(Closed) Broad shoulder/back brides!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have broad shoulders and a wide rib cage, but not a long back. (Short torso) I think wearing your hair down will help, but it depends on what style gown you’re wearing. If you’re going with a strapless, for example, that would be great. I would think you’d want to avoid anything with buttons, etc, which would just help lengthen your back out.

 My gown is a corset back because my rib cage is so broad. On the up side, it flairs out at the end of the corset, which helps my hips balance out my shoulders, so I actually look more houreglass than anything.

 Hope that helps!

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was told strapless was the way to go with broad shoulders/ribs from an athlete’s body, although like @ORella2012 , I’m short with broad shoulders and a narrow waist, not tall.

For me: the morning before our wedding I’m planning on doing a medium-intensity back workout, to really help emphasize the definition in my mid-back, because it will be on display all day.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Argh trouble posting this – apologies if it shows up multiple times:

Oh, man, I can TOTALLY relate.  My shoulders are the size of a truck, and my torso is like 1/2 of my body height.  Here’s some pictures of me in my dress:

 

I know it looks a little squished sideways which is kind of not the most flattering thing ever, but that went away after a few minutes of wearing the dress.  Unfortunately all of the super close up pictures of my back are right after putting it on when my skin is all squished up.  Ah well.

Here’s a close up where you can see my jacked up arms and shoulders:

 

I was so sure I wanted something half-up, half-down at first to break up the line of my shoulders/deltoids/biceps and make me look more feminine and less severe, but I actually went with a full updo, leaving a few tendrils down and curled.  That was plenty to break it up, I think, and the updo went better with your dress.

My advice:

1) sweetheart neckline x1000 for broad shoulders.  the lower neck also helped break up my torso especially from the front.

2) show your back!  that also helped keep the shoulders from looking too linebacker-ish, and broke up the length of my torso

3) updos are fine, but leave something down to look feminine and break up the space.

also, maybe wait a few minutes to take pictures so your skin’s not pulled all weird from zipping the dress up.  oh, and maybe I should have worked on that sports bra tan a little more.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have broad “swimmer’s” shoulders and I really didn’t like myself in strapless dresses. Dresses with straps (as long as they weren’t halter) seemed to break things up. (Note: I don’t know that the back of my dress was the most flattering for my back/shoulders, but I loved the style of it so I went with it anyway).

I don’t think I have my actual wedding photos on my work computer, but I have the ones of me in the store saved in my weddingbee gallery, so I’ll post them for ya!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Entangled: you look beauiful in your dress! 

I did not know that about sweetheart necklines, but that makes sense. I knew I wanted a sweetheart neckline from day 1, but I thought it was just to give me the illlusion of more boobs.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

How about something like this?

Awesome hair

Post # 11
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1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Ivorybuttons:  Thank you!  And, yes, the sweetheart necklines are GREAT with athletic body types.  They’re so flattering.

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@Eva Peron:  Argh!  I tried to click and drag them and that caused all sorts of issues.  These are actually uploaded to WB though so hopefully they show up soon.

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@78h2o:  I love your dress on you, ESPECIALLY the back.  I think that there being tags and stuff and it not being altered is messing with the effect a little, but the low, low back is stunning on you.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Eva Peron:  Thanks!  I don’t know that it’s take care of myself, though, so much as abuse myself in the name of trying to get stronger and faster.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Eva Peron:  2nd on showing your back or a V back… I had a straight across and b/c I always had my hair down, I never noticed how unflattering it was.  In some pics my hair is moved off to the side and that straight line really cuts me off at the wrong point.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Eva Peron: sorry, I just re-read your post and realized you already have your dress and your big day is soon!! I wore my hair up but I think you could go either way. I doubt your back is too long, but if you are worried, then I think wearing your hair down is a good idea. Are wearing a veil? That would soften your back as well, I think. My veil got stuck in my hair so I actually wore it the entire night. It never bothered me though! I’ll see if I can find a pic to snag off facebook to show you…

I DO have swimmer shoulders, I promise! I swam in college and always get comments about them being broad…but I’m glad you don’t think they look that way in the dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

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