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Easy Styling Tips For Your Broad Shoulders

Hint: you will need a circle skirt.

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If you've ever looked in the mirror and had a Mean Girls moment about your broad shoulders, we're here to help. Whether you genuinely do have a wide shoulder span, or are just looking at yours with the wrong perspective, there are two ways you can approach them: cover up all the parts of yourself you feel insecure about, or embrace who you are and make the most of your figure. Here at WTG, we're all about the latter. You might consider your broad shoulders a flaw, but for every girl who thinks her shoulders are too wide, there's another who avoids spaghetti straps due to her lack of sculpture. 

If the FW17 collections of Dries Van NotenDelpozoCéline and a dozen more designers are anything to go by, this is the year for strong shoulders! From long, belted coats with squared-off sleeves to '80s-style cropped jackets with puffed-up epaulettes, the emphasis on the runway was on a strong shoulder. 

Check out our top tips for balancing out your silhouette to help you love the skin you're in, complete with our hand-picked selection of pieces to make the most of your shoulders this spring:


When it comes to tops and blouses, there are many ways you can draw the eye down the body. Avoid detailing around the shoulders and excess volume – but don't miss out on this season's flirty ruffle and fringe trend, simply apply them elsewhere, like the hem of your skirt. Necklines that expose your chest are the ideal solution for de-emphasizing broad shoulders. This doesn’t mean you have to have the girls completely on display, but adding some extra depth with a V- or scoop-neck can work miracles when it comes to the art of distraction. Feel free to draw attention to your waist but balance out the proportions with a svelte peplum or better yet, opt for an asymmetric number to flaunt just one sultry shoulder whilst minimizing width at the same time. 
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Project Social T Cross Front Deep V Tee - $19
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Pixie Market White Sheer Fishnet Lace Top - $42
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Monki Soft Tee - £15
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ASOS One Shoulder Tiered Top - $38
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Adding volume below the waist is an easy way to balance your silhouette. Look for A-line dresses and skirts, or designs with empire lines to create some flare and transform into that coveted hourglass shape. Clever use of print can be a real game-changer here, anything with a chunky, printed hem will do the trick. Feel free to employ the peplum here too, as well as plunging necklines on dresses – but, unless you’re ready to over-expose your shoulders, avoid a halter neck at all costs. Drama inducing circle skirts will look flawless on your hips but if the situation really calls for a pencil skirt, choose one with a slight flare at the hem. 
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Missguided Black One Shoulder Peplum Maxi Dress - $54
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Zara Floral Print Midi Skirt - $70
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Topshop Petite Foil Spotted Pleated Skirt - $100
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Nasty Gal Take The Plunge Cape Dress - $70
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If you're looking to draw attention away from up-top, but not into dresses or skirts, there are still plenty of options at your disposal. By choosing busy prints or volume-inducing pants you can create the kind of equilibrium you’ve always dreamed of. Set your sights on straight-cuts or subtly flared styles for maximum shoulder-minimization but if second-skin jeans are more your style, pair them with flowing tunics or loose-fitting shirts. 
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River Island Plus Red Floral Print Wide Leg Pants - $80
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The Reformation Cozumel Jumpsuit - $248
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Glamourous Rust Border Print Wide Leg Trousers - $13
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Front Row Shop Straight Cut Black Trousers - $55
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As we mentioned earlier, if ever there was a time to let your shoulders loose, it would be now. If you’re not quite there yet and the thought of donning a power-dressing blazer sends chills down your spine, just forget shoulder pads altogether. Typically, blazers without lapels create a longer line than those with them, and wearing your jacket open will flatter more easily than when worn closed. For long length coats like the classic spring trench, choose styles that belt in the middle and flare at the hips for an ultra-flattering figure. 
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Valfre Rosas Velvet Jacket - $88
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Sister Jane Waldorf Tweed Jacket - $96
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Loeil Loire Robe Jacket - $198
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Mango Pocket Textured Jacket - $79.99
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Clever dressing is about much more than just the clothes on your back, it’s about the bigger picture. Consider long bouncy curls at your next salon trip like broad-shouldered beauty Julia Roberts, to easily fill the space between your neck and shoulder. Switch up your choker necklace for a long-line pendant or even treat yourself to a preppy satchel bag with a medium-width strap you can wear cross body and you’ll be embracing your true self instantly. 
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Forever 21 Layered Faux Suede Choker - $5
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DevaCurl Livin' Large Super Curly Edition Set - $88
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Boohoo Amelia Cross Pendant Plunge Choker - $5
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Pretty Little Thing Hannah Black Box Bag - $26
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