In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to welcome power shoulders back into your wardrobe. That’s right, the trend of menswear inspired suiting with oversized silhouettes has been revived from its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s. The trend was originally borrowed from the 1940s, and in both that era and more recently, it has been identified as a response to women entering the workforce (whether during WWII or post-women’s lib). Perhaps this latest iteration will be seen by future fashion scholars as a result of women’s growing leadership in politics and business. This style certainly makes me feel like a boss.
Lucky for us the bold shouldered blazers from previous decades are still easily found at Goodwill. This particular one was found at the Goodwill on Haight Street in San Francisco, and it was one of many! And it’s not just the shoulders that are back from an earlier time. Flip or scroll through any fashion publication lately and you’ll see lots of double-breasted blazers and coats, a style that was seemingly banished from mainstream fashion for the last 20 years or so. Same goes for the wide, peaked lapels, which are coming back into style after a gradual move away from petite rounded shapes. Keep an eye out for these types of details while pinning fashion inspiration and you’ll be more likely to spot them while thrifting at Goodwill.
Devon’s Power Blazer Look: $10
Double-breasted wool blazer by Talbots: $9.99
Compare to $209 for this blazer new.
New Look Gucci-style slide on loafers – $15 from Georgi & Willow (Goodwill)
Earrings and bracelets – $6 each from Georgi & Willow (Goodwill)
H&M Trouser Leggings – $5 from Goodwill Hayward
Brooks Brother’s button down shirt – $7 from Salvation Army