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Voluminous Shoulders: Love Or Loathe?

In the world of fashion trends never die, they just go on hiatus and come back bigger than ever. Right now we’re seeing the return of voluminous shoulders, a defining silhouette from the 80’s. From jackets to dresses to blouses and more, shoulders are becoming major focal points.

The trend began at the Spring shows and then dominated on the Fall runways. Naturally, celebrity style mavens like Mary Kate Olsen, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many more were quick to hop on the big-shoulder bandwagon.

But just because the designers are showing it and the celebrities are wearing it, do we all have to like it?

Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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I think you need the right body type, or the silhouette will get lost. It looks great on models because they have little to no curves so the slightest puff is noticeable, not sure how it will translate onto us humans ;)

Reply January 26, 2010, 12:41 am


I try to stay away from immense shoulder exaggeration. I mean, Look how awful ms Olson looks. While very few people can pull it off, I think the only people that don’t look squat with broad shoulder accentuation is any chick from the Aeon Flux universe. You can have a little girlie fluff there… but don’t go insane, you’ll look back and regret it.

Reply July 24, 2009, 10:19 pm

Eric Charles


Totally agree – the idea of a fashion that makes women look like men makes me feel sick to my stomach. It’s as bad as a guy wearing capri pants.

Reply July 20, 2009, 11:47 am


it just reminds me of the 80’s when they did it so women in the workplace would look more like men.

I personally prefer soft shoulders.

Reply July 19, 2009, 9:30 pm


This look is for you if:
a) You enjoy looking like a robot.
b) You aspire to look like you are from outer space.
c) You enjoy trends that are utterly unflattering.

Look at Mary Kate. Look at her!! She looks like she’s wearing a men’s black blazer backwards!!! She thinks she’s a member of Kriss Kross apparently.

And look at Rihanna! Oh the horror! She already looks enough like an alien, she doesn’t need a Scifi-inspired top to seal the deal. It’s like Snow White meets Star Wars.

Totally and completely LOATHE this look. If you are wearing big shoulders as you are reading this, do us all a favor: Get back into your DeLorean and drive off a cliff.

Reply July 17, 2009, 5:14 pm


I have mixed emotions about this trend. With some pieces (and on some people) it looks effortlessly chic. Other times it looks completely ridiculous.

Reply July 17, 2009, 4:18 pm

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