I have somewhat narrow shoulders that looked good when shoulder pads were in style. Since shoulder pads are not used so much now, what styles in tops and jackets should I wear to make my body look more balanced? Thanks, Sharon
Ah, those shoulder pads. They worked wonders didn’t they, making everyone look like they had the smallest waist and most balanced hips. Only problem, if you wore shoulder pads today you’d look pretty silly (unless you were trying to make a dramatic high fashion statement)
If you are narrower on the top and wider on the bottom (pear- shaped) and want to balance your figure, then here are some tops that will broaden your shoulders in a more modern way:
Bateau (Boat) Neckline
This type of neckline, that is high and cuts straight across, will make your narrow shoulders and chest seems broader. Horizontal stripes also create that visual width and so you get a double shot of looking more balanced up top with this cute stretch top by Michael Kors
|Shirts that sit Right on the Shoulder
Shirts with collars will also make you look broader up top, but be sure the shoulder seams sits right at your shoulder for a crisp fitted look. This Tory Burch Military shirt is is a good example of that. The epaulettes also help give your shoulders more authority and definition. An excellent choice.
Remember the goal is to extend the line of the shoulder and a cap sleeve does just that. This Patterson J Kincaid lace top with its raw edge is a pretty, relaxed look.
|Wide lapels, collars, straps
If you buy a jacket choose one with a wider lapel to make you look bigger through the chest and shoulders. The same idea applies for tops. This feminine teal blouse with the wide ruffle has the same effect as a wide lapel. Also, the ruching at the shoulder adds volume and width up top. If you are choosing between a sleeveless top with a skinny straps or sleeveless top with a wide straps, always go with wide straps to beef up your shoulders.
Tops like this Halogen Flutter sleeve top with its voluminous sleeves and a banded waist give the illusion of wider shoulders by creating an inverted triangle shape. There are lots of these types of tops out there now. See which ones work best for you. Hint- A patterned top or embellishment at the neckline also helps draw the eye up to make you look more proportioned up top.
Puff sleeves will definitely make your shoulders look wider. Only problem is many puff sleeve tops look rather junior on a mature woman. Try some on and ask yourself, “Does this look too little girlish?” This one we’re showing by Halogen has a sophisticated print and might just work for you.