Wedding Dress Help – Broad Shoulders

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Try on lots of different styles to see what fits your body shape best.

Maybe ask for some dresses that have either an asymmetrical neckline, one shoulder, or a sweetheart to help draw the eye down instead of straight across?

ETA- look at ballgowns or a-lines as well since it will help balance you out (I feel like a sheat/column/mermaid will end up looking like an upside down triangle if your shoulders are broad!)

 

Post # 4
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I also have fairly broad shoulders, and I only tried on sheath/mermaid dresses, but I thought the one with cap sleeves really minimized my shoulders (which surprised me). Here are the dresses I tried. I think strapless and v-neck can look good if you want to show off your shoulders. Just make sure you get something fitted through the waist, so that you can see your shape. Good luck! You should post pics of what you find.

PS- It’s funny that you mentioned looking like a football player. When I get dressed to go out, I always ask myself, “do I look like a linebacker in this shirt.” 🙂

Post # 5
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have MASSIVE shoulders… I was a big fan of strapless on me!

But try on a little bit of everything!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Actually, the broad shoulders are a godsend.  They make a girl the perfect “hanger”.  Clothes hang the way they are supposed to, as opposed to the sloping shoulders.  So celebrate those linebacker shoulders.

My 2 daughters inherited the same from me.  I myself wore a ballgown back in the day, but my daughter just chose a different style.  Then again, she is a size 0.  So, it is much, much more than just an issue of your shoulders, or your girth.  It is also frame size (I am 5’8″ and she is just a petite 5’4).  Also, we had different types of venues, which is important as well. 

Get into a huge bridal house and start with different styles.  Don’t worry so much about fabric or color or sequins, bling or any of that at this point.  For now, just concentrate on dress styles and how they look on the body.

Post # 9
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3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ducky244:  You look very similarly shaped to me. I ended up with a ballgown with cap sleeves that looks really good on me. Strapless also worked pretty well too. The one neckline to seriously avoid is halter. My mom loved this halter dress that really made me look like a linebacker.

see (it was more apparent straight on)

this is the dress I got, so much better

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ducky244:  Thank you. I was really looking for v-necks as they work well on me. As far as interest in the back goes, that’s what veils are for right?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I second what PP’s said. Try on a bunch of different styles/shapes. 

I’m small-ish, but I have broad shoulders too. Straight on, my wide shoulders are pretty noticeable so I try to pose at an angle for photos. 

Here’s my swimmer’s back:

Post # 13
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461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am a smaller size than you but we have a similar shape and same issues and I find that this dress (White Rose 774) works really well on my figure.

 

Look at my previous thread to see pics.

 

Post # 14
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483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I also have broad shoulders and have to wear long sleeves for religious purposes but I definitely recommend something that comes in at your natural waist..since you say that you have larger hips that’ll take away from your shoulders and emphasize your waist

Post # 15
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483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

also veils really help to make your shoulders look narrower

Post # 16
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@ducky244:  I think you look really good in the bridesmaid’s dress you have on in the picture. You have a really nice shape, so I don’t think you’ll have trouble finding something that works for you. The girls who seem to really have trouble finding dresses that balance out their shoulders are the ones with no hips. 

I also suggest taking pics and looking at them before you make a decision. When I look at the pics I posted of the dresses I tried on, the ones I thought looked good in the mirror are totally different from the ones that look good in the pics. 

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