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Reader Request: Button-fronts for Ample Busts

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carissa rose shirts

Recently, I’ve had several readers ask about button-front options for women with bigger busts. Button-fronts make blood boil around here, I know, and although I love them for myself I am a small-busted woman with relatively average proportions so they don’t cause me many fit issues. I know from working with clients and hearing from you readers that everything from sloping shoulders to broad upper arms can make off-the-rack button-front shirts fit poorly. Bust size is a key factor, of course, since button-fronts will pull at the placket if the bust is larger than the allotted bust-room. As is the case for most garments that don’t fit off the rack, you can certainly buy a shirt that fits your bust and have it tailored everywhere else … but in the case of a woman with a large bust and smaller waist/arms/shoulders this can mean a virtual rebuild. Mall stores don’t expect us to be big in one spot. If we’re big, they expect us to be big all over. And some of us are, of course, but for those who aren’t it means that garments that fit the prominent feature are often comically oversized elsewhere. The amount of tailoring needed may surpass the cost of the shirt.

Luckily, there are a few button-front shirt options for women with large busts. I’ll share the resources that I’m aware of, and ask you to chime in with more!

Carissa Rose

Definitely my first recommendation for busty women looking for button-fronts, since the company was founded to create shirts that fit curvy women. Carissa Rose shirts aren’t cheap, but my clients love them for their quality construction and design. They’ve got a size chart that will walk you through the measurement process. Shirts are designed to fit women with larger busts and somewhat smaller waists, though all combinations of busts and waists are not available: As bust increases, so does waist though not to the extremes you’ll find in mall stores.

InStyle Essentials

Yep, brought to you by InStyle magazine. I’ve got one of these shirts in my closet and it’s a nice option. I am not the target market since I can buy my button-fronts off the rack, but I can say with certainty that these shirts are on par with a LOFT or Gap shirt. You’ll order by bra size, which can be tricky if you haven’t been professionally fitted in a while, but helpful if you are certain of your measurements. Four styles of shirts, all through 40H.


Although this Polish company focuses mainly on knits, they do offer several styles of button-front shirts. Like the InStyle offerings, shirts are sized by bust/bra size. The sizing chart features UK sizing, so be sure to double-check before ordering and take your measurements in centimeters! This company also caters to women with smallish waists, and won’t fit anyone larger than a 97 cm/38 in waist.

Tom James

A friend and client uses Tom James, a custom clothing company, exclusively for her button-fronts. She’s an investment banker and relies on this style of shirt for her work wardrobe, but is also quite tall, busty with a very small waist, and has kyphosis and very long arms. There are loads of custom clothiers out there, of course, but my client loves this one. The company will connect you with a rep who will take your measurements and help you order.

My busty clients also love Ureshii for custom knits, but the company is yet to delve into wovens. Great stuff and fully custom, but no button-fronts.

None of these options will be cheap, as I’m sure you’ll notice. But if you love this style of shirt or need the option for dress code reasons, one of these vendors could be a great solution and good investment for you. And, of course, I’m dying to know if any of you have other options to share! Are you a big-busted person who wears button-front shirts? Where do you buy or order yours? By all means, share links!

Images courtesy Carissa Rose.

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This Week I Love …


… chartreuse.

This greeny-yellow has been an obsession of mine for over a year now. There’s something about the bright, unexpected, sour-tart look of it that just thrills me. And I’m surprised by how versatile chartreuse can be: It pairs well with neutrals like tan and gray, but also with jewel tones like magenta and purple, and even brights like cobalt. A little tough to find at times – I’m still on the hunt for chartreuse pumps – but worth the effort. Here are some chartreuse items I’m lusting after right now:

chartreuse silk blouse

Anthropologie Silk Top - $59.95

Mmmm, I can imagine this with slouchy boyfriend jeans and chunky sandals or tucked into a structured navy skirt. Love that it’s got a V-neck for easy necklace wearing, and it sounds like it runs pretty generous, size-wise. Definitely on my wishlist.

karen millen pleat lace skirt
Karen Millen Pleat Lace Skirt
 - $99

I saw this lovely skirt on a fellow blogger – and am now blanking on who it was – and was instantly smitten. The lace is denser toward the hem so there’s a very subtle ombre effect. Plus I’m a fool for a pleated skirt, especially one with a nice, wide waistband. And it’s now 50% off. Tempting!

asos chartreuse pants
ASOS Curve Hammered Crepe Pant – $66.69

Just a basic cropped pant, fabulous for summer, and in a nice rich chartreuse. But the clincher for me? They’re high rise. A rarity for ASOS. And this link will take you to size 14 – 28, but they also come in sizes 1-14 regular and 00 -12 petite.

chartreuse sandals

ASOS HANSEL Wedges – $76.22

Fun, bright, summery, and with that chunky platform the incline won’t feel so severe. These guys look like suede, but they’re textile so vegan-friendly! Did you notice this is the second pick from ASOS? They’ve got lots of fun offerings in chartreuse right now including jumpsuits, dresses, and these marvelous pointy-toe pumps.

chartreuse handbag

Alberta Di Canio Handbag - $137

What a gorgeous shape. This color verges on kiwi/apple green a bit, but it’s still in the family. And at 7″ x 11″ x 15″ it’s nice and roomy. Chartreuse can be a very bright, bold color but in a bag with this classic design, it seems more subdued and wearable. Use code HAPPYOOX to get an addtional 20% off through June 19.


Banana Republic Factory Cardigan – $38.49

I didn’t know you could shop the BR Factory stores online until I stumbled across this cardigan. It’s a lightweight linen blend, so even though it’s long it should still work for warmer temps. Love it with white and gray, as shown here.

copertina pump

Kristin Cavallari Copertina Pump – $129.95

Now THESE pumps actually are suede, and a gorgeous rich chartreuse suede at that. D’Orsay detailing is very trendy right now but also eternally elegant, so these will have an of-the-moment feel, but staying power, too. Not a fan of monster wedges or heels? Check out these darling flats in a golden chartreuse.

Do you wear chartreuse? What other colors do you mix with this yellow-green shade? It can be a tricky color to wear – anyone love it, but keep it away from your complexion? Any of these citron and chartreuse items tickle your fancy?

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This Week I Love …

watercolor prints

… watercolor prints.

My two favorite styles of print are opposite from one another: I love a great black and white geometric, but I also swoon over blurry, abstract, organic watercolor prints. And the latter just seems like such a natural choice for the warm, lazy days of summer. Here are some gorgeous watercolor print items that have caught my eye:


Land’s End Slub Jersey Floral Art Tee$29

I’ve been ogling this tee for MONTHS, since I just love the rich colors and simple design. It would be so fun with shorts for summer wear, but will also pair nicely with sweaters and slacks for fall and winter. And, as always with LE, it comes in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes.

Kate Spade Merit Pencil Skirt

Kate Spade Marit Pencil Skirt - $147.20

Such elegant muted tones. Many of which do horrible things to my own complexion, but could certainly be worn away from my face in a skirt. Also love the little pops of turquoise, which would make a teal blouse or sweater look marvelous with this pencil skirt. Size 10 available. More sizes available here for $184.99. Kate Spade also did this print in a mixed media top and pointed-toe pumps.

old navy watercolor scarf
Old Navy Watercolor Print Scarf

Get a load of those lush blue chrysanthemums. This 50″ x 50″ square scarf will look gorgeous with greens and blues but also pair perfectly with magenta, purple, and tan. A great bet for lightweight summer scarf wearing. Also love this watercolor floral scarf from Vince Camuto, in pink/orange, blue/green, and ivory/tan variations.

watercolor plus size skinny jean

Levi’s Plus Size Legging$47.99

Not for the shy and retiring, to be sure, but imagine these with an untucked white tee and jean jacket. Or rolled-sleeve chambray shirt. A gorgeous print, perfectly summery, and great for statement-making. In sizes 16W – 24W.

ivy and blu watercolor dress

Ivy & Blu Multi Color Dot Print Dress$148

Although many watercolors are florals, some are more abstract like this multicolor dot print. With so much white it might be harder to transition this dress to fall or winter wear, but it will brighten up your spring and summer, to be sure. This frock is on the short side at 34.5″ inches in length which may make it ideal for petites or long-waisted figures. In sizes 0 – 16.

jones new york watercolor blouse

Jones New York Petite Cowl Neck Blouse$24.99

And even more abstract but still watercolor-y in nature is this drapey sleeveless top. In addition to being floral, many watercolor prints also feature pale, washed-out colors but this print shows how rich, bold shades can be utilized, too. Only 14P left, and such a bargain! For the flip side, check out this high-contrast watercolor floral from J.Crew – sleeveless silk for $98, and comes in petites and talls.

steven anibel sandal

Steven Anibell$109

“Edgy” and “watercolor” don’t often go hand-in-hand, but with these sandals you can have both. Just add a white tee, distressed boyfriend jeans, and a chunky necklace for a killer summer outfit. Or pair with a Little Black Dress for a night on the town. In US sizes 6 – 10. Couldn’t find many flats but these watercolor rose print ballet flats are cute.

She's Something Else Dress

Modcloth She’s Something Else Dress$157.99

Wouldn’t have expected a longer hemline at Modcloth, but this one runs between 38″ and 42″ in length. That’s a pretty deep V, but could be worked around with a zippy yellow camisole or a few quick stitches to bring the neckline up a bit. I love the idea of pulling the gray from this pattern for a handbag or shoes, but it would also pair well with bold red or a saturated pastel. In sizes 2 – 14.  Modcloth has many other watercolor print dresses and clothes, including several in plus sizes.

Are you a watercolor print aficionado? Any other sources to check? (I expected to find a few at Anthropologie, but struck out.) Do you love watercolor florals or prefer the abstracts?

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