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Pump up the volume with statement shoulders

BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 24 OCT 2009 21:47 TIPS & ADVICECOMMENTS

Make sure your shoulders stand out this season.

Make sure your shoulders stand out this season.

Love it or hate it, the ’80s revival is back with this season’s exaggerated shoulder trend.

I remember doing it first time round in the style of Krystle Carrington and Joan Collins. The rule then was – ‘the bigger the better’ and if mum dared buy me a jacket with just one set of shoulder pads in, there was hell to pay. I thought the trend was long gone until this season’s catwalks were awash with structured shoulders, puff ball sleeves and shoulder pads (again!).

Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Tinsley Mortimer, The Olsen twins and Lady Gaga have already donned the trend. It’s BIG news and, even more interestingly, a huge shift in silhouette with the focus being on blazers with sculptured shoulders and cocktail dresses with puff ball sleeves.

Tips for stylish shoulders…

  • Pagoda jackets have emphasised shoulders so keep the rest of your ensemble simple. Team with skinny jeans, streamlined dresses, straight leg trousers and pencil skirts
  • The shoulder drama isn’t just about jackets. Cocktail dresses with puff sleeves are back, so if you were looking for a different party outfit this Christmas, the puff ball sleeve is sure to get you noticed
  • Keep shoulder pads in perspective. The smaller your frame, the smaller the shoulder pads should be
  • Exaggerated shoulders will widen your frame so define your waist for a proportionate look
  • If big shoulders aren’t for you, then try a one-shoulder dress to show off your shoulders the subtle way
  • My final and ultimate rule is to always wear any trend with confidence. It’s an ’80s power trend so make Krystal Carrington and Joan Collins proud

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