How to Look Sexy Without Showing Any Cleavage

Bust out the seduction factor while the girls stay locked and loaded.

Cleavage: It’s one of those things that is so often associated with femininity and sex appeal. But what if you’re a gal that, for whatever reason, prefers to keep her bust line under wraps? Is there a way to appear flirty and free while still leaving something to the imagination in that department, or are you doomed to a frumpy future? Well, if you said, “No, no! Don’t take me to Frumpytown,” then here are a few options that could be a perfect solution for you.
 

Todd Gummerman
 

Todd Gummerman

Go for a Body-Con Shape
Covered-up can still be super sexy if you show off your overall shape with a body-hugging dress. Black is a really slimming choice for a body-con, or you can do a fun pattern to give the look a little more punch. Body-con shapes that are a little longer with a higher neckline will keep you sophisticated and covered while staying firmly in sexy territory.
 

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Give a Peak of Midriff
Forget about the skin above the bust line for a bit and give a peak of midriff instead. Even if it’s only an inch or two, a two-piece outfit or a featured cutout will draw attention to an area other than the chest. Plus, especially in the colder months when flashes of skin are rare, a bit of midriff will be unexpected and steal the show.
 

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Try a Skater Dress
A skater dress goes in at the natural waistline and flares out at the bottom for a feminine shape. A defined waist is always sexy, and the overall fit and flair of this dress style will pump up the drama. Plus, skaters tend to have higher necklines than other categories of dresses—perk!
 

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Let Your Legs Do the Talking
I am a firm believer in dresses that reveal either leg or tasteful cleavage, but not both. For me, it can get a little too Pretty Woman to have everything out there at once. So if you keep the chest covered, go for mile-high legs instead. Of course, tall heels can help achieve this look—especially for those of us girls who fall below supermodel height!

Show Some Shoulder
The times that I’ve felt my sexiest, I’ve usually been in dresses that were highlight a good amount of shoulder. There’s something about a neckline that features the neck and collarbone area without exposing the bust line that really adds a sensual feel. You can go for a strapless dress with a higher neckline or an off-the-shoulder number—either way, you can’t lose!
 

Todd Gummerman
 

Todd Gummerman
 

Todd Gummerman

See, that doesn’t sound frumpy at all, does it?

Even when you find a dress that flaunts your sexy side in all the right places, don’t forget that a confident attitude is what really makes the difference in how sexy someone looks and feels—and, thankfully, you don’t need to be any particular bra size to fit into that!


Laura Gummerman is the crazy cat lady who pens The Band Wife Blog and is a staff writer for A Beautiful Mess. She resides in Springfield, Missouri, with her musician husband, Todd, and plays mamma to two kitties in between Netflix binges. She is currently waiting for her next pizza fix (which she hopes will be soon).

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How to Make Boring Button Downs Look Crazy Stylish

You style maven, you

Okay, Okay, we’ve all done it before. You go to your closet, grab a button down shirt to wear, finish getting ready, and when you look in the mirror you think, “Wow—this looks so boring.” A button down shirt can be such a mark of cool sophistication (think Audrey Hepburn on a day off) or carry an easy-breezy “I just threw this together, but it still looks great” vibe (think Lauren Conrad). But if you don’t style it right, these shirts can also look pretty dull. To avoid an uninspired result, I have three ways that I like to style mine:


The basic button down: The basic solid button down is the style most in danger of becoming boring or frumpy. First, make sure that your shirt is a good cut for your body—tailoring goes a long way with wardrobe basics. Roll up the sleeves a few times for a more relaxed look since a plain button down can sometimes appear a little stiff-looking. The other key to a basic shirt like this is in the accessories. A cropped skinny jean with heels and a casual clutch take this look from basic to polished in a few seconds flat.


The loose flannel button down: This shirt is something of a staple for the younger half of Hollywood on their days off. While this look can sometimes swing a bit too casual and look a little truck stop, a few key details can bring the look to a more stylish place. Go for an oversized loose fit on the shirt, but don’t go so big that the shirt is wearing you (this is a great choice). Add some classic details like a streamlined heeled boot, classic sunnies, and a modern clutch or purse. For an extra nod to the ’90s grunge era, opt for a skinny jean with a bit of wear and tear to complete the look. Your shirt and jeans say “cool and casual,” but your other pieces say, “I totally have a real job and contribute to my 401k.” A balance of both worlds is key.


The printed button down: To add a little more fun to a structured button down, go for a fun print to bring a little personality to the piece (like this one!). Buttoning the neck to the top and keeping the sleeves down bring a clean sophistication to the look, but the print still keeps the overall feel light and happy. I like to unbutton the last few buttons on a fitted button down, tie the two ends together, and wear a high-waisted jean or skirt with the top. It’s just another detail that keeps the button down from wandering into Snoozeville territory.

Of course, you can do a few other things to jazz up a boring button down (like button it to the top and wear a chunky statement necklace under the collar), but these are a few surefire ways to make sure the button down never veers into (gasp!) boring territory.

Photos by Todd Gummerman

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