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What dresses can I wear to tone down my broad shoulders and look more feminine?

Posted on: February 22, 2012

QUESTION: I have a small bust (A/B size) and pretty much male type broad shoulders. I am 175 cm tall. What kind of dresses could I wear to look more proportional and disguise my broad shoulders?

ANSWER: In order to balance out your broad shoulder proportions, the most importnat thing to remember is to wear necklines that are not high. You want styles such as v-necks, cowl necks, scoop necks, that soften the look of your shoulders by drawing attention away from them. Another stylish neckline to try is an asymmetric one, as this works like an optical illusion breaking up the shoulder area. With that in mind here are some ideas for dresses we hope that you will like:

1. Two-tone Mango dressThe features in this dress work on many different levels for your shape. The v-neck detail softens the look of your broad shoulders by breaking up the area. The two-tone dress, with the darker shade in the skirt, draws the eye down and away from your shoulders. The tulip shape skirt balances out your hip-to-shoulder proportions by adding flattering volume to the lower silhouette. A skinny belt creates the look of waist definition. There is also chic ruching and draping around the bust giving the sense of fullness. Whew! So, you can see, that on many different levels the shape of this dress works for you.

2. Zara grey animal print wrap-over dress: Prints are a key summer look. An animal print is a timeless classic. It’s always in fashion come rain or shine. This leopard print dress is in one of your favourite colours – grey. A wrap dress flatters your shape as the v-neck wrapover softens your strong shoulders. The soft fluid skirt balances out your upper and lower proportions and the dress also creates shapelier looking waist definition. This is a fabulous piece with a gorgeous sleeve detail that has a girly and fun feel to it.

3. Topshop fit and flare dressA fit-and-flare dress works a dream on you and is very feminine. The top of this dress has a v-neck shirt detail so this flatters your shoulders. The snug fit will also create a good shape around your bust, fleshing you out a bit. The very full skirt balances out your hip-to-shoulder ratio. This piece is from the Topshop Tall section so it’s perfect for your height. What’s more is that it channel’s the spirng/summer 50’s trend, so if you’re looking for a piece that’ll leave you feeling womanly this is it. Designers also used lace and broiderie anglaise to make statement day dresses for a bit of glam.

4. ASOS red shirt dress: A shirt dress is always a great wardrobe basic and the perfect fashion must-have. You simply cannot go wrong with this no-fuss style. Wear the top few buttons open to create a v-neck detail. This will break up the look of your broad shoulders. This piece has a lovely waist-accentuating belt detail creating feminine definition. What’s more, the midi length complements your height and also draws teh eye down, balancing out your proportions. I’ve chosen this dress in one of your investment colours from your Fashion Fingerprint – true red.

Natalie x

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