What looks to be a big trend for 2010 is anything to do with the shoulder. I’m talking shoulder pads, shoulder embellishment, anything to dow ith exaggeration of the shoulder. It’s definately a trend people are scraed to embrace. But I don’t understand why. There’s nothing scray about shoulder pads. I think most people are scared to look like a footballer, but, the truth is, when worn properly the shoulder pad can be one of the most flattering trends (regardless that it was an ’80s trend!).
The trick to embracing this seasons trend is to follow some shoulder-rules. Trust me- once you learn how to wear this trend correctly, you’ll be wondering why you were ever scared in the first place.
Rule 1: Shoulder pads should be the focal point of the outfit- If you’re working shoulder pads, it’s important not to go too overboard with any other piece of the outfit. Simple ways to wear shoulder pads include in a blazor or jacket (teamed with skinny jeans or shorts) or with a mini dress. It’s important to place emphasis on the shoulder, so by keeping the rest of the outfit neutral (and preferably tight-fitting), the shoulder will be left to do the talking.
Rule 2: Keep accesories to a minimum- When wearing an embellished shoulder (not neccesarily a shoulder pad), it’s important not to go overboard with jewellery. Let the jewells in the embellishment be your accesorizing. It’s fine to compliment the piece with rings, or a simple necklace (depending on the design) but there is such a thing as ‘less is more’ in fashion. This is one of those times.
Rule 3: Shoulder pads are better with a full sleeve- For more of a flattering look, try to wear shoulder pads as part of a long sleeve top/dress/jacket. Don’t go Lady Gaga with the pads- too much and your body can end up looking completely morphed and out of proportion. Invest in a pad that’s big enough to accentuate your waist. Especially when wearing a mini-dress- it’s important to keep the sleeve long to accentuate your legs and balance out the shoulder.
Rule 4: Have fun- Like any fashion trend, shoulder pads are about being unique and quirky and having fun with fashion. If you’re still too scared to embrace the trend, don’t feel pressured. Shoulder pads should be worn with confidence and a big smile.