Saturday 25 March 2017

How can I make myself look narrow?

1 Pink ‘Bess’ drape top, €140, Reiss, from
Arnotts, 12 Henry Street, D1;
2 Lace and satin two-tone dress, €113,
Oasis, www.oasis.co.uk;
3 Satin wrap-shirt, €690, Alberta Feretti, Havana,
Donnybrook, D4;
4 Breaton sweater dress, €283.55 by Crumpet,
www.crumpetengland.com
1 Pink ‘Bess’ drape top, €140, Reiss, from Arnotts, 12 Henry Street, D1; 2 Lace and satin two-tone dress, €113, Oasis, www.oasis.co.uk; 3 Satin wrap-shirt, €690, Alberta Feretti, Havana, Donnybrook, D4; 4 Breaton sweater dress, €283.55 by Crumpet, www.crumpetengland.com

Q 'I'm slim but I've got broad shoulders which I hate. How can I soften them and look more narrow and feminine?

A Stay away from shoulder pads in jackets or dresses and avoid any detailing on the shoulders such as embellishment ruffles or puff sleeves because these will only exaggerate your shoulders. Don't wear button-up shirts as these can strain across a wide back causing buttons to gape, emphasising your broadness. Instead choose wrap-style blouses and dresses with deep v-necklines and sleeves to disguise and soften your shoulder line. A gently draped blouse or dress will also soften your shoulders. Breton-style striped sweaters and dresses that are a plain fabric across the shoulders and striped at the torso bring the eye towards your body and away from your shoulder line. A two-tone dress or top with the darkest tone at the face will also give the illusion of dainty shoulders. Jacket-wise, look out for pockets on the body to break up the shoulder line. A wide scarf around your neck will further soften your shoulders.

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