Fashionville Is Obsessed with the Exaggerated Shoulders Trend

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Leonie Hanne Exaggerated Shoulders
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Are we headed towards — no strike that, are we sprinting towards — a maximalist fashion era? After hanging around in our loungewear for most of last year, dressing up has simultaneously become a tedious task as well as something to look forward to. Dressing up to go run errands? Not happening, we’ve got our loungewear for that. But we are, most certainly, pulling out all the style stops even for the most casual social appointments like a simple dinner with the girls. The psychology is simple. Did we miss running errands? No, not all. Did we miss our social engagements through the pandemic? Yes, of course.

The question remains: Are we rushing towards a maximalist era? Recent trends like bling accessories, oversized collars, metallic fabrics, feather trims, and rhinestone fringes all point in that direction. And the newest kid on the block seems to agree. Enter: exaggerated shoulders. 

Emili Sindlev exaggerated shoulders trend
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Sure, puffed sleeves have been around for well over two years. This season’s exaggerated shoulders trend is, however, slightly different. Dramatically wide or high padded shoulders – that may or may not be accompanied by puffed sleeves – are enjoying the street style spotlight. Casual tees, blazers, and even sequined dresses with oversized shoulders are popping across every online retailer.

But styling oversized shouldered clothing can be tricky, to say the least. Before investing in the trend, it is vital to keep in mind that exaggerated shoulders might not look flattering on all body types. Wide shoulders can be a great way to create a balanced look for those with a petite upper body and a broader lower body. Those with broader shoulders might want to pass up on this trend.

The Savoir Flair Verdict

While the exaggerated shoulders trend stretches across clothing categories, investing in multiple pieces might not be a smart move since dramatic shoulders are not found on the trend charts that often. However, investing in a hero piece like a blazer with padded shoulders or a bodysuit will ensure maximum utility.

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