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Fab Body Guide: Perfectly Proportionate Shoulders

I have a blonde bombshell of a friend who is a self-proclaimed broad-shouldered gal. We recently went shopping together because she needed tops and dresses and I'm here to help! We ended up scoring her some new fun and feminine pieces that helped proportion her shoulder with the rest of her bodacious bod.

I'm sure broad-shouldered broad Jessica Biel faces this challenge everyday and you can see such a difference between when she wears something ultra femme (left) and something not so femme (right). Not to say gals with broad shoulders can't wear a tee shirt when going casual, but here are some tips and items to trick the eye into thinking you have perfectly proportionate shoulders. Hope they help!

  • Loose deep v-neck sweaters, and v-necks in general, are your best friend.
  • Slouchy, menswearish trousers create more volume on the bottom therefore balancing out the shoulders.
  • Shrunken blazers with a nipped in waist make the upper half appear more compact.
  • A long, swingy top plays up the curve of the hips.
  • Contrary to what you may think, suspenders cut the shoulders down the middle and elongate the torso.
  • A feminine, flirty blouse softens an angular frame.


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karen-zoo karen-zoo 7 years
I haaate my broad shoulders! I always feel like all the fashion I want to wear look so much better on other waifish or perfectly proportioned girls and on me, just awkward!
littlewing littlewing 9 years
i have broad shoulders from years of swimming - sometimes i love them sometimes i hate them. these are good tips to help show them off in a way that flatters. thanks fab!
petite42 petite42 9 years
I would not say Biel has broad shoulders. I have broad shoulders and relatively larger chest. The girly top suggestion often doesn't work, because the most girly tops tend to be cut for women with narrow shoulders and small bust. What I find works best is: 1) Whatever your shoulder width, make sure the top fits PERFECTLY across the shoulders - shoulder seams should hit at just the right place. If you have to go up a size, do so, then have the rest of the shirt taken in to fit. and 2) accentuate the narrowest part of your waist. IMO, that's the real difference in the photos above. The dress accentuates the narrow part below the bustline. The tee shirt does not. Add a belt to cinch in the tee, and Biel would look *much* better.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
My shape is exactly like Biel's. Nothing to complain about really, but the shoulders can be tricky, that's true...
Daisie Daisie 10 years
I'm not really angular, I'm very curvy. But I do have these annoying German broad shoulders. So thanks for the tips, Fab!
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Hi ladies! There is nothing wrong with having broad shoulders - sorry if I eluded to that. It's just that my friend in the story was finding them to be a challenge & here are some tips - take them or leave them! ;) xo
hills hills 10 years
Thanx, really great advice.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 10 years
jessness - thanks!
imahoopie imahoopie 10 years
I have broad shoulders and I've got to ask why anyone would want to hide them? In the photo, Jessica looks great and her broad shoulders are much more attractive than the ones that taper straight down. I am happy with mine as I feel they balance out my frame. I never knew that people considered this to be a figure flaw, until now. Thanks for the complex, Fab!
tyffi tyffi 10 years
I like my shoulders. And my tank tops! *g* But it's never wrong to know how to dress more "girly". :D
nikkih nikkih 10 years
Thanks for the post, this could help me a lot. I also have broad shoulders and a more narrow frame. Sometimes I feel really feminine, and sometimes I just feel like a linebacker.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
vegan- A-line skirts or wide leg pants (trousers) are perfect for people with wider hips. Its very slimming. I have wide hips too so I know what it is like to try to fit them
rb24 rb24 10 years
I have broad shoulders and a long torso so the shrunken blazers dont work for me
cocca cocca 10 years
that purple shirt is really cute... i wish i had a broader shoulder... is that normal for girls? or does it mean that she works out a lot. she looks so healthy compare to the rest of the skinny girls these days and looking at her makes me want to excersice and eat healthy :feedme:
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I love my shoulders and don't want to hide them after all my hard workouts. I want shoulders like Madonna! Cut, baby, cut!
Retro-Bunny Retro-Bunny 10 years
I don't want to hide my shoulders! I like their broadness. Not to mention GUYS with SEXY shoulders. Hot. Rawr.
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
I also have broad shoulders, but unlike JB the rest of me is not petite. I think that I’m rather well proportioned with a big frame and lots of muscle on my legs. Thanks for this great advice and will be trying to buy some more “girly” clothes to complement my strengths.
poetess poetess 10 years
I wouldn't mind having broad shoulders-especially if they were anything like Jessica Biel's.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 10 years
fab, i had a question....if i have broad shoulders, a small bust and waist, and wide hips, should i still try to add volume to the bottom half? i already feel a little wide down there to begin with....thanks! :-)
bitesize bitesize 10 years
Thanks for this post, I have an extremely hard time with my huge shoulders and tiny frame, it's very discouraging.
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