest. For me, this is one area where I welcome a rule or two.

Here's how I wear sweaters all winter long without letting my breasts get in the way.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
I told you: Something fitted is the answer. I love how this '70s-esque turtleneck actually shows off my shape, while the colorblocking at the wrists and neck draw the eye up and out.

Tory Sport Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $195, available at Tory Burch; Tory Sport Wide-leg Track Pants, $135, available at Tory Burch; Eloquii Mary Jane Buckle Heel, $89.90, available at Eloquii; Karen Walker sunglasses.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
When in doubt, either go high or low with your neckline. You might expect a turtleneck to fight with a large chest, but with a fitted silhouette, it actually elongates your body, making your breasts less of a focus. Adding track pants and heels ups the ante, too.

Tory Sport Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $195, available at Tory Burch; Tory Sport Wide-leg Track Pants, $135, available at Tory Burch; Eloquii Mary Jane Buckle Heel, $89.90, available at Eloquii; Karen Walker sunglasses.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
Pro tip: I hate how cheap knits instantly pill where my arms rub. When possible, invest in fewer, better-quality knits. They're worth it in the long run.

Tory Sport Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $195, available at Tory Burch; Tory Sport Wide-leg Track Pants, $135, available at Tory Burch; Eloquii Mary Jane Buckle Heel, $89.90, available at Eloquii; Karen Walker sunglasses.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
Cropped sweaters are a cool-girl staple, but the boxy shape can add bulk to a curvy frame. A V-neck, however, balances the volume with a touch of skin up top.

AYR Mo-AYR, $325 $295, available at AYR; Sarah Chloe Suede Choker, $45, available at Sarah Chloe; Maria Rinaldi pants; J.Crew boots.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
This one's all about the details. An oversized rib is a subtle way to keep the eye from lingering on your chest, as it creates an obvious texture down at the hem.

AYR Mo-AYR, $325 $295, available at AYR; Sarah Chloe Suede Choker, $45, available at Sarah Chloe; Maria Rinaldi pants; J.Crew boots.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
Classic V-necks can feel boring, but styling yours with faux leather leggings and a choker keeps the typically preppy silhouette feeling fresh and modern.

AYR Mo-AYR, $325 $295, available at AYR; Sarah Chloe Suede Choker, $45, available at Sarah Chloe; Maria Rinaldi pants; J.Crew boots.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
Wearing horizontal stripes with a big bust sounds like a huge "don’t." Of course, we don't believe in "don'ts" anyway, but when the sweater is cut close to the body, like this colorful crewneck, the combo becomes a major "do."

MaxMara Mohair and Wool Knit Shirt, $525, available at MaxMara; MaxMara Wool and Angora Skirt, $595, available at MaxMara.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
An all-over pattern draws attention to you, not your chest. (See! It is counterintuitive!) Add more pattern down below for a total look.

MaxMara Mohair and Wool Knit Shirt, $525, available at MaxMara; MaxMara Wool and Angora Skirt, $595, available at MaxMara.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Sturino.
My favorite rule of them all? Trade boring black (which so many of us get stuck wearing all winter long) for look-at-me colors. Let your style shine, because why the hell not?

MaxMara Mohair and Wool Knit Shirt, $525, available at MaxMara; MaxMara Wool and Angora Skirt, $595, available at MaxMara.
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