Recently, I was wearing my standard uniform on my ranch — jeans and an open cowboy shirt over a spaghetti-strap tee — when my husband commented that I had “particularly tasteful cleavage.” It made me blush a little but smile a lot. Hey, I’m 53 and I’ve still got it. Why shouldn’t I flaunt it a little? Why shouldn’t you?
Though there’s more than one way to flaunt your cleavage — a shirt button left undone, a V-neck dress, a bathing suit — when it comes to showing off your assets, there are a couple of things to consider.
Get a Good Bra
A well-fitting bra is a must — and don’t hold back on buying something pretty. Most department stores and specialty lingerie boutiques offer a comprehensive fitting. Most women are wearing the wrong-size bra, and most are keeping their bras way too long. Also: Bras have come a long way. From more high-tech materials and styles that actually consider the female form, from push-up bras and plunge-line bras to balconette and self-adhesive adjustable-cleavage bras, there are many more styles and fits than ever before.
If you’re looking to show a little cleavage, know that there’s a new, well-fitting, better bra out there with your name on it. Take the time to get properly fitted, be OK with plunking down a few hundred dollars, and feel great about putting your boobs on display.
Pamper Your Décolletage
If you’re going to show off your cleavage, you must pay attention to your décolletage. The skin from the bottom of your neck to the top of your cleavage is vulnerable to sun damage and wrinkles, more so than even your face. The skin here is thin and has fewer oil glands than your face, so treat it especially gently, with a fine-grain exfoliant and moisturize it daily.
If you want to go the extra mile, when you’re getting ready to go out, put on your top or dress, fold a paper towel over your clothing’s neckline, then use a light concealer matching your neck and face to cover blemishes. Avoid using foundation — it will end up on your clothes. Instead, pat on matte powder or powder with a slight shimmer or apply a little bronzer, starting in the middle of your chest and work outward to blend smoothly.