Broad Shoulders Women
What To Wear Part 2

Broad shoulders women sometimes struggle to find good styles to wear. This section concentrates on one principal style tip for broad shouldered women; the much underestimated subject of straps.

Straps? Yes. This much overlooked issue is a subtle but important factor if you want to de-emphasise your top half. I review good styles and two bad styles. These are the tips to hide broad shoulders, or at least subtly de-emphasise them.

spaghetti straps are not good for broad shoulders
Wide straps suit ladies with broad shoulders

This page is part of a section dedicated to dressing the various female body types. I have actually split the whole subject of what to wear for broad shouldered women into a number of more manageable parts and this is Part 2 of 3.

I felt a bit bad featuring an Amazon Seller's dress as a 'what not to wear for big shoulders' example but balance that by also showing another dress from their range which would work well on this body shape.

To go to What to Wear for broad shoulders women, Page 1 - click the link Wide shoulders. At the same time it is important to know what to avoid, so if you are interested try this page on women with broad shoulders.

On this page we concentrate on straps. Straps? I know, I know, straps - who cares? 

How To Hide Broad Shoulders

Well, like much in the world of fashion it is the subtle things that can make a difference.

Straps appear on many forms of tops and dresses and make their appearance very much in the vicinity of the shoulders. Therefore this is a subject which should be of interest to all broad shoulders women.

Straps, being vertical, also help draw the eye down away from this red flag area which is a more than useful asset. They can be many shapes and sizes, from very wide to spaghetti, or even strapless. I also discuss halternecks.

The Issue of Straps for
Broad Shouldered Women

What not to wear for broad shoulders
How to hide broad shoulders

Straps help to break up the shoulder area. I can explain away until I am blue in the face but sometimes pictures can tell a thousand words so much better. Here are two photos of the model and actress Brooklyn Decker in similar poses and the difference is obvious.

A wider strap can not only hide a bra strap which is particularly useful but it reduces the block of upper chest on display. 

As you can see, thin spaghetti straps do little to help reduce the impact of the shoulders. Whereas wider straps subtly 'share the load' so to speak.

Also note how a curved neckline works better than the boxy look of a square neckline. Which I will cover below.

Best Dresses
For Broad Shouldered Women

Minimising broad shoulders
De-emphasising broad shoulders

By using a wider strap you are subtly covering some of that shoulder area. It may seem counter-intuitive to show any part of your shoulder but the splash of colour breaks it up. I know it is a bit off the wall, but it is the same principle as camouflage.

Of course wide straps also hide bra straps which means you can avoid the pain and discomfort of strapless bras, a helpful feature for all female body types.

V necklines will work well as the eye will be drawn down and away from your upper chest but there is an even better neckline style for you.

Best dresses for broad shouldered women
How to dress to hide broad shoulders

A good general tip are curved necklines. A square or diamond neckline can suggest a boxy look and that is not something you want to be associated with. Curved lines are far softer and suggest femininity.

Round necks work but scoop necks work even better. Of course the issue of cleavage is one only you can judge but the more flesh on show the more the eye will be dragged in and down to it. 

Other Good Necklines For
Broad Shouldered Women

Good necklines for broad shoulders
EyeCatch - Genini Womens Sleeveless Bodycon Keyhole Short Ladies Mini Dress

Another idea you might consider is a one shoulder outfit. Yes it exposes a lot of the Sh****** word but the main thing people see is the unusual neckline which drags the eye down.

Another more unusual neckline you might consider is the keyhole. As you can see it can certainly be eye catching. It does not have to be immodest and there are so many variations you can choose how much cleavage to flash or none at all.

Other Styles

Miranda Kerr monochrome dress
Miranda Kerr Strapless

Again it is a useful exercise to compare styles on the same broad shoulders women. In this instance, the Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr. Like most models she has wide shoulders (not broad) so is a very good person to study. 

As an aside, if you are interested to see what other broad shouldered celebrities wear, click the link. Remember, these supermodels have tiny hips which makes their shoulders look big by comparison, but they are certainly not big burly types.

As can be seen the straps on the red dress breaks up the suggestion of width. Plus it is useful to see the benefit of a monochrome colour adding vertical length.

A wide boat neck style and a V neck dress. Both with wide swathes of material at the shoulder and both work well. The V neck always works well as do the wide curves of a boatneck dress.

Miranda Kerr central dress feature
Miranda Kerr Sleeveless Dress

Two things of note here. Firstly the difference between sleeveless and not. The eye is always drawn to naked flesh, (it is a priemeval trait we cannot rise above) and those long strips of vertical naked flesh draw the eye down - which is clearly good.

Secondly the central feature, on the photo on the left, draws the eyes in (as opposed to out) which is again a more than useful tip. Think necklaces and pendants.

What Strap Styles Women With Broad Shoulders Should Avoid

The two main strap styles to avoid:

  1. Halternecks
  2. Spaghetti straps
Halternecks are not a good look for broad shoulders
Serena Williams in a halterneck

Now again opinion is divided as to whether halternecks are a good or bad look for broad shoulders women. Personally I think you only have to look at the above examples to see that it falls into what not to wear territory.

Any type of strap that is like a triangle tapering upwards, halter-necks being the most obvious but not the only culprit. Even some normally well dressed broad shouldered celebrities occasionally get it wrong.

Halterneck dress highlight wide shoulders
Even small shoulders look big in a halterneck

Neither of these ladies even have wide shoulders but with this style the spectre of broad shoulders women fear is starting to loom large.

Spaghetti Style

Heidi Klum spaghetti straps
Heidi Klum round neck

Another useful example of a famous sleb (see more at the page broad shouldered celebrities). The above two photos are of the model Heidi Klum and are again useful for comparison purposes.

Generally speaking it is probably safe to say spaghetti straps are not a good look if you are trying to minimise broad shoulders. Women will recognise that because the material is so thin, it does not give you the benefit of being eye catching enough to draw the eye down.

It also provides nothing to break up all that flesh so the eyes see a big wide expanse and wide is not a word you probably want to be associated with. So when you think spaghetti, make sure it is just food, or even Westerns, just not on dresses for broad shouldered women.

Swimwear for
Broad Shoulders Women

A quick aside - I am not going to even discuss colours, style or any of the normal issues again merely them pesky straps. Take a look at the two pictures below and you will see how a wider band is a better option than a tapering one.

..and yes I know the one on the right is not actually a bikini but I was just trying to illustrate a point. But whilst I am at it, remember that wider straps hide bra straps and being able to sport the bra you want gives you more versatility. 

Tapering straps draw the eye up
Wide straps suit broad shoulders


Did you like this page, did you learn something, maybe it reinforced you own views? I want to give as much (hopefully helpful) advice to the busty sisterhood as I can.

Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Celebrities with Broad Shoulders

A good role model for ladies with big shouldersCameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is a good role model for using subtle details to improve her look. It is therefore no surprise to see her using wide straps.


A Contentious Issue For Women With Broad Shoulders

Actually you would be amazed that this seemingly irrelevant subject provokes so much debate amongst the broad shoulders women cognoscenti. In fact, to be more specific, it is the width of the straps that is the cause of the debate.

Some will argue that wide straps suggest wide shoulders whereas thin straps highlight your collarbones.

Others will say wide straps are more in proportion with your shoulders and good proportions are a serious element of style.

As you can tell, I am certainly in the thin straps are bad camp but, as ever, it is what suits you that matters.



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