Let’s Talk About Cleavage


We all know when it is ok to roll into work wearing something that shows just a little bit of cleavage: Never.

Boob preview is undermining in traditional workplaces. Cleavage alters the way we are perceived. It immediately sends the message of ‘sexy’ and in many cases subordinates awareness of other all of the other wonderful attributes that we may bring to the table. Sexy is distracting. Not only to men, as often thought, but also to other women. Fair or not, bringing ‘sexy’ to work is certainly not the way to win friends and influence people.

Since we know this, why are there still immodest bust views in offices?

I’m convinced that at-work cleavage display has more to do with women not knowing exactly how to elegantly conceal their girls, than their intent or desire to show them off. Some lucky ladies are blessed with post-pubescent bodies that require them to contemplate and manage their bustlines early in life. Others, present company included, are confronted with the issue much later. Breasts grow in our 30s, 40s and 50s, as our bodies change with the fullness of womanhood.

Here are a few simple fixes for staying on the appropriate side of the sexy at work.

  • Layer.  Honor the ‘Rule of Two‘ with a tank or cami under shirts and dresses that have doubtworthy necklines. This creates a polished finish and offers comfortable protection.
  • Accessorize. Seasonally appropriate accessories such as well-coordinated scarves and jackets can help cover curves.
  • Set the foundation. What the bra giveth, the bra taketh away. These days, bras are actually designed to separate breast and minimize cleavage. Proper foundations can be an efficient enhance modesty as well as improve overall confidence, posture, and even reduce back pain.
  • Customize. A good tailor is a great help. Often an inside button, hidden snap or hook and eye closure can modify tops – so they stay open, and closed, in all the right places.

There are fashionable, affordable and attractive ways to conceal cleavage when needed. Of course, when it’s time to bring sexy back, bring it!


About Kali Patrice

Kali Patrice is the founder of The Image Studios, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in branding and image communication. She blogs through “Successful Expression” to share fresh ways to share insights about image, personal branding and self-expression.