Buh-Bye Peek-a-boo Bra? Yes, Please!


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

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ZsMommy ZsMommy

Been there-done that w/ safety pins...

But the ad-please-if the fact is button downs gap for endowed women-why advertise with a modestly endowed model?

Polem... Polemomma2010

Sounds great but if you are going to put a post about big breasted women, why do you have someone up there that looks like they have a "B" cup?

Pbutt... Pbuttercup0625

I have this issue as well, and don't buy button up shirts unless I can stick them under a sweater.  But I did find a shirt at Express that the front looks like a button down, but it is totally sewn closed and there is a zipper on the side under the arm.  There is none of the pulling the buttons, or anything and the shirt fits like a dream.

miche... micheledo

Oh PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me it is going to be affordable!!!  I think I would pay $30 or maybe even $40 for a button down shirt that didn't gape (this coming from a woman who only spends $10 and very rarely $25 on a shirt).

I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!

lilel... lilelvengirl

OMG!!! I want one! My step-mom loves buying me adorable button-down shirts for Christmas and I can never wear them because while my chest is a size XL, the rest of my torso is a petite M, and button-downs are an absolute nightmare to fit.

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