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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

QUESTION: I am recently single and trying to find a few dresses to go on dates with that are sexy but not too sexy. I can’t spend designer money. I have boobs so can’t wear a high neckline. My greatest asset is my waist. It’s quite small compared to my bust. The obvious choice for women my age (38) is DVF but I think her wrap dresses epitomise middle aged women.I’m trying to dress young but not too young, sophisticated but not too old. P.S. I love vintage 50’s pencil and 40’s type clothes too. Flirty skirts etc. My favourtie are skater dresses but they are very hard to find with a low neck line and sleeves. As I hate my upper arms.  I love Roland Mouret. but I dare not attempt to buy the cheaper versions as I know the skirt will not be long enough and then I’ll just end up looking to overtly sexy because of my figure.

ANSWER: Hello and thanks for contacting us. It’s lovely to hear from you. Fashion is a fabulous post-break-up must. You certainly know how to dress your shape by the sound of things. With that in mind here are some ideas for dresses we hope that you will like:

Look 1:
OK. I do KNOW that this Monsoon dress has no sleeves. Your pet hate. BUT. It’s gorgeous. And you can vamp it up to give a younger edge to it, and we can hide your arms. Firstly, The shape is great for you. The jersey fabric and low V-neck will flatter your décolletage and the fit and flare accentuates your lovely defined waist. Style this dress with a fitted jersey jacket which acts like a cardigan (see links below). Accessories can take a ladylike look and turn it into something completely different. For a youthful touch, toughen up this dress with a studded skinny belt from Topshop, a Topshop statetment cuff and these ultra cool Zara sandals (if you’re happy in a heel). You could also style this with a very fitted cardigan, wear the belt over the cardi and add a cool leather biker jacket. (Mango has a bright red one for a bit of a bold colour clash).

Look 2: 
A skirt and blouse combination channels that 40’s look. This lace Zara pencil skirt is both chic and sexy and works a dream with your shape. Style it with this fabulous Mango black blouse. Wear it unbuttoned to create a flattering V-neck. You could swap the fabric belt for a coloured skinny belt (like red) to exaggerate the defined waist effect. Wear this look with a fabulous coloured pointed court shoe.

Look 3:
Well, it’s not quite Roland Mouret. But Pepperberry is an ingenious label that caters for ladies with larger busts. This dress is the perfect little black dress, with an all important 3/4 length sleeve, which you can jazz up with funky accessories. An animal print oversized clutch adds a bit of stylish texture to your look.

Don’t forget to vamp it up with a siren call slick of lipstick. I hope that this has helped you out with your fashion dilemma. Have a great and stylish time time on all your dates. Good luck!

Natalie x