Keep your shoulders strong!

Urban Renewal satin surplice dress

The bold shoulder was a quite shocking trend when it reappeared on the fashion scene two seasons ago with Balmain jackets, Balenciaga tops and Givenchy couture. Not many dared to try it as the rule was you have to be as fierce as this new style.

strong shoulder trend - resort 2010

Anyway the news is this trend is going to stay for 2010 and, happily for me, it will channel more bohemian, romantic Belle Epoque (with sheer and lace fabrics) or the refined late 30s-early 40s era and less tough-looking 80s.

Expect to see strong shoulders continued with puffy, drapey, tapered sleeves on just about every top from delicate blouses, cocktail dresses to blazers, trenches and even cardigans (see Marc by Marc Jacobs).

strong shoulder trend - spring 2010

Although classic neutrals, metallics and delicate blush tones dominate this particular voluminous cut and do look classier I can’t help drooling over the spring 2010 denim blue YSL dress.

What I love about the style is its ability of defining the silhouette; a strong shoulder top thins down the waist and balances a heavy bottom; shows also an ideal hourglass figure paired up with the modern tulip skirt or with the slick carrot trouser.

strong shoulder trend - prefall 2010

For petites like me a bold shoulder piece can be too overwhelming so a more subtle cut is mandatory. And also high-heels! This post was in fact inspired by a Urban Outfitters newsletter announcing me of a new mini collection arrival with highlights from Silence & Noise, Sparkle & Fade and Urban Renewal labels.

strong shoulder trend at Urban Outfitters

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