How To Dress Narrow Shoulders

I thought it was only fair since we talked about How To Dress Broad Shoulders on Tuesday that we talk about How To Dress Narrow Shoulders today.

How To Dress Narrow Shoulders

I think I would be in the narrow shoulders category (my shoulders are definitely narrower than my hips!).

Here are some tips if you have narrow shoulders:

  • Make sure that your shoulder seams are at the right place and fit perfectly, which means that the seam extends just past your natural shoulder.
  • Puffy sleeves work well (although I’m not seeing a lot of puffy sleeves right now).

How to Dress Narrow Shoulders

  • On shirts, the bigger the collar, the better! Also scarves look great if you have narrow shoulders.
  • Cap sleeves also work well as long as you don’t have large arms, then I would go with a little longer sleeve.
  • A wide v-neck also leads the eye to the side which has a broadening effect.

How To Dress Narrow Shoulders

  • Use shoulder pads to widen shoulders (subtly of course).
  • Opt for wider straps instead of smaller ones.
  • You can scrunch your sleeves a bit and blouse up your upper arm area, which draws attention up and away.

Remember, these are just general rules. For instance, I have narrow shoulders but I don’t like a square neck. But I do think these are good guidelines!

If you have narrow shoulders, do you think most of these work for you? Did you see my post on How To Dress Broad Shoulders?

Beauty For the Heart~~This is a great verse for us as women. “In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.”  Titus 2:3-5 

We have a responsibility to train and encourage younger women. To do that, we need to be mature in our relationship with Christ. It’s important that we are growing in holiness!

Have a blessed day!

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  1. I have narrow shoulders and an hourglass figure. The biggest thing I have learned with this combination of body type is do not wear prom dresses! I seem to be able to get away with halternecks more, perhaps because they draw attention towards the bust, but in sleeveless/prom dresses the widest part of my body is part way down the top of the arm, where my bust is. This gives the effect that I’m bigger than I really am, I find, so if I’m going to wear something sleeveless I always wear a dark cardigan to hide the arms and draw the attention elsewhere.

    Also, I tend to wear a size smaller in coats and tops so they fit the shoulder correctly. I tend to wear stretchy tops so that I can get one that fits both shoulders and bust, and I buy coats that are tailored in such a way that they don’t need to be fully done-up around the bust.

  2. I have narrow showers and a “skinny” upper chest area. I constantly look for ruffles,or bow ties, or wide stripes at shoulders, and other details or more fabric around shoulder and neckarea. Thanks for these tips. I need to look for more boatnecks too

  3. Hi Cyndi.

    I, too, have narrow shoulders. I love the boat necks and cap sleeves…but not together, of course! 🙂 I recently read that the color red gives a visual of being larger, so some may opt to read a red top or blouse. I’ve been shying away from it since I read that! lol I do love the blue reds though.

    Anyway, great topic. Have a super afternoon.

  4. I have narrow shoulders and it can be tough to find the right neck, for sure. Often Vnecks feel like they fall to one side or the other and boatnecks are too wide. Those are small problems in life though. 🙂