Poofy shoulders are having a moment — and actress’ Marchesa frock is proof the structured shoulders of the ’80s have taken a chic turn in their newest incarnation.
In Watts’ case, exaggerated shoulders gave the 44-year-old’s simple LWD (little white dress) a fashion-forward feel that was both retro and modern at the same time.
How did Watts make the signature shoulders of the ’80s look completely chic and feminine?
A fitted silhouette balanced out the big shoulders, ensuring the petite star looked like a lady, not a linebacker, while the feminine silhouette and brocade pattern, complete with Marchesa’s signature voluminous rosette, furthered Watts’ ladylike look.
Drawing attention up, the dress’ puffed-up shoulders framed the actress’ face and highlighted her retro hair and makeup. The epitome of old-Hollywood glamour, Watts’ classic red lip and classic curls, reminiscent of Veronica Lake’s famous waves, helped to soften the dress’ structured shoulders.
Though the LWD is from Marchesa’s Resort 2013 collection, the heavier brocade fabric — a big trend for fall — transitioned Watts’ whites into fall.
To lend a modern twist to her retro look, the style star accessorized with a geometric clutch and platform sandals with metallic straps.
Though the Marchesa number looks as though it was made with Watts in mind, the poofy shoulder trend is a great way to modernize any party dress. The key to pulling off bigger shoulders is to keep the rest of your outfit as fitted as possible.
Check out the gallery for a closer look at Watts’ glam hair and makeup and modern accessories.
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