Power shoulder dresses are both a thing of the past, and a trend to be embraced for this new year! What better what to express a gender fluid power that the eighties made so popular and ubiquitous! Let us bring it into the NOW, when we need it the most!
When this new year dawned I thought I would celebrate in a statement making way. Attempting a clear message to myself, and my readers, I would encourage you to express this thought ! Own your power !
Power shoulder dresses say “authority” in a bold way.
Power shoulder dresses dare to make a curvy shape appear even curvier.
Yes to accenting female curves while having the veracity to stand out and up!
This dress is vintage and has a vintage feel. Whereas versions of this trend are seen on runways throughout the globe. Comprised of intricate panels, this couture dress is adorned with metal beads at the end of the short sleeves.
Wool and silk feels divine and wears like iron ! Here, Matthew Williamson has designed a forever dress. What luck I enjoyed when I found this at consignment a few years back.
Perhaps the most common use of power shoulders is in the pantsuit trend. In the simple dress category, the clashing dichotomy is ironic in such a playful way. Ebony wool hits significantly lower than mid-thigh, but in this post (which originally was going to highlight the booties) it appears short.
Black and white booties are my New Yorker’s way of making the white bootie trend wearable in the cement jungle. Bought several years ago on eBay from an individual seller, I am pleased to own these. A shiny black patent toe is chic and practical. The quilting is on- point and adds texture.
Worn with an amethyst pendant that is blackened gold and contrasts with clear gold, this piece stands out. Don’t you think it is hard to identify if it is current or vintage? A snap of the boots and the pendant is below. Below, as well, is a photo of the label, and more details of the glass and metal beadwork that embellish the sleeves .
Matthew Williamson has branched out recently to decor and stationery ! Fabulous talent stands out in any field !
In terms of recent fashion, I especially like this designer’s take of the summer boho dress which rivals Zimmerman in terms of aesthetic and quality.
Check out the dresses and beach looks here and here to see what I mean!
Black and beads are perfect for NYE!
Strong shoulders have been feature that I have worn despite it trending status- or not- for years.
Chanel has always used this style feature, although its popularity does wax and wane.
My feature from a while back demonstrates the classic allure of the power shoulder .
Long ago, I wore this tweed suit with Chanel boots!
Perhaps 5 years is not SO long ago! As an older photo you can see that my current photos do have better resolution !
Better light editing would help this snap. Certainly I will try to find the photos from this shoot and edit them, as this aesthetic is still relevant.
See this below. An older shot demonstrates my consistent use of wearing this featured detail.
Defined by strong shoulders, there is also this!
NYFW from last year finds me in colorful layers and a neutral camel coat.
Therefore it is no surprise that is is also featured here, with the power shoulder dresses trend, and also topped with colorful faux fur! The juxtaposition between frilly and bold is signature Elle.
Sleeve treatments, shoulder definition, and dress length are all variable. We should wear what we love and those beautiful items that will endure the test of time.
Enough said ! Power shoulder dresses and coats; are you ready for them, or are they too much for you ?
Let me know ! You know how!
Own your power ladies and gents! Also, SHINE ON for this New Year!
——- XOXO,Elle ——-