Melissa Rauch

Photos: Chris Craymer

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Melissa Rauch, 33
Body Type: Busty and Petite
"I used to wear extremely baggy clothes—lots of jeans and oversize sweaters," says the 4'11" Rauch, who plays microbiologist Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory. "But a few years ago I realized that the tailor is my friend. Pretty much everything I buy needs to be altered: I sometimes go up a size in tops and have them taken in under the chest. I also shop in the junior section a lot and at Forever 21."

What She Knows Works for Sure
Bleulab reversible jeans, Margi Kent shapewear, dresses by Rebecca Minkoff, BCBG ("They really pay attention to waistlines"), and Rubin Singer for red-carpet events.

O Creative Director Adam Glassman's Take

A busty woman looks best in a top that fits her chest rather than hiding it. Opt for a sleek scoop or V-neck like this Boss shirt—boxy shapes and crewnecks will make you appear bigger. More details to look for when choosing a top: darting and a forgiving fabric.

If you're busty...
Besides having a tailor on speed dial, you can build your look from the inside out—the right bra goes a long way to creating tasteful cleavage. Accessorize with scarves and long necklaces. They establish a vertical line that will elongate your shape.

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Beauty Bit

To avoid an over-the-top bombshell look, complement your voluptuousness with minimal makeup but full, lush—and sexy—black lashes, courtesy of CK One Color Volumizing Mascara ($18;

Top, Boss, $255. Skirt, Peter Som, $595. Bracelets, Phyllis Rosie. Shoes, Alejandro Ingelmo.