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Toned & Trendy: Two Ways to Flatter Broad Shoulders

Toned & Trendy: Two Ways to Flatter Broad Shoulders

I ran track for from elementary school through my senior year of high school, and they were some of the best years of my life. They taught me discipline, the value of teamwork, how to win and lose with grace, and so much more. Thanks to all that running around in circles, I've managed to stay in (relatively) decent shape as time has marched on.

While I've always been grateful for my health, it took me awhile to appreciate and understand my athletic frame. Once I did, however, fashion became fun! In that vein, I figured I couldn't be the only one who struggled in this area; thus, I've created Toned & Trendy series to help my fellow fit and fabulous folks find flattering clothing outside the gym. 

I'll be tackling the entire body in this series, but for today, we're tackling the upper body. Specifically, I'm talking about the relationship between broad shoulders and tops with spaghetti/thinner straps. Before I discovered how to put the two together, I made mistakes that seemed to exaggerate my upper body in an unflattering way—I'd see myself in pictures and think I looked like The Hulk! Now, I know better and I've teamed up with Tobi.com to help me present two options for peeps with similar frames. One is more conservative, while the other involves showing off those delts and traps! 

Option 1: Add a Layer

I am the queen of stretchy jackets, cardigans, coats and blazers, y'all! I have an entire arsenal for layering purposes and I reach for 'em year-round. They give my wardrobe versatility and allow me to create outfits with more visual interest. Further, they keep me warm whenever Denver's unpredictable rears its head. For example, this flowy, boho dress from Tobi is perfect for a summertime music festival, but a denim jacket and cute faux leather backpack grounds the look, making it perfect for the blustery, Spring day of our shoot. 

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Couldn't leave without showing the sweet little back of this dress! It's just enough skin to be interesting without risking any wardrobe malfunctions. :)

Couldn't leave without showing the sweet little back of this dress! It's just enough skin to be interesting without risking any wardrobe malfunctions. :)

Option 2: Show Some Shoulder (but break up the space)

In this instance, I've used my hair to take up some of the space on my shoulders, which helps soften the look and frame the neckline of this Tobi skater dress. If you have short hair or don't like wearing your hair down, throwing a thick-strapped tank or t-shirt (oh, heeeey, 90s fashion!) under the dress can yield similar results. Either way, the "guns" are proudly on full display. I finished off the look with fun animal-print booties from Thredup to lengthen the leg line. Had it been warmer, I would've chosen a comfy pair of sandals. In the Fall, I might add a turtleneck and tights underneath. As a wife and working mom, it's important that my clothing be attractive, functional, and versatile; otherwise, it's just taking up valuable real estate in my closet.  

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Those goosebumps, though! Denver, I do not think Spring means what you think it means...#Brrr 

Those goosebumps, though! Denver, I do not think Spring means what you think it means...#Brrr 

See, here's another one of those layers again! Snuck this one in so you could see a cool-weather look for this dress. As an aside, it was FREEZING the day we shot this series! *shakes fist at Denver's fickle weather*

See, here's another one of those layers again! Snuck this one in so you could see a cool-weather look for this dress. As an aside, it was FREEZING the day we shot this series! *shakes fist at Denver's fickle weather*


Alrighty, friends! That will do it for this first installment of Toned & Trendy! I've got so many ideas for more additions to this series, but please feel free to leave any questions or comments below. I want to make sure I'm creating resources for you, not at you. Be sure to check back here for Part 2, which should be up in the next week (weather permitting). Or, better yet, click here to subscribe to my newsletter so you don't miss a thing!  

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