How to make my shoulders smaller?

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#1 ChibiDannimon on 1 year ago

I have broad shoulders, heck they are basically football pads. Its preventing me from being able to buy or obtain the cosplays I want. If I had normal sized shoulders I would easily fit in Mediums and Larges. But because of my shoulders, I have to order at the smallest, 3XL. I cant afford to hire a costumer right now so I have to buy either second hand.

I dont know what to do I want to keep cosplaying but because of my football pads for shoulders I cant cosplay the cute characters I want to be.

#2 Maurishio-kun on 1 year ago

Stop doing whatever shoulder-heavy-work you're doing!
Ex: Carrying a heavy backpack.

#3 xIkuna on 1 year ago

You can't, that's just your body shape. Instead you have to make your body work for you. Add a butt/hip pad to even it out if you want to look more feminine.

#4 gypsy_girl on 1 year ago

I have pretty big shoulders for my size, too. Most of the times the shoulder seams don't end us where they're supposed to be. I find for off the rack, I have to buy items with stretch or styles that have more give in the shoulders and bust area. (large busted, too.) Peasant blouses work well. For Lolita, I try to buy as big as I can and just let it be poofy in other areas.

#5 ChibiDannimon on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=gypsy_girl;5066523]I have pretty big shoulders for my size, too. Most of the times the shoulder seams don't end us where they're supposed to be. I find for off the rack, I have to buy items with stretch or styles that have more give in the shoulders and bust area. (large busted, too.) Peasant blouses work well. For Lolita, I try to buy as big as I can and just let it be poofy in other areas.[/QUOTE]

Any suggestions on how to order a school uniform cosplay that factors in broad shoulders. Im hoping to buy a New Ryuko Cosplay *Kill La Kill* and maybe a Love Live Uniform *Sunshine or Muse*

#6 EXEC_HYMME_MACARON on 1 year ago

I actually have the opposite problem. My shoulders are super tiny.. and while that may seem like a good thing, things are always slipping or falling down.

As for suggestions

1. Buy bigger. If a 3XL fits your shoulders, get a 3XL and have what needs to be taken in taken in. If you're nervous about going to a tailor who might judge you, look around on facebook or other social media sites for cosplayers in or near your area who would be willing to make some alterations for you. To save money you can look at groups dedicated to selling plus size cosplays. Most often it's more cost effective to buy second hand.

Can't find someone to do alterations for you? A few well placed safety pins should work in a pinch.

2. Mix and match with store bought clothing. For example let's say you do a school uniform from Love Live. You could you the skirt and tie and buy a button down shirt from a normal store that you know will fit. To avoid the jacket, do a Summer version, or tie it around your waist.

#7 Asmaria on 1 year ago

I have this same problem with my hips. I agree, you're probably gonna have to buy large, and take it in smaller. I tried to force myself to fit into smaller for a uniform once (the top fit perfect!) but the zipper on the pants popped! OTL

#8 scribblingninja on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Asmaria;5066549]I have this same problem with my hips. I agree, you're probably gonna have to buy large, and take it in smaller.[/QUOTE]

It's what celebrities do! (No really, this why actors always look amazing even in like, a t-shirt and jeans.)

#9 Blood_Sword on 1 year ago

One thing you could do to minimize the impact of your wide shoulders (assuming you want to look feminine) is to use hip padding to balance it out. Also, if you're concerned about how your shoulders look you could read up on what kind of clothes to wear/avoid to enhance other areas of your body etc. You can create a lot of illusions with just small things on clothing like seam placement, patterns etc – keep it in mind when choosing what kind of characters you do. :)

#10 Angel Tear on 1 year ago

A lot of the time it's a bone structure scenario and not a lot can be done aside from padding in other areas like others have mentioned.
For example my weight clings to my stomach and I'm not busty, so I'll often have a nice padded bra to balance myself out - it looks so much better.

I have similar issues with pre-made costumes, so I buy from vendors who do custom sizes and include shoulder width and also request a skirt length because most of the time they barely skim my buttcheeks.

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