I am a woman of minimal assets, and I’m not talking about my government-salaried bank account. God blessed me with many gifts, but breasts weren’t one of them. I suppose he didn’t want me to be spoiled.
Like most small-chested women, I spent my teenage years in padded bras feeling demoralized by my lack of cleavage and my fakery. Don’t even get me started on the things I had to do to compete in pageants; cutlets, stuffing and duct tape, oh my! But short of paying a cosmetic surgeon thousands of dollars to insert gelatinous silicone orbs into my body, there isn’t much I can do about what God and genetics gave me.
I’ve made peace with my less than ample gifts. I no longer feel that I lack something as a woman because my cups would be charitably described as half-full. And why should I? Because Hugh Hefner and his legion of mammiferous ingénues set a sexual attractiveness standard that almost no one can live up to? I think not.
Recently, I’ve noticed that more newspapers, magazines and blogs extolling the virtues of the less gifted. Maxim even named Olivia Wilde number one on their Hot 100, and her cups don't exactly runneth over. Is it possible that the mainstream media might finally be acknowledging that sex appeal isn't directly proportional to cup size?
Last week, The New York Times featured an interesting article which argued that small breasts are actually in vogue. The writer stated, “In recent years, as people’s weight has ballooned, breasts (mostly made up of fat) have only gotten larger, and commensurately bra cup sizes, too. K-cups now exist. Brandishing a tiny bosom may be a reaction to that trend.”
The article also featured a cadre lingerie designers and retailers who are diving into the shallow end of the market. These include Lula Lu, Lailides and Eve’s Apples who specialize in selling sultry lingerie to the smaller-chested. And I, for one, am deeply grateful.
If you're on their smaller-chested end of the scale, and haven't yet come to love your body, here's how to start. First off, buy a sexy, unpadded lingerie set like this one and wear it out on a Saturday night. If you're really daring, wear it under a low-cut tank top so that the sheer fabric just peeks out over the top.
Second, stop doubting every man (or woman if that's your thing) who tells you that you're sexy. Men like women be they large-breasted or flat-chested, men just like women. So the next time a well-meaning boyfriend, husband or one night stand tells you that you're hot don't reply that you wish your breasts were bigger. Try believing him instead.
Third, rejoice in all the fashion styles that you can wear that those women with more ample gifts cannot. Strapless dresses without tug and pull. Halter tops look pretty instead of over-the-top. And the deep-V neck dress can only be worn by B-cups and smaller.
And remember, your breasts aren't small, they're gravity defying. While the big breasted girls will have to lift their tits out of their shoes once they hit retirement age, yours will happily stay in place until you close your eyes for good.
No matter your bra size, the key to looking great and feeling sexy is a bra that fits. Four out of five women are wearing the wrong size bra, do not be one of them. For measurement tips for smaller busts visit Lula Lu's bra fitting web guide. And if you require a professional intervention, Valerie at Coup de Foudre will dedicate 30-minutes of her time to making sure that your girls look their level best no matter what size they are.
Being proud of your body when society tells you that you're lacking isn't easy, but it can be done. We should all be more willing to believe that we are sexy and beautiful just as we are. So while my cleavage may not be good enough for Hef and his smoking jacket clad cronies, I love them. And confidence is sexier than any surgical enhancement that I can buy.
Click to read the article at Capitol Hill Style: Seeing the Cups as Half-Full, not Half-Empty.