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The Hottest Red Carpet Accessory This Week: Questionable Cleavage

07/31/2013 at 12:22 PM ET

Red carpet boobsStartraks; Splash News Online; BEImages

We are big proponents of the saying “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” — within reason, of course.

So after seeing three stars this week cross that reasonable line, we felt the need to call out Kate Upton, Tyra Banks and Paula Patton for abusing the privilege of having phenomenal décolletage by putting it on display in a less-than-fabulous manner.

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We can’t fault supermodel Upton for wanting to try the sheer trend, but when your chest requires you to wear super-supportive undergarments, it’s best to show off other assets under gauzy fabric — like a killer back or great legs. Even a plunging neckline would have been super-sexy, but this peek at her hardworking nude strapless number totally negates the allure of the sheer style.

Banks’s cardinal cleavage sin? Pushing her gals up so high that she risks a total knockout with one wrong move. Looking saucy is one thing; looking like you might suffocate is quite another. One final thought: If you do find that your earrings are grazing your breasts, it may be time to swap out the earrings or the pushup bra. Or both.

Finally, Patton makes the mistake of just going for too much. A good rule of thumb is to expose top cleavage or underboob — showing both can be overkill. Add a way-up-to-there slit and the look is head-turning, but not for the right reasons.

Tell us: What do you think of these ladies’ latest looks? How would you tone them down?

–Alex Apatoff

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BBB on

@Jane, hahaha I LOVE pointed shoes. However, I have small feet so I actual like that they elongate my foot and, thus, in some way, my legs as well. To each their own!

nunya on

Gross. I see tyra has gotten into plastic surgey..gross..and kate upton is so pretty but this is stupid…and paula patton is beautiful and has a fineass husband so what does she care

Cccg on

“A good rule of thumb is to expose top cleavage or underboob — showing both can be overkill.” Really? How about “A good rule of thumb is to show little to no cleavage.”

DHendricks on

Many celebs believes that breasts are more important than any other part of a woman — including hair/makeup, dress & shoes, what she says and how she speaks, and certainly more important than what’s on the inside. Some would be puzzled if you told them a woman can be beautiful and sexy without displaying as much of their breasts as the law will allow, and only rarely will you see them at a formal event without LOTS of boob. We all know who they are, and we know who they are NOT. For example, can you imagine Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Helen Mirren, or Katie Holmes wearing an outfit like this? And tell me if I missed a news flash, but I don’t recall the infamous KK (now trying to drop her pregnancy lbs) showing the kind of pride in her pregnancy or her baby that she shows for her breasts. When was the last time you saw her where the first thing you noticed WASN’T the chest rack? (OK, other than the flowered drapes she wore at the Met Ball.) All I’m saying is that we all know where the class-and-elegance line is drawn, so “Happy Breasts are here again” shouldn’t be a surprise any more. It’s almost become a contest as to who can show the most, and I don’t even see all that much embarrassment over nipple slips and commando-flashes. Very sad. If I thought a bra drive would help, I’d start one myself.

granny2nine on

Pontoons !

Dylan on

HATE IT!!! We tried to gain respect years ago and these women turn back time to make women look like brainless sex objects. I always said a woman could look appealing in a turtleneck!! Can’t stand today’s standards.

katty on

Tyra is a “supermodel?” She looks terrible. I don’t think she’s very pretty. Paula Is ALWAYS beautiful. No matter what. Sorry, she just can do no wrong. And Kate looks fine to me? Maybe poor dress choice but that’s merely opinion…she’s still beautiful.

Thats Tyra? on

That’s Tyra Banks???? Whoa, what has she done to herself, not good. I didn’t even recognize her.

Tracy on

What happened to Tyra Banks? Wasn’t she supposed to be a super model? You surely cannot tell in this picture…Gross

jsp81355 on

Holy mackerel, talk about bazookas. These three ladies have got it going on. That dress that Kate Upton is wearing is doing her no favors. She is a gorgeous woman and needs to find another stylist.

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