By Elyse Maloni
Updated: May 07, 2015 @ 12:06 pm
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At the beginning of the season, the '70s-style maxi dress was at the top of my spring wish list. This perfect dress would ideally have long sleeves, be looser in fit, and possibly possess an ethereal quality. But most importantly, it would embody the bohemian spirit that would make Penny Lane herself proud.

But I checked myself with reality: I remembered I couldn't realistically wear this style, because of my D cup-size bust. Peasant necklines and slouchy silhouettes make me look more sloppy than their intended free-spirited aesthetic—all the while adding about 15 pounds to my frame. Refusing to accept this, I armed myself with the mission to find flattering options that actually work with bigger chests. The result? Success.

Boho-inspired maxi dress


Find a printed, fitted maxi that accentuates curves and emphasizes your waistline.

Shop the pieces (from left): Michael Micheal Kors, $150; H&M, $30; Missoni, $2,280;

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Crochet Top + Flared Jeans


Not feeling the maxi? Opt for denim flares and a crochet top. If the top is too loose, half-tuck it into your jeans to cut down on the excess fabric.

Shop the pairings (from left): Topshop top, $70; Stella McCartney jeans, $345; Dondup tank, $389; Zara jeans, $60; Maurices tank, $34; Frame jeans, $245;

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Retro Accessories


If you still feel apprehensive, embrace the trend with retro-style accessories, like round sunnies and lace-up gladiators.

Shop the pieces (clockwise from top): Leith sunglasses, $34; Clare V. fringed clutch, $295; Tomas Maier gladiator sandal, $459;

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