Fashion to suit women with V-shaped bodies

Women with broad shoulders and comparatively narrow hips have a body shape that resembles the letter “V”—wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. This article will show you how to flatter the V-shape with fashion and how to visually balance out broad shoulders.

Different clothing sizes for top and bottom

If you have a V-shaped body and therefore

  • a larger bust as well as
  • prominent shoulders,
  • your upper body size will usually be different from that of your pants and skirts.

You’ll need to bear this in mind when buying outfits. 

With a few more styling tricks you can make sure your style is well suited to your figure from the stomach down and is not too big. Tops should ideally be slightly fitted at the waist and have a figure-hugging shape. At the bottom, however, volume is the order of the day, as tight pants and skirts only make the V-shape even more pointed.

V-shaped body

Stretch Knit Tunic

  • layered chiffon inset crossover V-neck
  • 3/4 sleeves
  • deep side vents
  • a-line fit
  • soft stretch viscose knit
  • Size-adjusted length approx. 33′ – 34½’


  • elastic waist
  • slim leg
  • Sienna fit
  • stretch cotton blend knit fabirc
  • Inseam approx. 30¾’


  • V-neck and narrow lapel 
  • Flared skirts and dresses
  • Vertical lines and flowing fabrics for the upper body
  • Horizontal lines for the lower body
  • Decorative elements in the hip area like a belt, rivets, or embroidery
  • Dark colors for the upper body
  • Light or striking colors on the hips and legs
  • Pants that sit on the hips
  • Dresses with a low waist in a ’20s style


  • Boat neckline
  • Tight pants and skirts
  • Puff sleeves and decorative elements on the upper body
  • Boxy-cut tops
  • Striking colors on the upper body

Balance out your proportions with a flared skirt

If you’ve got a V-shaped body, you can make your broad shoulders look less masculine by emphasizing your feminine side with flared skirts or A-line dresses. Thanks to the A-shape, the shoulders are not the center of attention, and the gaze is no longer automatically drawn to the upper body. This trick works best with short, knee-length, and at most calf-length skirts or dresses.

Voluminous clothing on the lower body is generally a good idea if you have broad shoulders. With Marlene pants or culottes you can visually balance out broad shoulders in a trendy way even when wearing pants. The waistband of all your pants should sit more on the hips and thus not accentuate your waist. This would slim your lower body and thus emphasize the V-shape even more.

Flared skirt


  • stand-up collar
  • front diagonal ribbed designs
  • drop shoulders and long rib knit folded cuff sleeves
  • rib knit hem
  • soft stretch acrylic blend knit
  • Size-adjusted length approx. 26¾’ – 30′


  • fixed waist with invisible back zipper
  • front and back seam details
  • on-seam pockets
  • flared hem
  • soft supple polyester faux leather
  • Size-adjusted length approx. 25¼’ – 26¾’

Figure Shaping Stretch Tights – look slimmer in minutes. Figure shaping panty area especially for large sizes.

Ankle boots

  • Echtes Veloursleder
  • Elastische Einsätze
  • Innenzipper
  • Schafthöhe ca. 12 cm
  • Weite H
“For me, my fashion always reflects my mood. Sometimes I feel like wearing a playful dress, sometimes I feel like wearing a hoodie with a pantsuit. However, I always prefer to wear high-quality and comfortable clothes that optimally accentuate my body type. These are usually modern takes on timeless classics, like this classic A-line skirt made of trendy faux leather. I can then combine good basics like this from my wardrobe with the latest trends time and again in new and different ways. My motto in a nutshell: Good style knows no size.”

A V-neck draws attention to the middle of the body

If you don’t like wearing dresses or skirts, a V-neck allows you to distract from your broad shoulders towards the middle of your upper body. The same effect can be achieved with a narrow lapel or vertical lines running mainly down the middle of sweaters or shirts. Large round necklines are also ideal—but make sure to avoid boat necklines. These make the broad shoulder line visually even wider.



  • open stand-up collar
  • front pleat
  • 3/4 vented hem sleeves
  • side seam pockets
  • side vents
  • Length approx. 37½’, from size 20/22 approx. 39′


  • high rise
  • flat front, elastic sides and back wasit
  • front leg crease seam
  • slim leg Sienna fit
  • woven stretch viscose/polyamide blend
  • Inseam approx. 30¾’


  • organic cotton
  • adjustable tassel tie round notch neck
  • long sleeves with woven embroidered flounce hem
  • woven embroidered hem
  • Size-adjusted length approx. 28¼’ – 30′

Jeggings with an ultra-comfortable all elastic waist and practical belt loops. A perfect alternative to regular jeans. Thanks to the high stretch content these pants provide an effortless fit for every day wear. 2 back patch pockets and a back yoke for improved fit. Fit: jean leggings. Style: Sienna.

Which jacket suits a V-shaped body?

When it comes to jackets and coats, styles that focus on the hips rather than the upper body are better. This works particularly well with jackets and coats which

  • have an A-line style,
  • have decorative elements like pockets in the hip area,
  • are collarless, have an open stand-up collar or a narrow lapel,
  • highlight your waist (blazers),
  • have a single-row design (double rows create a visually wider look).

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