Tube Tops, Strapless tops + big chest

I have huge boobs, 36DD to be exact. My waist is 27. I have spent my whole life hiding my bod under baggy t-Shirts and sweaters.

I want to get a new wardrobe this spring, and what I would like to buy are tube tops and strapless dresses. I found a few online that I may order. I am not sure if I can pull it off though, I am scared that I will look like Dolly, or, that the top will not fit me right and end up falling or twisting.

How do you get these tops to stay up? Can busty folks wear these and not look bad?

The tops that I am going to order are fitting. I know that it will bring a lot of attention to my bod , but it is better than getting the tops that flare. The latter would make me look 9 months preggo.

Also, how do you ladies deal with the stares and whistles if you are wearing something that compliments your body? I am so new to this. The last time I sported something that wasn't a T-shirt, I got so many whistles and "hey baby" that it made me want to cry (at a Cub Game). I dont know how to deal with it, but it something that I would like to overcome.
Sorry...large breasts and tube tops will always look trampy. Better to wear fitted tank tops with wide straps. You will look ever so much better. Leave the tube tops to the itty bitties.
But I LOVE my shoulders !!!!!!! Big boobs here too.

Last edited by organic; 02-21-2008 at 03:15 PM.
Sorry...large breasts and tube tops will always look trampy. Better to wear fitted tank tops with wide straps. You will look ever so much better. Leave the tube tops to the itty bitties.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree to an extent. I think that there are some larger breasted women that can pull of the tube top look, and strapless as well, but for the most part I don't care for it. Myself, I am too self conscious and I stick to the wider-stapped tanks when/if I wear one.
I don't like the fact that if I wear something a bit more revealing it seems that everyone is just drawn to that area...
I think you can pull it off if you have a very supportive yet invisible bra, and wear something more conservative on the bottom (ie. no tube top and Daisy Dukes if you don't want to draw that much attention.)
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Sorry...large breasts and tube tops will always look trampy. Better to wear fitted tank tops with wide straps. You will look ever so much better. Leave the tube tops to the itty bitties.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree to an extent. I think that there are some larger breasted women that can pull of the tube top look, and strapless as well, but for the most part I don't care for it. Myself, I am too self conscious and I stick to the wider-stapped tanks when/if I wear one.
I don't like the fact that if I wear something a bit more revealing it seems that everyone is just drawn to that area...
Originally Posted by M2LR&Co.
I agree(except I'm not that large). If you are offended by sexual attention, wearing tube tops is the last way to go! You can look cute w/out wearing em. Looks like you're going from one extreme to the other. If you've got really big ones, people are always gonna look. Get used to it, but certain stuff (especially tube tops, low cut tops, etc) is going to attract even more attention.
I think that strapless is actually really flattering for a large chest. Any kind of shirt that doesn't scream "cleavage!" should be flattering. Definitely stay away from halter tops.

My girls are average size, but they don't really "hold the shirt up" ya know? More like my ribcage is what holds it up.

I think shoulders are the most attractive part of a woman's body - good luck!
I have large breasts but a small ribcage (32 F) and I have a really hard time with anything strapless, because it tends to want to "slide" down to fit the smallest part of me, thus dragging the boobage down with it.

I've had the most luck with garments that have some sort of hidden corset thing inside - for example, I have a vera wang strapless dress that has boning (*not* attached to the entire bodice of the dress, just the top) in a corset form on the interior of the garment - so while the inside fits really snugly and doesn't slip down, the outside looks flowy and not clingly (sorry, I'm having a really hard time describing exactly what it does...all I can say is that it's different than traditional boning).

Whew, this is getting long winded and ridiculous! All I am trying to say is that you may need to shop around for the right dress/top - just because a few are bad doesn't mean they all will be!
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I too am a 36DD (or a 32FF) depending on who measures me. I don't consider them huge but I don't do strapless either. Goddess brand bras are fantastic for strapless. I wore one for my wedding. The dress wasn't strapless but had an illusion neckline or something.

Agreed you will need really good support. And a lot might depend on the shirt itself. If it's a nicer look shirt, not from, say, Forever 21, it might look better.
I have a shirt I sometimes wear as strapless. The straps are really small, and aren't needed to hold the shirt up, so I sometimes tuck them in the shirt. It's a more formalish shirt, a burgundy velvet with flowers, that comes up high enough so no cleavage showing. I've never gotten nothing but compliments wearing it, even from some conservative people. I don't think I could pull it off with just any old strapless shirt though. I think it really just depends on the shirt in question.
Big Boobs - hey if the puppies fit in a stapless bra, by all mean wear your tube top while you can. Not all tubes are trashy. I have a few and in my opinion they are tasteful. The few I do have are empire waist with the length hitting my hips - I stay away from waist length or tummy revealers - but thats just me
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