Tim Gunn's Rules of Style

The Project Runway mentor and fashion guru answers all your style conundrums.


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    Wide Range

    "I have extremely broad shoulders and an athletic back. In feminine dresses, I feel like I look too manly — being small-chested doesn't help. Any advice?"

    Women can be categorized in two ways: those whose shoulders are narrower than their hips and those whose shoulders are wider, with the popular belief being that the latter is easier to dress. It is! Our clothes give us the opportunity to create an optical illusion. Sleeveless items will always enhance you. When wearing sleeves, make sure they're fitted. Color blocking is also great for your build: Look for tops in which the sleeves and bodice are different colors. V-necks will be most flattering — and under no circumstances should you wear anything with a shoulder pad. Finally, your ideal dress is a sheath, rather than a shift: Both styles are sleeveless, but a sheath has darts in the bodice for a fitted look. Celebrate your great shape!

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