THE decade that spawned Duran Duran, rah-rah skirts, neon brights and leg-warmers is also responsible for the latest trend to cause a stampede among fashionistas.
‘Power shoulders’ have caused a flurry in sales of shoulder pads at John Lewis, with all ranges of shoulder pads now sold out across stores nationwide.
Jo Hooper, Head of Womenswear Buying at John Lewis said: “Sales of our dresses, jackets, and blouses with built-in shoulder pads have been very strong this season, with the power shoulders trend set by designers such as Balmain. However, alpha females are also ‘doing it for themselves’ and buying multiple amounts of shoulder pads - stacking them up vertically or horizontally in anything from cashmere sweaters, to last season’s jackets, to add a “power dressing” touch to their working wardrobes. “Extreme shoulders”, which some fashion forward shoppers are opting for, can take up to four shoulder pads each side to build a 2X2 inch stack for maximum board room confidence.”
Copy the look with these tips from Chief Fashion Advisor at John Lewis ,Amanda Slader: .
* Control the height of your shoulders according to your mood by sewing popper clips into your dresses and jackets enabling you to add or remove shoulder pads.
* Smart or casual sewing shoulder pads into last season’s key pieces is a fast and easy way to bring your wardrobe back up to date. Sew shoulder pads into a classic boyfriend blazer which can be worn over almost any outfit, or sew into last season’s LBD to give it a new lease of life.
* Boost your confidence in the boardroom and stack two shoulder pads into a fitted jacket and team with a pencil skirt for a more formal look. By emphasising your shoulders, and slim-lining your hips, you will boost your physical presence AND it will work wonders for your silhouette.
John Lewis stocks six ranges of shoulder pads coming in three colours and sizes.