Fashion 118: Style Dilemma

02 September 2009

I am 40 and did the whole power-shoulder thing first time around. Is there a way to revisit the look without doing full-on American footballer? I am looking for more chic than eek. Polly

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Know what you mean. Dewy youth can make Krystle Carrington’s cast-offs look stylishly ironic. But if you are old enough to know who KC is, then those shoulder pads can steer dangerously close to tragicomedy. However, there are some stylish role models out there among the chic set. Their secret seems to be to let the shoulder make the biggest statement, and let all other details fall in line discreetly. Avoid shouty accessories, mad hair and anything that looks like novelty jewellery. And heels are a must for all but the very tall.


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