Give us a Shrug with Structured Shoulders

The structured shoulder comes in various forms: the box, the poof sleeve, the angled shoulder, and various renditions thereof. Whichever your poison, the look means business – and has been strutting down resort collection runways like Balenciaga and Chloé and squashing everything in its path.

The strong shoulder gives good face at nighttime, when you know you can get away with a little more theatrics. Stella McCartney lends us some evening inspiration with her angled shoulder lizard print dress. It might be short and sweet, but no one will mess with you when you sashay across the room in this frock.

Stella McCartney lizard print dress. Image from bergdorfgoodman.com

Stella McCartney lizard print dress. Image from bergdorfgoodman.com

If you’re prone to Manic Mondays and want to bring more kick to work than your morning coffee, the dramatic shoulder might serve you best during the day. Balenciaga’s Resort 2010 collection showed us that the strong shrug doesn’t have to only show its face in the evening; structured suede and leather jackets in caramel, chocolate and black topped flirty blouses tucked into cropped trousers.

Balenciaga Resort 2010. Image from bergdorfgoodman.com

Balenciaga Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Balenciaga Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Balenciaga Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloé takes a different approach to the strong shoulder; their prep school sweetness gave us equally strong silhouettes in their upcoming resort collection but with a girly touch.

Notables include pale pink as well as shrunken contrast shade blazers and Victorian-era inspired cropped jackets with white piping. Soft neutral colours make these looks accessible; we dare you to risk these pieces with your favourite pair of jeans and flats for a Saturday stroll.

Chloe Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloé Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloe Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloé Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloe Resort 2010. Image from style.com

Chloé Resort 2010. Image from style.com

If all of the above still says ‘shoulder overkill’ to you, try on Robert Rodriguez for size: his Peaked-Shoulder Blouse says everything your favourite oxford shirt does, but with a little more bite.

-Cora Nijhawan

Robert Rodriguez top. Image from bergdorfgoodman.com

Robert Rodriguez top. Image from bergdorfgoodman.com

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