How to Disguise Broad Shoulders

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have an inverted triangle body type -- the inverted triangle means that your shoulders are a bit wider than your hips -- you may be dealing with the issue of broad shoulders. While having broad shoulders isn't necessarily a bad thing, they can take away from the traditional hourglass figure that some women strive for. But you can help disguise your broad shoulders by following a few clothing tips designed primarily to draw the eye to other parts of the body.

Choose shirts with necklines that help disguise broader shoulders. For example, you can opt for a shirt with a V-neck in order to take the focus off your shoulders. Your shoulders will appear narrower if the "V" is more vertical or deeper. Avoid tops that have a rounded neck, square neck, scoop-neck or boat-neck. These types of tops may make your shoulders appear more broad.

Look for tops that have raglan sleeves or sleeves that stay close to your arms. Avoid shirts with large sleeves. The extra frills or poofs found on large sleeves are best avoided if you're trying to downplay your shoulders.

Bring attention to other parts of your body to balance your broad shoulders. Create a lean look, for example, by wearing clothes comprised of one colour. Wearing long dresses may also help. Wear bottoms with horizontal stripes and solid-coloured tops. Using a brightly coloured belt will place emphasis on your hips while reducing the focus on your shoulders.

Avoid tops that have a horizontal pattern as they may make your top half appear larger. Also avoid jackets with numerous embellishments, shoulder pads and tops with shiny colours.

Avoid cinched waists, empire waistlines and wider belts. Items that hold tight to the bustline are also best avoided.

Things You'll Need

  • V-neck tops
  • Solid colour tops
  • Tops with close-fitting sleeves
  • Patterned bottoms
  • Plain jackets
  • Brightly-coloured belts
  • Long dresses
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About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.