You may have noticed that October is the designated month when "the girls" are the talk of the town.
But the rest of the year, breasts may be getting a little too much limelight.
A story in the September edition of Ladies Home Journal revealed some thoughts about cleavage and how low you can — or should — go in the workplace. The magazine's etiquette for the office offered a troubleshooting guide to breast management in "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Cleavage" article.
The timely tips caught my eye after hearing a California friend lament that her co-workers' fashion statements have clients — both men and women — feeling like deer trapped in the headlights, blinded by the obvious.
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In the article, Margaret Batting, president of Elevé Style Consulting in Barrington, R.I., reminds readers that "Flaunting your cleavage at the office sends a message that you're not serious about your work."
She suggests the following do's and don'ts headlined below:
Do ditch the low-cut tops and push-up bras.
Don't assume your boobs don't bother anyone.
Do protect yourself from accidental overexposure.
Don't take your fashion cues from celebs.
Batting says the main concern is keeping your actual cleavage — that hollow between your breasts — covered up, but I've found that's not always easy in today's fashion world. For anyone who wants to dress chic and modestly, the two often don't pair up.
Nevertheless, through a search on the Internet, I was able to locate writer and television host Colleen Hammond's website that lists well-known designers specializing in classic and tailored clothing.
In addition, she has a number of links to small cottage industries, larger manufacturers such as Coldwater Creek and some seamstresses, all who offer classic or not so flashy apparel.
It's a cover up that won't make the front page, but with cleavage etiquette awareness, at least we won't be the "talk of the town" — or the office.