And this year it's all about the latter.
Asymmetrical gowns, with their striking and sophisticated silhouettes, are big news in 2011.
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Their unique necklines accentuate beautiful shoulders, while the fuller skirts give extra help in creating that nipped-in waist look and also hide fuller hips.
Alternatively, the asymmetry of the straps can be used to disguise squarer shoulders by making them appear softer.