Cleavage Concerns

Dear readers,

Before you embark on the literary journey that is this post, I want to make sure you understand that some of these cleavage techniques are designed for when you are putting cleavage and sexiness above comfort. Some of these looks will feature double boob. Some of these techniques may make your bosoms feel squished. But if it is the look you like, the more power to you! That being said, I do not want any disparaging comments made about any of these types of cleavage! So say you’re a “soft hills” type of girl who thinks “butt cleavage” looks trashy and crass and painful. Good for you, but some women actually¬†like that look and want to know how to achieve it, so don’t leave any nasty comments!

Much love!

Robin

Everyone has their own opinion on cleavage. Some like the affectionately named “butt cleavage”, made popular by too-small-cups everywhere. Others like the “soft hills” look that one gets from a well fitted bra that doesn’t have very much umph. Some may prefer the “cakes on a plate” Marie Antoinette shelf-style cleavage. Still others prefer no cleavage at all.

With that in mind, this is not going to be an opinion piece. I think Fuller Figure Fuller Bust’s post on cleavage covered that well. Today, I want to share with you guys how I create the varying levels of cleavage that I’ve described above. As I believe I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty active in a few large-busted online communities (which can be found on the Busty Resources page of this blog), often helping women find their correct size, and answering any questions they may have. A pretty popular question or concern is, “Where did my cleavage go???”

I will admit, this was my major concern when I was first fitted from a 34DD to a 30FF. My boyfriend at the time was very much a boob guy, and loved when I wore cleavage baring outfits. But my new, well fitted 30FF bras… well… they just didn’t provide much in the enhancement area. The problem only got worse as I moved through the bra alphabet. Push up bras begin to disappear around an E cup. Even just PADDED bras begin to be few and far between as one moves past a GG cup, and soon you realize that you may soon have no choice but to wear unpadded bras! For me, the complete lack of cleavage just didn’t fit in with my style. I was not okay with it, and I resolved to find a solution.

Some might argue that when you already have large breasts, why would you want them to look bigger? Well, it all comes down to personal preference. With that in mind, here is how I create each cleavage look!

DISCLAIMER: MANY OF THESE LOOKS DO NOT FOLLOW PROPER BRA FITTING ETIQUETTE AND WILL NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR REGULAR WEAR. DOUBLE BOOB MAY OCCUR.

No Cleavage

Times it’s appropriate: work, professional settings, family gatherings, any time.

Tools necessary:

  • Balconette bra with a high center gore
  • Hhigher cut scoop neck shirt

How to do it: This one is pretty simple. Most cloth bras provide very little cleavage. Combine this with a moderately high cut scoop neck, and you will be cleavage free! You could go with a crew neck, if you’d prefer, but I find that shirts cut too high also emphasize the bust. This plan would also work with a high cut v-neck.

What I wore underneath: Kris Line Jasmine, balconette bra with a high-ish center gore

What I wore underneath: Kris Line Jasmine, balconette bra with a high-ish center gore

Combined with a higher cut shirt, no cleavage in sight!

Combined with a higher cut shirt, no cleavage in sight!

“Soft Hills”

Times it’s appropriate: lunch date, casual outing, really any time other than a very professional or serious setting.

Tools necessary:

  • Lightly padded or molded bra (preferably a plunge, I would use the Freya Deco as my example for this)
  • Lower cut scoop or v-neck shirt

How to do it: This one is also pretty self explanatory. Simply put the bra on, and add a shirt that’s low enough to show a little bit off! Other people may find that the Deco and other padded bras provide too much cleavage, and that they get pushed into “butt cleavage” territory. I’ve never worn a soft cup plunge bra, but judging from how they look on other bloggers and models, I’m guessing that they would work well for the “soft hills” look.

Full disclosure: this bra is a lot too small for me so I had to loosen the straps a lot for this shot. This is how the cleavage looks in the correct cup size (at least for me).

Full disclosure: this bra is a lot too small for me so I had to loosen the straps a lot for this shot. This is how the cleavage looks in the correct cup size (at least for me).

This picture doesn't do the nice "soft hills" look I get in this bra justice, but I really wanted to get this post done! I'll update soon with a better picture of what this looks like in an outfit :)

This picture doesn’t do the nice “soft hills” look I get in this bra justice, but I really wanted to get this post done! I’ll update soon with a better picture of what this looks like in an outfit :)

“Cakes On A Plate”

Times it’s appropriate: date night or a single girls night out, daily in casual situations when you’re open to a little extra boob attention!

Tools necessary:

  • A (preferably padded) half cup bra, such as the Tease Me, Thrill Me, Rhea, or any Ewa Michalak half cup.
  • A low cut, broad neckline

How to do it: The key to this look is definitely in the construction of the bra. The general construction of half cup bras involves three vertical seams which help lift the bust up and out, but they also include a high center gore, which keeps the breasts separate. Something that I find helps increase the shelf look of this cleavage is to pair it with a tank top with a built in shelf bra. Since for the bustier lady, those shelf bras are always too small, the tighter section of the shirt helps push the boobs up more, creating even more of a shelf. This look obviously works best with a low, broad neckline. A v-neck with this look will not showcase the extent of your shelf, and may accidentally show off the center gore of your bra! This is a great look that has little to no chance of double boob.

This is the only picture I have for this look because the light in the clothed picture totally flashes out the nice rounded cakes look! But you can see here what I mean!

This is the only picture I have for this look because the light in the clothed picture totally flashes out the nice rounded cakes look! But you can see here what I mean!

“Butt Cleavage”

Times it’s appropriate: date night or a single girls night out, the bedroom, any time a little extra boob attention won’t get you in trouble.

Tools necessary:

  • A padded or molded plunge bra
  • Low cut shirt
  • Something to provide a little extra padding, if desired or necessary
  • Optional: a clip or safety pin, to convert normal straps to racerback

How to do it: There are a few different options for this one, depending on how much cleavage you’re looking for. The simplest is to put on your plunge bra and add the extra padding. Extra padding could be official push up pads (like those available from Ewa Michalak) or even just a folded up sock. The following steps can lead to slight discomfort, but if cleavage is your MO and you’re willing to sacrifice comfort to achieve some mind blowing “butt cleavage”, these steps will help you achieve it. The first slightly uncomfortable option is to tighten up your straps. That one is fairly obvious. A more effective version of this, however, is using a bra strap clip or safety pin to pin your straps into a racerback shape, preferably without lengthening the straps. The closer to your neck you clip your straps, the more cleavage you’ll have! Double boob is pretty likely with this look, especially if you tighten or racerback your straps. I remedy this by wearing a shirt that is cut in line with the bra to an extent, which masks the boob overflow.

This is the PL Lilia, which is, at it's best, a little small for me. Add in the push up pads and tighten the straps a little more, and it's the ultimate butt cleavage bra.

This is the PL Lilia, which is, at it’s best, a little small for me. Add in the push up pads and tighten the straps a little more, and it’s the ultimate butt cleavage bra.

In an outfit, cleavage that will definitely get someone's attention! Mainly only appropriate for sexy events when combined with a shirt this low cut.

In an outfit, cleavage that will definitely get someone’s attention! Mainly only appropriate for sexy events when combined with a shirt this low cut.

“INSANE PORN STAR BOOBS”

Not for the faint of heart!

Times it’s appropriate: honestly, almost never, but that doesn’t stop me. I use this level of cleavage almost every time I go out clubbing with my friends, or on date nights. But this really is a completely outrageous amount of cleavage, and do NOT follow these steps if you are not prepared for EVERYONE (including straight women) to be staring at your chest all night and whispering, “Did you see that girl’s boobs?!” as you walk by.

Tools necessary:

  • Two plunge bras, at least one of them padded
  • Something to provide some extra padding
  • Racerback clip/safety pin (optional)
  • Bronzer (optional)
  • Very low cut shirt

How to do it: Repeat everything from the butt cleavage section, but with TWO bras on. Wearing two bras will give you the most insane cleavage that you have ever seen in your entire life. If you want the rounded top look that is most common with enhanced breasts, try moving the padding from the bottom of the bra to more the side of the bra. This will push your upper pole fullness more towards each other, and will create that rounded look. This look can be emphasized with the bronzer by brushing some along the top curves of your breasts, dipping down the cleavage slightly in the middle. This contouring creates the illusion of cleavage even on a flatter chested woman (it was used on Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Carribean!). This look will inevitably create double boob, so use it with caution. Remedy the double boob as described above, by wearing a shirt that works with your look instead of against it.

This is the PL Lilia (including the push up pads) underneath the Deco, whose straps I tightened back to a comfortable level.

This is the PL Lilia (including the push up pads) underneath the Deco, whose straps I tightened back to a comfortable level.

Insane levels of cleavage! If I were to wear this out, I would not expect anyone (male or female, regardless of sexual orientation!) to be able to look me in the eye

Insane levels of cleavage! If I were to wear this out, I would not expect anyone (male or female, regardless of sexual orientation!) to be able to look me in the eye

As you can imagine, and as I mentioned before, some of these techniques definitely result in some boob falling out over your bra. But take a look at how wearing a shirt whose cut works with your cleavage instead of against it can help remedy the double boob:

AHHHHHHHHHHHH SO MUCH BOOB EVERYWHERE NO SHIRTS WILL EVER LOOK NORMAL WITH THIS

AHHHHHHHHHHHH SO MUCH BOOB EVERYWHERE NO SHIRTS WILL EVER LOOK NORMAL WITH THIS

With the right shirt, double boob is still a little apparent, but you would never guess that my boobs actually look like the photo above underneath.

With the right shirt, double boob is still a little apparent, but you would never guess that my boobs actually look like the photo above underneath.

And there you have it! All of my cleavage secrets. As I mentioned before, the last two looks are really NOT good bra fitting etiquette, and perhaps I shouldn’t even share them on a blog that is at least partially dedicated to supporting proper fit. But my point of view is, if you know your proper size and are wearing it most often, then there isn’t any harm in occasionally sporting a bit of double boob for a few hours in the name of sexiness if that is your prerogative!

35 thoughts on “Cleavage Concerns

  1. For some reason none of the pictures are showing up for me, and I really wish I could see all of your examples! Nonetheless, great post! I’ve been thinking about doing a post about boob manipulation myself but you beat me to the punch :P

  2. This post was perfectly timed for me :) My boyfriend was just remarking (again) that my new properly-fitting bras have a disappointing lack of cleavage. I’ll have to pull out my EM pads that I tucked away as I don’t really need them!

  3. Funny post! I am yet to figure how to get the no cleavage look. Without a really high neck (crew or boat neck high), a balconette with a high center gore gives me the soft hill look. A full cup minimizes the cleavage somewhat. Anything lightly padded places me in butt cleavage territory! I guess the effect depends on your size and shape.

    • Thanks! I’m sure breast shape definitely plays a part in this! I almost always have butt cleavage too in a padded bra because even naked my boobs are only about a centimeter apart! Same thing as with the insane porno cleavage- if you’re bottom heavy and don’t have hardly any tissue up top, you’re not going to get the same rounded upper pole affect that someone who’s more full on top will get!

  4. BEST POST EVER!!!!!
    I have never thought to use 2 bras, but I have those EM pads and I’m going to wear them out!
    Please, please, please, tell me where that fantastic blue shirt is from! I think I’m in love. :)

    • Haha thanks!! The blue shirt is actually from the junior’s department in Sears!! I got it a few years ago though, so it’s probably not there anymore. But it was only like $10! Just goes to show you should never write a store off just because you think they won’t have anything you like!

    • Haha thanks!! The blue shirt is actually from the junior’s department in Sears!! I got it a few years ago though, so it’s probably not there anymore. But it was only like $10! Just goes to show you should never write a store off just because you think they won’t have anything you like!

  5. This was a very entertaining post! I’ve never thought about creating varying levels of cleavage. I figured it either happened to some extent, or it didn’t. Having just this year discovered I’d been wearing the wrong bra size for years, I’ve been obsessed with correcting all my ill-fitting bra mistakes. Your tutorial has opened my eyes to the special effects I could, if I wanted, indulge in. Whether I have the guts to do it is another matter…

    • Some of them definitely do require some guts!! Sometimes I’ll decide I want to have a boob day and rock some insane porno cleavage only to leave the house and regret it and feel self conscious! But then I remember, hey,I like it. And what you like counts!

    • Thanks!! I’m assuming you mean the blue one, not the purple tank top (which is from Express). The blue shirt is actually from the Sears juniors department, of all places! Haha no one thinks to go to Sears for clothes anymore, but every once in a while if you take a look around you’ll find something! It was only like $10 too!

  6. This is just the best tutorial ever :D I love the fact that you really do put on two bras to make it work, it’s totally creative :D And I’m also one that chose cleavage level a little by the same method as you, but not this advance. Now I have some looks to play with :D

    • So glad you like it!! I regularly dress pretty provocatively, and the barely-there cleavage that most bras give in larger cup sizes was not cutting it! Haha! If I’m known for my boobs, I want to let my boobs be known!

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  9. Thank you for your post! When I finally went to a specialty store (bc victoria secrets bras never fit right) it was such a relief to finally wear a properly fitting bra. I wear this one: http://www.panache-lingerie.com/us/superbra-by-panache/collection/21540720/Moulded-T_shirt-Bra/#colour=21540672#colour=21540672 (Panache Superbra Moulded T-Shirt Bra) but it doesn’t give me cleavage like the photo on the website shows. It does hold the girls in place well but it goes up on the breast higher covering most everything. I love that my back & shoulders no longer hurt and that I’m not slouching as much. The Superbra is smooth and wears well under clothes but it gives NO cleavage. I was soooooooooo sad that they were so boring and that I no longer had cleavage. Which was very strange since I obviously have the breast tissue for cleavage! So thank you again for enlightening me. I do have a question for you or any of your readers, I wear a size 30G in Panache – how does that convert to the other brands? Say Freya or Ewa Michalak? I am interested in the soft hills or cakes on a platter look. :) I’m tired of looking and feeling so matronly!!!!!! THANK YOU.

    • Thank you! Panache can sometimes run firm in the band, and Freya can sometimes run loose. In the Deco, which is what I’m wearing above, you might want a 30FF or a 28G, because the cups run a little large as well. Ewa Michalak you would probably want a 30G or a 32FF in, because sometimes their bands run firm. For the cakes on a plate look, another great bra is the Masquerade Rhea!

      • Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback and your post. I had completely given up hope on the boob situation.

  10. Do you happen to know if these tricks will work on those of us who are small breasted? I have very small, shallow breasts with a wide root, and I would be beyond thrilled if I could actually have cleavage for the first time in my life!!

    • Hm, I don’t know for sure, because all of my smaller chested friends go more the route of embracing the small chest and not trying for cleavage, but they can’t hurt! You might be more successful with the shelf-type cleavage though, if your breasts are wideset. I would recommend maybe layering a shelf/Marie Antoinette type bra under a plunge, or a second shelf bra, to get a more dramatic shelf effect! Let me know if it works out!

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