marc-jacobs-ss-2009Shoulder pads were the epitome of Eighties chic, and, who would have thought,  this summer they are back with a vengeance. From puff-sleeved dresses to tailored jackets, SS09  is all about the return of power dressing with the likes of Drew Barrymore leading the way in the Eighties-inspired celeb style stakes. Sarah Wellsman hunts down her favourite five vintage shoulder-padded pieces, all available to buy online right now.

We seem to be amidst an Eighties revival. First it was leggings, then came acid wash denim, and now sees the return of big shoulders. Plenty of designers have been channelling their nostalgia for Spring/Summer 2009, with the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs (left) towering head and (very big) shoulders above the rest.

There may be imitations aplenty on the high street, but you can’t get better than a gorgeous one-off vintage piece. There is a lot of fantastic vintage out there to suit all shapes and sizes and to help you find the right piece, here a five shoulder-padded gems.forest-green-striped-short-jacket

Forest green striped short jacket

This gold-buttoned forest blazer would put the cast of Dynasty to shame. Cropped to the waist, it’s pure Eighties style without swamping the silhouette.




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