Insomniac Sale Picks: Sweaters for Petite, Busty Figures

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Amanda requested a few picks for sweaters that will work on a petite, busty frame, so here we go:

Charter Club Long-Sleeve V-Neck – was $49, now $26.99

This petite sized sweater features a v-neckline, which will flatter most busty frames. The V isn’t too plunging, however, which might make it difficult to style for work. It runs a bit boxy, so is ideal for anyone seeking a looser fit. Available in petite sizes XS – XL in this black and in navy.

Eddie Bauer Soft Scoop-Neck Pullover Sweater – was $54.95, now $49.95

This option features a great scoop neckline – about as deep as the average V, but doesn’t spread too wide across the shoulder line which might make a large bust seem larger. The wide bottom ribbing make this sweater a good candidate for wearing with skirts as this detail makes the overall length seem shorter. Available in this seafoam, heather gray, hot pink, dark brown, mauve, burnt red, black, chestnut, and navy in petite sizes XS – XL. Size availability varies by color.

Jones New York Open Rib Cardigan – was $119, now $66.99

My understanding is that cardigans are challenging on a petite, busty frame. This style won’t work for everyone, but has a few features that might make it a good bet for some. The open-front design won’t cling, straight vertical lines draw the eye up and down, and the length is neither cropped/boxy nor long/boyfriend for a potentially flattering fit on a petite frame. Available in petite sizes S – L.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for sweaters that will work on a petite, busty frame:

  1. Ann Taylor – Most of the petite women I know ADORE Ann Taylor, especially for tops and sweaters.
  2. Macy’s – If Ann Taylor’s styles are cut too small in the bust for you, explore Macy’s options. A much wider variety of styles and shapes.
  3. Land’s End – This retailer can cut big all over, which can mean volume and boxiness, but can also mean room in the bust area. Select your styles carefully if you prefer fitted shapes.
  4. Talbots – Always an extensive petites collection, and sweaters are a Talbots specialty.

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  • http://www.boosaurus.com Christine

    Hm, as a fairly petite and busty woman (5’4 and 28H), this is interesting! None of the options particularly jump out to me as being super bust-friendly, personally (especially the first one, I think you’re right about the v-neck being too short), but that may be because the models themselves aren’t busty or petite, and I have a hard time visualizing.

    I will say that new, bust-friendly clothing company Urkye has a cardigan option, which apparently is an option that works well for busty figures. I’ve gotten to try several things from Urkye, and they’re pretty great!

  • http://www.bralessinbrasil.com June

    As someone who is on the smaller end of clothing sizes but is busty, I have to pass on the link to Urkye’s cardigan: http://www.urkye.pl/en_US/c/Cardigan/64 it comes in a number of colors, is specifically made to fit a small waist and large bust (and actually comes in two different bust size for every waist size). It’s more fitted around the waist too which helps avoid the “tent effect” that sweaters so often give (i.e. that they had down from your bust and cover up your waist entirely). Another place to see is Pepperberry’s sweaters: http://www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/products/tops/knitwear/#/1?show=16&sort=1&exclusive=false&new=false&sale=false they have a wide variety and again they are sized both by waist and bust size (and often have 2-3 different bust sizes for every waist size).

    One other issue that us busty gals so often experience is that the backs on clothing are also too baggy and tend to fan out. I have yet to find a decent sweater off the rack that avoids this (but clothes made specifically for busty women like Urkye, BiuBiu, Bravissimo etc do not have this problem).

    • http://www.boosaurus.com Christine

      June, you read my mind! ;)