Adam Glassman
Photo: Patrick Andersson
Q: I'm shaped like a vee: broad on top with skinny legs. What's the best way to dress?
A: Strong, commanding shoulders are a thing of beauty—they make clothes hang better. All you need are a few figure-balancing strategies:
  • Offset your upper body with volume below: wide-leg pants; fuller skirts.
  • Look for details that draw the eye up and down, not across—vee or scoop necks, vertical embellishments, long scarves and necklaces.
  • Choose soft shoulders, raglan sleeves, halters—anything that isn't crisp and squared-off.
  • Define your waist, or you'll look boxy. If a jacket fits your shoulders but is too big overall, have it altered.
    Adam's figure-balancing picks


halterneck dress Halterneck narrows shoulders: Cocktail dress with black rosettes

color-blocked dress Color-blocking sculpts the body: Long-sleeved dress

embellished sweater Eye-catching, strategically placed jewels: Scoopneck sweater

shirt and sweater Vertical design elongates the torso: Button-down shirt and argyle vest


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