Shoulder pads were a bad memory from the 80s, until Balmain gave them a modern and cool twist! Now oversized and more daring, the peaked shoulders give structure to the feminine silhouette!
But shoulder pads aren't the only way to give shape to your upper body. Frills, ruffles, beads... our shoulders are the stars of the season!
à la Balmain
Blazer from Bershka, shirt from The Edge by Supertrash, Moschino Belt, Jil Sander pants. The clogs are Ralph Lauren, the socks were bought at H&M and the sunnies at Mango. Bag from Factory Fox
"I have to say that I'm totally obsessed with shoulder pads. They complete every single outfit and make it special. With 'Power Shoulders' you can create a very stylish, cool, classic and edgy look, but still in a very feminine way. I love shoulder pads because they give you much more elegance and very defined shoulders. They're an eye-catcher, they can be just simple or very high class with maybe loads of perls, sequins, rhinestones and so on."
Tops and pants from Zara
Annachiara goes for an earth tone ensemble that would be perfect for next fall!
Striped tee: PETIT BATEAU
"Whether it's big shoulder pads or simple details around the shoulder, one thing is for sure: shoulders have make their comeback this year!
To make your outfit works: make the shoulders grab the attention and keep everything else to a minimal.
That jacket from Balmain is one of my favorites, it's such a statement piece!"
Kookai Breton stripes top at Placesdestendances.com (18,00 €)
Balmain Crystal-embellished wrap jacket at TheOutnet.com Original Price $7,170 NOW $2,151
Get Emilie's Look!
Giuseppe Zanotti flats at Couture.zappos.com (450.36$)
Blanco top, vintage levis shorts, new look shoes
With her hat, cross necklace, vintage shorts and black boots, Anne Laure makes the shoulder pads EDGY and grunge!
Edgy shoulder padded blazer from Queens Wardrobe, H&M tanktop, Scarf borrowed from her boyfriend, Destroyed jeans and wedges from Bershka
"The shoulder padded blazer is the perfect garment to accentuate feminity.
These blazer were inspired by mens wear, so what better way to express feminity than by wearing something that men would wear.
The title already describes what I am trying to say... Power."
Forever 21 mesh corset
Country Road bag
Wild Rose studded heels
Power shoulders blazer from ebay
Get Marcella's look!
Power shoulder tuxedo jacket on ebay.com (AU $62.99 )
"When I came home for christmas after spending 6 months in London, I walked into my favourite french fashion store and picked up a lovely little sailor shirt with gorgeous details on the shoulders. I thought I was being so cool and original. I walked out and started noticing that ACTUALLY ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE was wearing the same shirt here. This is why I keep looking for original ways to wear it, to not be caught dressed the same as someone else at a party or in the street, which I HATE."
Sando blouse, H&M dress, Topshop shoes
Get Camille's look!
Sandro GLITTER MARINIÈRE BLANC at Placesdestendances.com (156,00 €)
Sequins shoulder t-shirt by Farm (brazilian brand), Zara skirt, vintage skinny belt and Arezzo heels (brazilian brand).
are a must in any outfit, especially in the simple ones like my own. I always prefer to keep it simple and add just a few powerful details on my outfits, and the shoulder pads are my favorite choice. When you have those powerful details, you don't need to do much more."
Tobi's shoulder pads have a cool military vibe!
"I love how versatile a simple T-shirt with shoulder pads and embellishment can be. I love dressing things up and down and I did a fashion no no here - mixed silver and gold but I love it and it worked. Fashion shouldn't have too many rules."
"I've always loved strong shoulders, they create a sharper silhouette on a woman's figure and give shape and structure to any outfit. I find myself especially drawn to peaked, sequin shoulder embellishment; there's almost a futuristic element at play."
"I truly think that shoulders can be the most empowering and sexy part of the body. Embellished shoulders show off this feature by extenuating your shoulders. Not only men can wear shoulder pads! Embellished shoulders also aren't only for work and can be played down like with a casual pair of Converses."
Top from H&M. Shorts, Abercrombie. Tights, Unknown. Shoes, converses.
Leeloo contrasts her khaki army jacket with soft white flowers in her hair.
For this shoot, Bella explains:
"We ended up on an obscure road that led only to fields of corn and unexplainable light falling over us like curtains. But finally, my sharp-shoulder infatuation has been commemorated."
Maria fell in love with Balmain's power shoulder dress, but couldn't find in the store something similar. So, what did she do? She made her own dress! How brilliant!
Kaitlin Isabella adds a futuristic vibe to her simple black dress with her sharp sunglasses and wedges, and matching color tights and necklace.
"When I first tried this jacket, I haden't noticed the shoulder pads (it seems obvious on the picture but hanging in a store, it wasn't!). When I looked in the mirror, I just fell in love with it.
Shirt, necklace and jacket from H&M, aquaverde jeans, Marc by Marc Jacobs flats, Balenciaga bag, wayfarer sunglasses
Everytime I wear it, I feel so strong. Big shoulder boost your self esteem and it helps you getting noticed everytime!
And, most importantly, as people focus on your shoulder, they don't look at what you're trying to hide!"
Lace shoulder pad mini dress, bought at a flea market, Mango three-strap Mary-Jane pumps.
"I like this trend because it gives me a more classy and vintage look"
"My dress is a Vintage 1940s Wool dress with little velvet bows on the shoulder area. I noticed this style is coming back lately so it was really fun to wear my puffy sleeved dress when so many people wear similar dresses that are brand new! A Poof without the pads!"
Etsy dress, Capezio shoes
Elvezz modernizes her flower printed sweater by pairing it with denim shorts and Zara wedges!
Soft in shape and color, Jovana's blouse looks vintage and goes perfectly with simple black pants.
Thank you to all participants
Fashionable shops used in this feature
Saskia: Daring Fashion
Anna Chiara: Anyannachiara
Anne Laure: Adénorah
Ilanka: Fashion Nerdic
Marcella: Fashion Distraction
Camille: Over the Rainbow
Andrea: My Fashion Days
Tobi: Style by Queens
Julia: Porcelain Complexion
Anna Katrina: Passport Glamour
Leeloo: Le Dressing de Leeloo
Bella: Vintage Lollipops
Maria: Mode Fatale
Kaitlin Isabella: A Buffalo Stance
Axelle: Style Playground
Victoria: Justice Pirate
Elvezz: El Armario De Me Chica