If you find most of blazers and jackets pull too tightly across your back, or shoulder seams land above your shoulders, you might have broad shoulders that are wider than your hips. When dressing for your broad shoulders, the key is to balance your proportions through the clothes you’re wearing. Keep on reading for our 5 ways to flatter your broad shoulders.
- Pick a flattering neckline and sleeve cut.
Having broad shoulders doesn’t mean you can’t wear sleeveless styles. Sleeveless cuts cut diagonally from your shoulders to your armpit can be great to balance your proportions. However, skip those tube tops, halter dresses, and off-shoulder blouses that will only emphasize your shoulders. Instead, go for a flattering neckline like a deep v-neck to draw the eye away from your upper half and create length. You can also look for pieces that have design details along the V neckline to draw the eye towards your center while softening your shape. A classic wrap dress, button-down shirt dress, and scooped neck tops are perfect to flatter your body type.
- Go for tops or dresses nipped in the waist.
Look for tops that nip in at the waist to add shape to your torso as showing off your waist will draw the attention away from your broad shoulders. Opt for dresses with empire waists, A-line skirts that float away from your body, and crop tops that highlight your waistline to give you the opportunity to show off your waist. Dresses nipped in at the waist while having gathers or drapes on the hips can also be perfect to show off your womanly curves naturally while downplaying your broad shoulders.
- Embrace flares on your hemlines.
To balance your broad shoulders, go for flared hemlines. Boot cut or wide-leg pants will create balance between your lower and upper halves while a full or A-line skirt will create volume and balance your shoulders while adding a touch of volume and movement. You may also go for fit-and-flare dresses and A-line style that will look flattering for your broad shoulders.
- Color-block your outfit with blazer, jacket, and coats.
Color blocking can be a great means to highlight or downplay your body parts. Remember, light colors highlight while dark colors conceal. However, you may top your outfit with a dark or light colored blazer as long as it will create a high contrast when worn together. Monochromatic style may be timeless, but it wouldn’t work perfectly if you’re intending to downplay your broad shoulders. Also, choose jackets that are structured at the waist with darting or a belt and have wide lapels. Jackets that hit at the hip-bone are the most flattering for your body type.
- Wear a statement necklace to draw attention away from your shoulders.
Wearing statement necklace like a bib necklace full of jewels, or a chunky gold necklace will draw the attention to your center, therefore, downplaying your broad shoulders strategically. Just go for necklace styles that flatter your personality and be creative in mixing and matching your outfit to create a bold statement that will turn heads.