How to dress Narrow shoulders or sloping shoulders...
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
A firm shoulder line...
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.
Problems caused by Narrow Shoulders...
The majority of tops will drown you!
Clothes will hang and cling to the bust rather than from the shoulder line
Narrow shoulders make your midriff and bottom half look wider
Bra straps will slip and often show at the neckline
Sloping shoulders make a woman look 'droopy' and frumpy, and it's ageing
A petite woman with narrow shoulders will look shorter still - even 'dumpy'
Excess fabric will 'bag' around the shoulder line looking unkempt
Raglan sleeves will make sloping shoulders look worse
It's easy to widen your shoulder line...
Good posture is vital, stand tall and proud with shoulders back
Widen the shoulder line to draw the eye up the top of the body
Emphasis on the shoulders takes the eye away from midriff and hips
Choose a neckline that will widen the look of the shoulders
Set in sleeves and structured tops help to emphasize shoulders
Design detail on the shoulders will draw the eye
Wear shoulders pads to give clothes the desired shape - they don't have to be 'Dynasty' size!
Choose flattering styles and necklines...
What to look for...
Boat and wide scoop necklines widen and create a horizontal line
Stripes and horizontal designs too
Wear shirts and tops with an open collar or wide V neck
Widen the neck area with a wide scoop or square neckline
Choose a set-in sleeve that extends slightly past the natural shoulder line
Even a slightly puff sleeve top
A sundress looks best with wider straps or a dress that slightly over extends the shoulder line
Choose a jacket with structured shoulders, the tailoring doesn't have to be severe
Widening narrow shoulders balances your figure INSTANTLY!
For a ridiculously CHEAP and instant solution choose SHOULDER PADS. I have narrow and sloping shoulders and I've worn this little bit of magic forever!
It may be unfashionable to think about shoulder pads 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, but once
you realize what a difference they make to your overall silhouette you won't want to be without them.
1 The simplest shoulder pads are slim foam pads with a small piece of velcro to hold them in place - cheap and cheerful! You can easily whip them in and out of any garment for instant shape.
2 Silicone pads are new, they're adhesive and transparent and I love the shape they give. But they can slip if you get hot so not for a night of dancing!
3 Alternatively, foam shoulder pads hug the shoulders and are perfect under knitwear. They can be trimmed if too large.
Finding your favorite is trial and error but as an inexpensive remedy to narrow shoulders I guarantee you'll be a convert. Keep a set in both black and white.
The way it was...
This painting by artist Francesco Hayez epitomises the silhouette that was fashionable around the early 19th century.
shoulders were said to be caused by 6-10 layers of thick heavy
petticoats weighing over 10 pounds, attached to a corset with shoulder
From early teens a girl had all that weight on her shoulders
while the skeleton was still growing.