by Catherine Q. O'Neill
Getty ImagesMalin Akerman rocked one heck of a boob window at this year's People's Choice Awards: No mere cleavage frame, this baby actually had panes. I still haven't decided whether I love it or hate it (or just can't stop staring at it), but I do give her major props for making it all the way down the red carpet without a single slip. I asked stylist Deb Waknin (who dresses Sofia Vergara and Christina Hendricks) for tips on staying similarly contained--as well as chic--while putting the girls on display.
Mind the gap. Try to leave about an inch and a half of space between your nipple and the window, advises Waknin. "That gives the wonderful illusion of showing a bit of breast, but not enough that you're exposed," she says.
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Ditch the double-sided tape. If you need tape, you're either wearing the wrong size or showing too much, says Waknin.
Ditch the cleavage, too. "Breasts should never come together to the point where they touch--it looks forced," says Waknin. "Leave about two fingers' worth of space between them for the prettiest effect."
Wear a bra (if you can). "La Perla, Natori, and Wacoal make great demi bras that are cut low enough so that they won't show," says Waknin.
Choose the right fabric. If you don't want to wear a bra, find a dress with heavy, structured fabric. "It can work like a built-in bra," says Waknin. "But always wear Petals."Consider the length. If you're large-breasted, showing a lot of breast and a lot of leg can make you look boxy, says Waknin. The most flattering length hits at the knee (like Akerman's above) or just below it. "It will make you look long and lean regardless of your height," says Waknin.