Women’s Figure Flattery Guide: Broad Shoulders

May 3rd, 2005

Downplay the width of your shoulders by softening them.

Look for…
  • Set-in sleeves that do not extend beyond shoulder bones.
  • Dark colored tops.
  • V-necklines.
  • Vertical seaming.
  • Balance narrow hips with pockets at the hipline.
  • Jackets & Coats
  • Longer styles.
  • Loose, unstructured jackets.
  • Deep armholes.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Kimono sleeves.
  • Dropped sleeves.
  • Small lapels.
  • Small, narrow collars.
  • Single breasted styles.
  • Notch or shawl collars.
  • Vertical seaming.
  • Tops
  • Deep V-neck tops.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Deep, narrow v-neck tops.
  • Narrow collars and lapels.
  • Cuffed sleeves.

  • Swimsuits
    • Straps that hit at mid-shoulder.
    • Wider straps.
    • V-necks.
    • Scoop necklines.
    • Vertical details.
    • Diagonal lines.
    Run from…
    • Anything that will draw extra attention to the shoulder area.
    • Shoulder pads.
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder.
    • Colorblocking on shoulders.
    • High, closed necklines.
    • Jackets & Coats
    • Double breasted styles.
    • Horizontal detailing.
    • Fitted styles.
    • Wide lapels on collars.
    • Short, rolled lapels.
    • Yokes.
    • Breast pockets.
    • Puffed or gathered sleeves.
    • Epaulettes.
    • Asymmetrical closures.
    • High, closed, round necks.
    • Tops
    • Tops made of shiny fabrics.
    • Horizontal lines at the shoulder, or anywhere above the bustline.
    • Shoulder detailing.
    • Boat necked tops.
    • Square necked tops.
    • Wrap-style tops.
    • Wide collars.
    • Puffy sleeves.
    • One-shoulder necklines.
    • Wide necklines.
    • Halter tops.
    • Swimsuits
    • Racerback suits.
    • Halter necklines.

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