NARROW SHOULDERS are a challenge for many women - but fortunately it's one of the easiest problems to correct.
Narrow or sloping shoulders spoil the way your clothes look and hang, it's ageing and it distorts the figure in general.
Follow these style tips to disguise or correct this area and not only will you feel more comfortable but your overall silhouette will be much improved.
Everyone's favorite cook Mary Berry often wears a boat neckline that admirably suits her and flatters her narrow shoulders
provides the best support on which to hang your clothes. Models tend to be tall and rectangular with broad shoulders because garments look better hanging from the top of the body - rather like on a clothes hanger!
Narrow shoulders usually go hand in hand with curvy hips and in particular a pear shaped body. If the hips are naturally wider then the top half of the body will be slight and the shoulders can be sloping.
When your shoulders are narrow or sloping your clothes will droop and cling to the curves of your figure which tends to shorten and widen your silhouette.
For a ridiculously CHEAP and instant effect, choose SHOULDER PADS.
I have narrow and sloping shoulders and I have worn this little bit of magic for ever!
It may be fashionable to avoid shoulder pads these days but they can be your salvation.
They take the eye up away from your middle and instantly balance your figure making you look slimmer and younger.
They don't have to be large, we're not talking 'Dynasty', but once you realize what a difference they make to your overall silhouette you won't want to be without them.
The easiest and most natural are foam shoulder pads which just sit on and hug the shoulders. They're perfect under knitwear and if they're too big you can trim them down.
For a set in sleeve choose a simple slim shoulder pad with a small piece of velcro to hold it in place. Velcro is stick or stitch-in and if it isn't provided you can easily buy a length. Pads are cheap and cheerful from Ebay!!
So a rounded shape will sit over the edge of the shoulder or a squared off edge will sit comfortably into a set in sleeve top. It's trial and error to find which is best for you and they're very inexpensive so keep a set of both black and white.
If you are wearing a t-shirt and a shirt jacket over the top, you won't want to wear shoulder pads in both and the Velcro means you can whip them in and out at will.
This painting by artist Francesco Hayez epitomises the silhouette that was fashionable around the early 19th century.
Sloping shoulders were said to be caused by 6-10 layers of thick heavy petticoats weighing over 10 pounds, attached to a corset with shoulder straps.
From early teens a girl had all that weight on her shoulders while the skeleton was still growing.