Broad Shoulders – Using Neck Lines

Welcome to a Harmony Personal Shopping body shape post! Today, we’re looking at a characteristic common with ladies that are the Inverted Triangle shape. This article will be most useful for dresses & tops but could also be applied when you’re shopping for jumpers, coats, cardigans and accessories.

Broad shoulders

No amount of exercises or surgery can fix the problem of having broad shoulders, the ONLY solution is to learn how to dress them properly. That’s exactly what we’re going to start today! 

Chances are if you’ve got broad shoulders you’re an inverted triangle body shape; you might carry most of your weight up top? Or perhaps you’re an athletic build with really slim lower half? Either way if your shoulders are wider than your hips and if it’s something you’re conscious of we’ve got a few tips and tricks to share today that will help!

Neck lines

The neck line of the dresses / top’s you buy will have a big effect on how broad your shoulders are perceived to look. Here’s a quick list of which neck lines do and don’t go well with broad shoulders


  • V neck
  • Halter neck
  • Small collared shirt with a few buttons undone
  • Narrow scoop neck – “U” Shaped
  • Long cowl neck


  • Halter neck
  • Big collars
  • Square neckline
  • Turtle neck / short cowl neck
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Crew neck (T-shirt neckline)
  • Boat neck / Wide scoop neck
  • Strapless

Why are some good and some bad?

What it boils down to, is how the neck line of a top / dress / jumper draws someones eyes and attention away from the width of your shoulders. If you look at all the neck lines that are good for broad shoulders you can see a common trait. They tend to elongate the body and form a shape which tend to be some variation of a V-Neck. A narrow scoop neck and a long cowl neck become a “U” shape, which is essentially a soft “V”. A small collared shirt with a couple of buttons undone will from an untidy “V”. All of these neck lines draw the eye inwards to your body. Anything that doesn’t form this shape won’t work as well. 

You might also notice that a couple of things are mentioned in both good and bad. Halter neck, straps and scoop necks fall into both because they are variable in shape dynamics. Some halter necks will actuall put emphasis on your broad shoulders; just take a look at Morgan Webb on the right to see. As will some strapped tops and scoop necks. The easiest thing to remember is to try and create a “V” like shape with these necklines. Halter necks that have a some kind of low V cut in the middle will work well, but avoid the ones without a cut like Morgan Webb is wearing.

When looking at strapped tops, thin spaghetti straps will show your shoulders off but they won’t do anything to effect how broad they look. We’ve seen celebs with broad shoulders pull off straps, so although we usually don’t recommend them it’s really down to you. If you go for straps we would recommend finding a strapped dress where the straps are closer to your shoulders than your neck to break the space up a bit, and if you can find a thicker strap / with some more shape it’s probably going to do more good for you than spaghetti.

It’s a bit easier to work out weather a scoop neck is the right kind of scoop neck for you. Avoid the really wide scoops that are sometime called “boat necks”, go for the narrow low scoops that look more like a”U” shape. Remember, we’re trying to create a kind of V with out necklines and a “U” is like a very soft V.Neck.


We hope this article was useful. It’s a lot to take in and neck line’s are just 1 thing to bare in mind when shopping. There’s so much more you can use to dress your broad shoulders; we’ll be talking about other tips and tricks including hairstyle, colours & patterns and how to use accessories in a couple of posts time so come back next week for more!

Any questions or comments are welcome 🙂


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