The Bold Shoulder

Mimi ON Nov 25, 2009 AT 9:22 am

Victoria Beckham in Balmain

Victoria Beckham in Balmain

If you shuddered when you first saw the 80s inspired shoulder-pads this autumn, put down your magazine in disbelief, and flipped through another- only to find more of them, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Just what is it about the return of the 80s that scares us so much?

After mulling it over for some time, we’ve given in and decided that this is a trend we definitely support- the trick is just figuring out how to pull off the look without looking like an MC Hammer video extra.

If you haven’t been convinced just yet, think about the figure-flattering pluses that go hand in hand with the return of the structured shoulder- be it in a jacket, dress, or top. Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure Magazine says of the jackets: “They make the waist and hips look smaller, and they give a defined look, vs. the slouchy, relaxed throw-a-cardigan-over-everything style of dressing.” It’s a great way to step away from the over done, boho-chic look and makes quite a bold statement.

Feeling inspired and up for the style challenge now? Good. We’ve found that as far as jackets go, the easiest cut to wear is a three-quarter-sleeve bolero style jacket. Remember that the point is to have defined and structured shoulders in a cut that flatters you the most. Make sure that you feel comfortable and confident wearing the size and shape of the shoulder you pick. Remember, they called them “power-suits” in the 80s for a reason.

Torn by Ronny Kobo

Torn by Ronny Kobo

The way to keep your 80s jacket look fresh and glamourous looking is by pairing the jacket with a simple T-shirt, skinny jeans, and sky-high heels. The structure of the jacket paired with the sleek silhouette will draw attention to your waist and make it appear smaller. Follow these simple guidelines and you’re sure to look polished.

Victoria Beckham has been spotted several times wearing her favourite- the Balmain leather military jacket. Posh has found her match, now it’s time to find yours. But if jackets aren’t quite your thing, designers like Alexander McQueen have incorporated the structured shoulders into dresses and tops as well. We quite like McQueen’s Striped column dress. Not only do the shoulders make your waist look tiny but, the gradient colour flatters the figure even more. For an easy, affordable option that’s perfect for a date or holiday party, we like this feminine, leopard-print top from Torn by Ronny Kobo tucked into a black skirt.
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