Could you take a shawl you own and sort of wrap it around your arms so its looks like a shrug and see what you think of it? Or maybe go to a store and try on a shrug or two? That would let you determine if the overall style works on your body type... I have big shoulders and a bit of a "belly problem" so all a shrug does is emphasize my problems, but I wasn't sure of that until I tried some on. Just a thought...