The Observer (Kampala)

8 November 2012

Uganda: Dos and Don'ts of the Cleavage

The line between sexy and slutty has increasingly become blurry, especially when it comes to cleavage matters.

We have since come to accept and enjoy the show, as some guys I spoke to said.

The extent of a woman's exposed cleavage can decide if she is classy or trashy. And we know the differences; so, it is best women took a long look in the mirror before stepping out of their homes.

Whether it's a missing button on your blouse or an attempt to show off the cleavage, you have to be wary of a fashion faux pas. Whatever the case, here are a few tips for putting on a sexy cleavage show.

Avoid the wrong bra size:

Some stores like Woolworth's at Metroplex mall give you an opportunity to fit on the right size of the bra before you purchase. The right bra sizes will then help you decide when or whether to flaunt your cleavage and when to cover up.

Understanding how and when to tap into the power of your cleavage will help you achieve the desired effect anytime, anywhere. Let's face it, sex sells and like it or not, breasts sell beer, chips and chicken because we are more likely to check them out than, say, your knees or collarbones.

Sometimes less is more:

You need to know how much cleavage you can display that is appropriate for your job. In some industries it is appropriate - in fact required - to tune up your cleavage: entertainment and fashion.

Unless your career's success rests on your bosom, it's probably wiser to rely on your other assets at the office. You may end up looking more sexy than professional.

Studies show that women who dress sexily in a professional environment are more often passed over for promotions than those who dress conservatively.

The bottom line is, if you want to get ahead, ditch the low-cut top. However, after work, feel free to flaunt your curves and play up your cleavage when the sun goes down. This is the time to pair a push-up bra with a plunging neckline or, if you are small-chested and daring, go with a sexy backless number and skip the bra.

But be cautious if it looks like the breasts are going to pop out, you just might have gone way too far. Revealing 2-3 inches of cleavage during off hours will get the job done.

False height:

Gravity will eventually win in the quest for perky breasts. And since you can't fight physics without a boob job, wear a well-fitting bra, but skip boosters to avoid an unnaturally high, wrinkled cleavage.

Always flatter your rack:

Regardless of size, your success at putting your best breasts forward is ultimately determined by your clothes. For big boobs, V-necklines and necklaces that hang above the cleavage or down to your midriff are your best friends. Avoid square necklines.

For the less endowed:

Pleating, gathering or beading at the bust will provide a fuller look. Wrap dresses create a flattering shape for petite and larger chests. Achieve a sexy look with a low-cut fitted top draped with necklaces (beads, chains, pearl) and paired with jeans.

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