||I don't mean to go all Dan Savage on you, but have you considered the idea that maybe people were reacting to the garment itself, rather than your boobs?
My dear God. Look at the thing. It's a fashion atrocity, Chloe.
I'm not suggesting you don't look good in it, mind you. Even if I'd seen you in that '80s-retro... thing, it wouldn't matter much if I thought you or your breasts looked great or terrible; my opinion is probably more subjective than most.
What I am suggesting, however, is that the discomfort you observed in the male engineers might have been the visible manifestation of them thinking, "someone needs to tell her that that weird top makes her look like a fucking freak, but I'll be damned if I'm going to say anything." Compliments or comments from the gay men could have been purely catty-- have you never known a gay man to say one thing to a woman's face and then rip her to shreds behind her back? There is still, unfortunately, a strong current of misogyny in the gay community. And your supervisor? Maybe he figured he could finally afford to dish out a bit of praise, because there was little chance of you undermining his authority or encroaching on his turf or whatever while you were wearing that preposterous garment. Maybe he even felt sorry for you. The silence of your female co-workers? Doesn't that tell you something? From what I've seen, women are quite comfortable commenting on or complimenting a new article of clothing. Unless, of course, it's a fashion nightmare.
Now, I could be wrong. It is possible, though very difficult to imagine, that your co-workers have never ever noticed your tits before, and they were reacting solely to the new and powerful presence of your mammaries. But I doubt it. Very much.
If you want to test the tits theory, try a tight baby-doll tee, or a halter top, or thermal underwear as outerwear, or a cashmere-type sweater that's a little too small. There are plenty of ways to show off your goods without resorting to shock tactics.
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