Is strapless wedding dresses suit for girls with wide shoulder?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kellyfung1989:  hummm it’s hard to say. Are your shoulders wide on a thin fram or do you have more of athletic “swimmers shoulders”

Post # 4
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1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kellyfung1989:  I have wide (athletic) shoulders and I wore a strapless dress. It’s definitely possible to make it work, you just have to search for the shape that complements your proportions. 

I opted for a dropped-waist ball gown because along with my broad shoulders, I also have a short torso so anything with a natural waist makes me look dumpy. Try a few different strapless dresses on and she what works on you. Good luck!!

Linebacker in a wedding gown:

Post # 5
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kellyfung1989:  I think a lot of it depends on the silhouette of the dress and if the dress balances out the shoulders against the hips.

I am a pear shape so I have the opposite problem. What I’ll be looking for is a dress shape that compliments my entire figure – shoulders, waist and wider hips without necessarily putting one area in the spotlight exclusively.

Can you show us a picture?

Post # 6
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Miss Mauverick:  Um, ok. I don’t see WIDE shoulders when I see your pic… I see a toned back. Come on! These are wide shoulders!

Post # 7
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I have wide shoulders and choose to not go strapless. I mostly decided that because I have a large chest but my shoulders played into that decision. 

Post # 8
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3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@kellyfung1989:  Strapless is good for wide shoulders.  Straps and especially halters draw attention to your shoulders and make them look wider. 

Post # 9
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@Miss Mauverick:  is that the enzoani dabra??  that was my dress too!!  and i also have wide shoulders compared to the rest of me and the fitted aline silhouette of the dabra worked really well for me.  I have wider hips too so mermaids worked for me as well.

 

 

Post # 10
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2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kellyfung1989:  as the others have said, it’s not just about the neckline, it’s about the rest of the dress too. If the dress doesn’t have any width or features to balance out the shoulders, any neckline will make the shoulders look wide. Also, depending on your body shape, the point where the dress flares out can make a difference – I’ve seen some girls in mermaids and all you can see is shoulders, but fit and flares look great on them.

That said, strapless dresses do draw attention to the shoulders because they are on display. The eye is drawn to them because it goes up and outwards. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing though. As long as the neckline isn’t straight – a really bad idea for wide shoulders – it can work. A sweetheart neckline is best because it takes some of the focus away from the shoulders.

Straps aren’t necessarily the magic solution either. Thin straps don’t do anything, and straps that sit too wide or are off the shoulder won’t work either. Again, though, it’s not so much the straps as the neckline and the rest of the dress. Medium straps, in the right place, with a deep v-neck, deep scoop or deep sweetheart will work really well – but you have to be prepared to flash some boobage LOL.

 

Post # 11
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2720 posts
Sugar bee

Yes! My little sister has wide shoulders and kept on looking for dresses that covered up her shoulders. They ended up emphasizing them more. I would highly suggest that you try on strapless dresses especially if you like them.

Post # 12
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489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I have wide shoulders and I liked pretty much all dress tops, if anything I think broader shoulders look better in wedding gowns because you don’t look like you’re getting swallowed by the dresses!  My dress is a one-shoulder 🙂 

Post # 13
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1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LilRhodyGem:  Strange, all I see when I look at that photo is how broad my back and shoulders are. Anyway, this is more of a straight-on view that shows my rather wide shoulders:

 

@dli:  Yes, I wore the Dabra. The fullness at the bottom really helped balance out my figure. I was ridiculously happy with my dress. 

Post # 14
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105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kellyfung1989:  I seriously did NOT want a strapless dress.  I felt like I had linebacker shoulders.

I tried them on but knew I could add straps to anything I didn’t like.

The dress I ended up finding is a strapless dress that I absolutely loved!!!  Surprisingly I don’t see the linebacker shoulders in this one!! 😀

Post # 15
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kellyfung1989:  I have wide shoulders and I got a strapless dress. It looks great on me. If this tells you anything when I was being born the Dr. told my mom and dad they had a football player (boy) because he had such a hard time getting my shoulders out. Lol Boy was he wrong!

Post # 16
Hostess
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have very broad shoulders and I am a little heavier as well and i wore strapless! It actually accentuated my waist and made me look smaller! I mean that could have been the cut of the dress but my shoulders didn’t look too wide 🙂

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