(Closed) How do you dress this body type.

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Corilee13:  I’m not really sure how to dress for a straight body, but I got a lot of help dealing with broad shoulders on here when I was dress shopping.

Sweetheart necklines make a huge difference.  It depends how comfortable she is, but I find that being fairly small-chested means I can get away with lower necklines which flatter my shoulders more (it doesn’t look so racy when there’s not so much going on in the boobs).  I find that straight lines at the neck and at the back help a LOT to break up my shoulders and avoid the linebacker in a dress look.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Corilee13:  I’m glad it was helpful.  🙂

Ruching is a great idea – I think it’s really flattering and also would make her less self-conscious that something that is going to cling.  Personally, I’m not a big jacket fan.  There’s often a little padding built in, and at least blazer type jackets with lapels tend to be built to broaden the shoulders.  Maybe a more bolero-style open jacket would look good?  I don’t know how formal your wedding is, but would a cute cardigan or shrug work – I feel much more comfortable in stuff like that than in jackets.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d consider opting for a strapless dress for her and get a matching jacket, but choose one that doesn’t have a lot of puff to the shoulder.  Perhaps try on several to find the most flattering.  Something with a bell sleeve might be nice as there is extra fabric at the bottom of the sleeve and it may give the illusion of proporotion for her arms.  I’d avoid empire waisted gowns, try to find something with a natural or elongated waist as it will help detract from the broadness of her shoulders.

Also, depending on the salesperson you get at the store, they may be able to further advise you.  Go at a time when things are slower, AM on a Tuesday or similarly slow time.  I used to work for a clothing boutique and was able to give the best advice and service when we weren’t bombarded and was able to make the experience the most positive.  Good luck!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I would go for an attached cap sleeved dress.  Stick with a material that has structure and the most body friendly thing you can do for that body type is to add/get a dress with a thin belt.  And a belt that is a similar colour to the dress is best, not a contrasting colour.  And the skirt should be A Line, but it can be moderate (it doesn’t have to be a full skirt).

Some ideas:

http://resources.shopstyle.com/sim/f8/c8/f8c865f0b3eaf1b01fd1a25d334a0b50/anne-klein-bloomingdales-day-dresses-dress-damien-dotty-cap-sleeve-belted-dress.jpg

http://www.anneklein.com/Sheath-Dress/90526761,default,pd.html?cgid=90263439&variantSizeClass=&variantColor=JJ169XX&ep_tag=AF200905

http://i.shopbot.ca/n_2736/c6/4a/L_6385f712a9c16d21bd75717ae3004ac6.jpg

 

 

Post # 9
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If she has a straight body, she can wear an A-line dress that hides the hips under the flare of the skirt. A-lines usually flatter every body type as long as it has a natural waist rather than a dropped waist

Post # 11
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3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I plan to use the help of Personal Shoppers at Nordstroms! =)

A-line is always great! Or something that sinches at the waist!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
Post # 14
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

Oh here’s another!

 

Can ya tell I like shopping?

Post # 16
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I would think that covering the shoulders would make them look more broad. Cap sleeves would make them look broad definatly. Thicker straps would be better.

I would also go with a filler skirt and a sinched in waist to define a waist.

 

No shoulder pads or puffy sleeves or shoulder detail. I would say no structured jackets.

 

 

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