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Parsing Trends: Shouldered Burden

This week, we're looking at even more Spring Trends! Last week we finished with some bare shoulders, and today it's the complete opposite: shoulders so big and cavernous it looks like you could smuggle exotic cats in there. 

2017's big shoulders are different from the big shoulders of yore in terms of being softer, more rounded-off at the corners, and generally made of lighter-weight fabrics. 

But what kind of statement is this?

Positive Connotations

  • Assertive
  • Strong
  • 80s-Nostalgic
  • Theatrical
  • Unconventional
  • Artistic
  • Glam-orous (as in Glam Rock)
  • Over-the-top

Negative Connotations

  • Aggressive
  • Mannish
  • Stuck in the 80s
  • Hyperbolic
  • Ungrounded
  • Too Much
  • Egotistical (needs attention)

As always, you don't have to go full-bore with this trend. If you would like to tone it down, you might try a strong shoulder in a knit (like a sweater), a dropped shoulder instead of one with padding, or a normal shoulder with an extra-wide, rounded sleeve. You can also balance out the bulk with voluminous hair, slim bottoms, and statement shoes. 

Anyone hopping on this trend train? It never was the statement for me, even in the 80s, but some of you wear it very well!