Apparently shoulders were getting really tired of being left out of this whole “trend” thing, so they got together and decided to do something about it. They wanted to be more than just expected fabric rounded off the tops of our arms. They have more potential, and they knew it. Just take a look at Nordstrom’s new arrivals and you’ll see they aren’t messing around. Might have something to do with that whole season they were cut out of the game altogether…
The end result is puffy shoulders, and I’m all in, especially for fall. There’s an inherent notion that cold weather clothing is more boring than summer clothing, what with its fun sundresses and strappy sandals and whatnot. But then fall fashion slaps back with the puffy shoulder and says CHECKMATE. It is possible to wear something suitable for the weather and feel like you’re rocking something fun and fresh at the same time.
And yes, there’s a slight Victorian novel aftertaste—but in my mind that’s just adding to the femininity and structure of the trend, and you know I don’t shy away from those things. Also, if midday you change your mind and decide that you know what… you actually prefer boring shoulders instead, just throw on a blazer (may I suggest this one or this one) and it’s like you’re wearing… literally any other shirt.
Paired with a crisp trouser or voluminous skirt, the puffed shoulder is the answer to anyone who fears a basic button down rut. Go forth, and fear no frill.