Having a large chest can be a blessing and a curse. When it comes to attracting men, it rocks, but the right kind of men? Maybe not so much. When it comes to fashion, it can be a plus if you are wearing a plunging neckline, but for button-down shirts? Forget it.

They gaped, they pulled, and sometimes those dang buttons just popped right off. All that is about to change. We hope.

A new shirt -- The Shirt -- is being touted by everyone from Oprah to Politico. It has double reinforcing in the bust to avoid the gaping faux pas and was invented by a former lobbyist in Washington, DC. If you hear a loud smacking noise, that is the rest of us hitting ourselves on the forehead. Why on Earth did we not think of this?

Here are the things I have used to try to make button-down shirts work for me in the past:

  • Duct tape (for my boobs)
  • Minimizer bras
  • Safety pins
  • Magnets (yes, seriously)
  • Sports bras
  • Tailors (to bring in the waist of larger-sized shirts)

Finally, I gave up. Around the time my breasts ballooned to enormous F cups after my first baby, I decided to give up the fight. Button-down shirts are just not for me.

Why? Because of "the gape," as inventor Rochelle Behrens calls it. We all know what that means. It's that peek-a-boo pulling at the buttons that reveals far more than we intended. For some, it's even worse.

One time I was wearing a button-down and the buttons popped off entirely. For those of us who know this issue all too well, the shirt sounds like a miracle. Hidden beneath the row of top buttons are secret buttons that reinforce the chest area.

Currently The Shirt is not available widely, but it's starting to gain loyal followers and may soon be at a store near you. As for me, I cannot wait to try it, and when I do, I will report back as to whether it really works.

There is hope again!

Did you struggle to wear button-downs?


Image via The Shirt