Work Wardrobe for Petite Busty Gal

Q. I am a 22 year old student working at a bookstore. Some days I work in the cafe where our uniform is all black, and others I work on the book floor where the uniform is dress/business casual, basically just no jeans. I am 5’1" and a size 16. I want to look unique but professional on the book floor, and also need some color! I am having trouble because I love the girly bows and knits and vintage looks out right now, but don’t want to look too young because of my stature. One other concern I have is that I have a large chest, and don’t want to have a lot of cleavage showing, but don’t want to be completely covered up in a turtleneck.

-Black & Color

A. You have to be careful if you’re petite and busty with bows and ruffles that can add extra bulk and attention. I adore that you want color since one job requires an all black wardrobe. I stuck with top choices in a variety of styles, all bright colors and no turtlenecks. And always wear a good supportive bra that is smooth under your clothes – it can make a big difference in how your clothes fit.

Modal Scoopneck Tee w/ Flirty TiesSatin TrenchStudio 1940® layered metallic sweater Rocawear Brown Knit Houndstooth Trim Belted Top

1. Modal Scoopneck Tee w/ Flirty Ties, $66 at kiyonna.com

2. Satin Trench, $99.50 at lanebryant.com

3. Studio 1940 layered metallic sweater, $26.99 at fashionbug.com

4.  Rocawear Brown Knit Houndstooth Trim Belted Top, $58 at torrid.com

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