Dear Fashion Fixer,

I recently returned to work after having my second daughter in May. I am struggling with how to dress in a mainly business casual and sometimes business professional setting with my postpartum body. The biggest issue (no pun intended) right now is my breast size – in pregnancy, I went from a D-cup to an M-cup; since delivery, I’ve gone down to around a J-cup (I admit I haven’t had a bra fitting recently to determine my actual size). So, needless to say, nothing fits well and most of my wardrobe looks sloppy. What should I keep in mind when looking for new pieces to add to my work wardrobe?

Struggling to Dress a Busty Body

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Dear ‘
Struggling to Dress a Busty Body’, 

RUN, don’t walk to the closest professional bra fitter! Girl, you MUST get yourself to one now and you can usually find one at your local department store. The most important undergarment for any woman is a proper fitting bra so with the fact that you have a J-cup, it’s imperative to get properly measured. This will make a HUGE (now it’s my turn to say no pun intended) difference in the way you look and feel in your clothes. Women should get a professional fitting at least once a year because of weight gain or loss, but it’s especially important for someone who is postpartum or has recently lost a large amount of weight.

As for the style of clothes, once you are in your new bra, look for tops that have a print or pattern as this will camouflage large breasts. Also, consider layers. Choose cardigans and blazers in solid colors and layer over your print tops, or wear a solid color column (pants and top same color) and add a patterned or contrasting solid color jacket (see photo, courtesy of Lane Bryant). Make sure to add jewelry, like a statement necklace or earrings to complete your look. You will be stylin’ at the office!

 The Fashion Fixer