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Most Flattering T-Shirts For Broad Shoulders On Women

flattering tshirt for broad shoulders
Madewell $19.50 $9.99

Many of my clients are broad-shouldered women, which typically means their shoulders are wider than their hips. This body type is called an inverted triangle. It’s one of the most underserved body types in the fashion world and my clients are constantly in search of the best women’s t-shirts for broad shoulders.

Best Women’s T-Shirts For Broad Shoulders

Repeat after me: scoop neck, scoop neck, scoop neck. This is the most important styling tip every broad-shouldered woman needs to know. The most flattering t-shirts for broad shoulders are always scoop necks. V-necks can work too, but it must be a curved vee (like the picture above). If the line of the vee is too straight, it’s not much better than a crewneck, which most of you probably know by now adds a lot of volume to the shoulders. You also want to skip square necks. Your broad shoulders are already mimicking the hard lines of a square, so we need to get away from that. Instead, we want to create the appearance of curves on this inverted triangle body type. A u-neck can also create curves, and if your shoulders are not much wider than your hips, an open boat neck can work as well. Let’s break this down:

  • Scoop necks, soft v-necks, and u-necks are a must for flattering shirts for broad shoulders. Crewnecks add width.
  • Your tops must define your breasts, armpits, and arms. Drop sleeves and dolman sleeves add weight.
  • Angled, fitted cap sleeves in a flexible fabric slim the shoulder.
  • Tank tops should have medium-width straps that sit at an angle. Thick, straight straps on a tank top will make you look boxy. And tiny spaghetti straps make your shoulders look huge in comparison.

The No-Nos: Stop buying crewnecks. Stop buying drop sleeves. Stop buying dolman sleeves. The shoulder seam of your shirt should always be exactly where your shoulder ends. There are few exceptions to this.

How to Make Broad Shoulders Look Smaller

This post was originally created to simply provide the best women’s t-shirts for broad shoulders. But it became so popular, I expanded my shopping recommendations to other types of flattering clothes for broad shoulders and wanted to go into more detail on the inverted triangle body type. The main goal in dressing a woman with shoulders more prominent than her hips is to create hips. Fit and flare dresses and aline dresses are great for creating the illusion of hips. If you have a smooth stomach, no matter your size, snug fitting ruched dresses are also amazing if you have minimal hips. Below you’ll find the best t-shirts for broad shoulders, along with flattering dresses, blazers, and button-down shirts.

Sundance Cassity Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Sundance $65

Available at Sundance.

Sizing: XS-XXL

Material: cotton, modal, spandex

J.Crew Cotton Scoopneck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
J.Crew $34.50 $16.50

This tee offers a high scoop neck which is perfect for those who prefer a more modest look!

Available at J.Crew Factory.

Sizing: XXS-3X

Material: 100% cotton

GAP Linen-Blend T-Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
GAP $14-$19.99 $14

Available at GAP.

Sizing: XXS-XXL

Material: 52% linen, 48% polyester

Another Tomorrow Ballet Scoop Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Another Tomorrow $160 $96

This tee is see-through, so it works well if you’re going for a sexier look.

Available at Another Tomorrow and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sizing: XS-XL. Runs small, so order a size up for a better fit.

Material: 100% lyocell (seacell)

prAna Cozy Up Scoop Neck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
prAna $48.99

Available at Zappos, prAna, and Amazon.

Sizing: S-XL

Material: 55% hemp, 35% recycled polyester, 10% TENCEL™ Lyocell®

Garnet Hill Organic-Linen Cap-Sleeve Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Garnet Hill $79

Available at Garnet Hill.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% organic linen

James Perse Deep V-Neck T-Shirt

best shirts for broad shoulders
James Perse $100 $29.97-$39.97

This t-shirt is available at Nordstrom Rack and Amazon and comes in a multitude of colors!

Sizing + Fit: True to size. But order a size down as well to compare.

NZT by Nic+Zoe Scoop Neck T-Shirt

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NZT by Nic+Zoe $78 $54.60

This tee by NZT Nic + Zoe is the best t-shirt for women ever made. It’s the only t-shirt that I have put on every single client, of every age and every body type. Not one client was disappointed in it. That scoop neck flatters every single woman from large chested to small busted — and of course, it flatters broad shoulders as well. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Amazon.

Sizing + Fit: True to size. But order a size down as well to compare.

ATM Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee

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ATM $90

I just had to show you the ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Slub Tee in this wonderful teal shade as well. This tee is available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size.

JCPenney Womens Plus Scoop Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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JCPenney $18 $13.50

Sizing + Fit: True to size.

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Madewell $19.50

This is one of my go-to flattering shirts for broad shoulders. The deep curved v-neck of the Madewell Whisper Cotton Pocket Tee disrupts wider shoulders. I know there is a pocket, but it is well-placed and doesn’t add weight. Plus, this shirt comes in a rainbow of colors.

Sizing Tip: Runs a little small. Order a size up to compare fits.

Tommy Bahama Ashby Isles Curve Hem T-Shirt

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Tommy Bahama $64.50

This flattering t-shirt for broad shoulders is available at Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, and Zappos.

Sizing Tip: Runs slightly big. Order your true size as well as a size down to compare.

Athleta Breezy Scoop V Tee

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Athleta $49 $11.97-$49

Sizing Tip: True to size, but order a size down as well to compare.

Michael Stars Jana Scoop Neck Flutter Sleeve Top

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Michael Stars $79.16

Oh look, another scoop neck. I love the unique sleeves on the Michael Stars flutter sleeve tee for an updated look to the plain white tee. It is also one of the rare white t-shirts that is not super see-through and looks nothing like an undershirt. Tie it into a knot at the waist and pair it with a skirt for a flirty put-together t-shirt look. This tee is available at Amazon.

Sizing Tip: This has “no size” but this just means it has 1 size. It will fit women sizes 6-12. It will be loose on a size 6 woman, and fitted on a size 12 woman.

Splendid Deep U-Neck Tee

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Splendid $48

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Slub V-Neck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
ATM $90

The super curved v-neck on this ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Slub Tee is wonderfully flattering. This tee is available in several colors at Bloomingdale’s, ATM, & Saks 5th Avenue.

Theory Sunaya Silk-Stretch Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Theory $245

This Theory Sunaya Silk-Stretch Shirt is super stretchy, soft, and flattering — what more could you ask for in a button-down? This shirt is available at Bloomingdale’s and Saks 5th Avenue.

Sizing Tip: Runs big, which is odd for Theory, but true.

Vince High/Low Stretch Silk Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Vince $325

The angle on the shoulder seam of the Vince High/Low Stretch Silk Shirt is doing all the favors for broad shoulders. Plus, this stretch silk is everything for a broad shouldered woman — you’ll want to wear this shirt all day. Also, notice the length and side slit — you can leave this shirt untucked and still look put together. This shirt is available at Nordstrom (plus size, here), Vince, Neiman Marcus, and Shopbop.

ATM Schoolboy V-Neck Tee

best shirts for broad shoulders
ATM $100 $9.97-$39.97

This tee is available at Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, and ATM.

Sizing Tip: True to size.

Nic+Zoe Vital V-Neck Sweater

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Nic+Zoe $108 $75.60

This shirt is available at Nordstrom.

Enza Costa Cap Sleeve U Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Enza Costa $95.67

You must have a flat stomach for this Enza Costa Cap Sleeve U Tee, but that deep v-neck and those angled sleeves will slim your shoulders.

Sizing Tip: Runs small. Order a size up.

Veronica Beard Cindy V-Neck T-Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Veronica Beard $98

The Veronica Beard Cindy V-Neck T-Shirt is another soft, versatile tee with a flattering drape. This t-shirt is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Shopbop, and Veronica Beard.

Rag & Bone The Vee Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Rag & Bone $90

Rag & Bone’s The Vee Tee is great for a soft, white tee in a flattering cut. Plus, it’s not sheer! This tee is available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Theory Sunaya Silk-Stretch Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Theory $245

Here’s that wonderfully soft and flattering Theory Sunaya Silk-Stretch Shirt I mentioned above in black.

Sizing Tip: Runs big, which is odd for Theory, but true.

Kut from the Kloth Jacqueline Denim Jacket

most flattering shirt for broad shoulders
Kut from the Kloth $89

This jacket is available at Nordstrom.

Cinq à Sept Khloe Ruched Sleeve Blazer

flattering blazers for broad shoulders
Cinq à Sept $395

This Cinq à Sept Khloe Ruched Sleeve Blazer can be dressed up or down and pairs wonderfully with most of the flattering shirts for broad shoulders featured in this post. It looks like it might make your shoulders appear even broader, but it absolutely will not! It’s just too big for this narrowed shouldered model. It’s available at Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, Amazon, and Shopbop.

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Slub V-Neck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
ATM $90

I just had to show you the ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Slub Tee in this wonderful canary shade as well. This tee is available in yellow at Nordstrom and in several other colors at Bloomingdale’s, ATM, & Saks 5th Avenue.

Boss Bashina Stretch Poplin Blouse

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Boss $198

This supremely stretchy Boss Bashina Poplin Blouse is tailored on the sides for a very slim fit, but has good width at the shoulders. It is not for the very broad shouldered, but a lot of you ladies will love it.

Sizing Tip: Runs small, order 1-2 sizes up.

Most Flattering Shirts For Broad Shoulders From The Past

Flattering Shirts For Broad Shoulders

I originally wrote this post in 2014. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Badgley Mischka Odessa Pleat Cocktail Dress

flattering dresses for broad shoulders
Badgley Mischka $375

I know this post is focused on flattering shirts for broad shoulders, but I just had to show you the Badgley Mischka Odessa Pleat Cocktail Dress. It might seem that it would make your shoulders broader, but it does not. It tempers the width with all the elements we’ve talked about — angled, fitted cap sleeves with a v-neck that defines your breasts, armpits, and arms. I put this on a very broad shouldered client this week who is extremely picky and self-conscious about her shoulders and this was her favorite piece of the day!

Rag & Bone Gemma Floral Jacquard Cotton Blend Top

best shirts for broad shoulders
Rag & Bone $150 $100.50

This top is available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Marine Layer Classic Scoop Neck Tee

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Marine Layer $45 $22

AllSaints Eemelyn Shimmer V-Neck T-Shirt

flattering t-shirts for broad shoulders
AllSaints $65

Sizing + Fit: True to size.

Halogen Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Halogen $32

My clients are all dying for this uber soft Halogen Modal Jersey V-Neck Tee. It is insanely flattering on everyone, including broad shouldered women.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but it is quite stretchy, so feel free to go down a size if you have a taut body.

Nordstrom Signature Stretch Silk Button-Up Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Nordstrom Signature $229

The Nordstrom Signature Stretch Silk Button-Up Shirt is made from an incredibly comfortable stretch silk, which means your shoulders will never be encumbered. It also has a nice wide cut on the shoulders as you can see on the model. This is my favorite work-appropriate shirt for broad shouldered woman right now. I’m obsessed with its comfort and versatility. That color palette means it can go with practically anything, from slacks and skirts to jeans. It can pair with greens, camel, blush, dark blue, light blue, black, brown, and rust.

BP All Day Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
BP $19 $11.90

The BP All Day Tee is one of my favorite solid colored t-shirts of all time, and that u-neck makes it particularly flattering for all my broad-shouldered clients. Plus, it comes in an array of colors.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size.

All in Favor Surplice Top

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
All in Favor $39 $11.70

The raglan sleeve combined with the v-neck on this  All in Favor Surplice Top is extremely flattering for broad shoulders. Just make sure you size down to avoid an oversized look.

Joie Chinaru Floral Peplum Cotton Top

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Joie $168

The angle of the straps and neckline of the Joie Chinaru Floral Peplum Cotton Top are perfection.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but most likely you will want to take in on the sides. It’s too wide, but after you alter the torso, you will love it. It is best for women 5′ 4″ or shorter.

1901 Button Up Stripe Shirt

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
1901 $69 $41.40

Notice the angle of the shoulder seam on this 1901 Button Up Linen and Cotton Stripe Shirt. This angle is a broad shoulder’s friend. Also, notice that there is no pocket on the chest. Pockets add weight and width.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but also order one size up to compare.

Eileen Fisher High/Low Silk Top

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Eileen Fisher $268

This Eileen Fisher High/Low Silk Top is 100% silk and extremely comfortable. Notice those angled cap sleeves and flattering v-neck. Pair with leggings or skinny jeans.

Sizing Tip: Runs quite large. Order 1-2 sizes down. Looks best on taller women (5′ 6″+).

Lafayette 148 New York Reese V-Neck Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Lafayette 148 New York $248

The angled cap sleeves and V-shaped lines on the Lafayette 148 New York Reese V-Neck Tee give it a flattering and elegant look. This top is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.

Sizing Tip: Runs large, order a size down.

Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! Mondello Slub Pocket Tee

flattering shirts for broad shoulders
Gibson $49 $29.40

I love the bright red color of the Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! Mondello Slub Pocket Tee. Plus that scoop neck and slanted cap sleeve are doing us all the favors. It’s also available in plus sizes, here.

Athleta Outbound Scoop Tee

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Athleta $69 $19.97

This is one of the most flattering shirts for broad shoulders ever made — plus, it comes in an array of colors.

Sizing Tip: Runs a little small so order your usual size and a size up to compare.

Athleta Stratus II Tee

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Athleta $59

Sizing Tip: Runs large and long. Order your regular size as well as a size down to compare and don’t be scared to invest in hemming it if you are below 5′ 6″.

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6 Responses

  1. How about the other arch nemesis of broad shouldered women- the button up shirt/blouse?

  2. I wish you’d shown these clothes with broad shouldered women.

    1. Right?! The models in the garments are all I have unfortunately. I did trial these shirts on my broad shouldered clients, but they wish to remain private so there are no pictures of them that I can ethically make public.

  3. I have broad shoulders and most of these tops would not be flattering on me. No slub! If horizontal stripes widen the torso (as they do on me), slub has the same effect, in addition to negating any hint of muscle tone. Also I must have princess seams as button-down blouses hang on me like a pup-tent otherwise. Tucking in is generally not an option unless I want to look like a belted pillow, and this would also rely on my pants fitting correctly at the waistband which they never do. Angled shoulder seams (as in the surplice blouse) are also a no-no as they make me look like I’m ready to beat someone up. But yeay for vertical stripes! – if only I could find them in colors I like…

  4. This is so helpful! Any tips for work out tanks and swim suits for broad shoulders?!!!

    1. Hi Barb! I am so delighted you enjoyed it! I will add your requests to our editorial calendar!

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