Style: Bold Shoulder
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Style: Bold Shoulder

Dynasty reruns notwithstanding, I think we can safely say 80’s fashion has been in full-on revival mode since the surprisingly persistent return of the legging. Though early 90’s-era grunge has been threatening to take over for the last few seasons, the multitude of shoulder pads on the Fall runways indicated that, at least ’til next February, the 80’s are still the retro decade of the moment.


To get in on the bold shoulder action, I of course turned to vintage. Why pay oodles of cash for new Armani when old JC Penney will do just fine?

While thrifting, I found this linen blazer as part of a two-piece set that included a dress I still haven’t had altered due to the fact that I keep convincing myself “I can take it in my darn self.”  Months later, this has proven to be extremely unlikely, so I figured I’d take the jacket for a spin on its own.  Already armed with puffed shoulders, a nipped waist, and an exaggerated peplum, I paired the jacket with simple pieces–skinny black pants, a simple gold camisole–and added a vintage belt and earrings and snakeskin Zanotti heels for interest.

I think the trick to making these jumpin’ jack flashback pieces work is to stick to one retro item and keep the rest as modern as possible.

What do you think? How do you mix your vintage pieces with the rest of your wardrobe?

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  • Leigh

    July 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    CUTE. especially loving the belt and the slouched sleeves.

    and i agree whole heartedly on sticking with one vintage item at a time and keeping the rest thoroughly modern. my favorite is pairing vintage jackets and jewelry with a basic AmAp tee and slim jeans.

  • Fajr || Stylish Thougth

    July 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Love the black and white with the hit of silk tan! The 80s are here to stay and I agree that keeping the rest modern works wonderfully. Very stylish as always!

  • Danielle

    July 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    So Gorgeous!! Love that jacket, great find!

  • Alicia

    July 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I tend to follow the same philosophy – keep the rest current.

    You look smashing. Great blazer.

  • fashionispoison

    August 3, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    This outfit is perfection.

  • God's Favorite Shoes

    September 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Wow, you put that well beautifully!

  • Lina

    June 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Loving this outfit! I’m so glad I found this site (from your feature on Definitely one of my faves!

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  • Kerissa

    December 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I’m learning from you and other bloggers how to mix in pieces. I’ve done one to two pieces and been successful so far. A little at a time has worked with a dab of the modern and appropriate accessories.