Trends for Fall ’09: Accentuated Shoulders
Yes, kittens. That’s how they’re referring to it now: “accentuated shoulders.” Probably because “shoulder pads” evokes images of the Joans Collins and Crawford. But y’know? We say, “Embrace the shoulders, bitches!” Sure, there were times (mainly in the mid ’40s and late ’80s) when the reverse triangle silhouette got a little out of hand, but that doesn’t make the “accentuated shoulder” a bad thing, necessarily. After all, there were times when hems went so high that the more daring women out there risked impromptu gynecological exams every time they walked up a flight of steps but that doesn’t mean above-the-knee hems disappeared forever. It’s time for a return to the “Don’t fuck with me, fellas” silhouette.
As with any trend, it’s all in how it’s utilized. Let’s do a quick rundown, shall we?
* ’80s is a synonym for “no.”
There. Wasn’t that easy? Now, obviously this silhouette isn’t going to work with every body type. Women who are naturally wide up top (not necessarily heavy; just women who naturally have a broad back or shoulders) should probably stay away. On the other hand, this silhouette’s a godsend to the pear-shaped gal, because the wider shoulder will balance out her wider hips. Also, very short women should definitely stay away. It may make them feel tough and kickass, but it gives off the distinct whiff of “Lollipop Guild” on the tiny gals.
So how about it? Is this a trend you could ever embrace (or re-embrace, if you’re old enough to remember the Dynasty days)?