NYC is my favorite photo in this set; her smile just shines. All those layers above and chunky boots below all that gorgeous leg; she is all charm and cheer. I have a penchant for jean jackets that borders on obsession and this combination explains exactly why; it adds just the right thing. Thank you, Sart for taking this shot.
Gorgeous! The blonde in the tweed/denim combo looks hot, and she has the legs to carry it off. I love the vibrant blue peeping out under the neutral and black, and the texture of the jacket (the shoulders are just right…Crystle Carrington rises from her ashes)with the denim is masterful. Love love love it.
I like the strong shoulder, gives a nice line. The thing that strikes me most in both these pictures are their legs. NYC girl’s lower half is too naked, I’d be freezing. Miss Stockholm is too naked too. It has been said, leggings are not pants. So, if NYC girl borrowed Miss Stockholm’s leggings it would warm up the whole look. And if Miss Stockholm borrowed NYC girl’s skirt her look would be more modest and less butt bare.
i think it’s somewhat difficult to find a really nice blazer that fits a women shoulder. well, at least when you primarily shop vintage and all the pretty blazers are either for men or from the 80ies. but yeah, i prefer tailored shoulders aswell
gold lame leggings also came back, doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing. the heavy shoulders look bad on most people especially if the person doesn’t have naturally slender waist. this look is very hard for most women to look good in.
I like the looks of the two anon ladies on the street. donna Karen’s look can’t be adapted for everyone. You must be tall and have a long neck and all those folds on the gown, you’d better be thin without an ounce of fat to make those folds hang correctly
God forbid 80′s “fashion” should make a comeback, so awful. Re: the first two, forget the big shoulders, all I can focus on is their skirts which are missing in action… It’s a look but not a great one.
I was in my 20s in the ’80s, so I was in the thick of it. I had some freestanding shoulder pads that I could slip under any shirt or sweater. They would stick to my shoulders without velcro or anything. The look was exactly like the Donna Karan shot. I have to say I was glad to finally cut the pads out of my clothes. The shoulder pads got all rumpled after washing (I didn’t have the means for dry cleaning in those days, nor the budget for clothes that needed dry cleaning). The good side of shoulder pads was that for a flat-chested woman with a slim waist and big hips, like myself, it gave an illusion of curves rather than just a pear shape.
As a woman I don’t like the strong shoulder for 2 reasons:
1) I don’t like looks that overly distort the line of anyone’s body, women’s and men’s, but in choosing what to wear I choose not to wear things that obscure my shape or give me a different shape, choosing instead only things that show or accentuate the shape that I have, with particular emphasis on the “femaleness” of my shape.
2) Personally I prefer a soft and sometimes even a drop shoulder on a woman b/c I don’t like a masculine “frame” in women’s clothing and thus I don’t like to see what is (currently) quintessentially a masculine look–the strong shoulder–overdramatized on a woman’s body. Not to mention that the strong shoulder is delineated into masculine/feminine based on our different anatomies and I prefer that female clothing highlights the femaleness (repeating myself here.)
But thats just me and what I like from a gendered/bodied perspective. By all means if people want to play with gender I love to see that as well, but I don’t think these people are doing that; I think its just “something new” to sell us and I’m not buying it.
I’m with you, Nikki. Shoulder pads aren’t just about the 80s, they express a 40s influence if accompanied by an elegant hairstyle and makeup, worn with tasteful neutrals. They balance out sloping shoulders and pear shapes, so this style shouldn’t be arbitrarily avoided unless you have naturally broad shoulders.