River Island take influence from Balmain with their big-shouldered shirt

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We think we probably have Balmain to blame for all of the shoulder pads we've been seeing around this season. Of course, it was only a matter of time before the look filtered down to the high street, and River Island are one of the first to jump on the bandwagon, with this £24.99 structured shirt, which uses that distinctive big-shouldered shape.

What does everyone think of this? Are you happy to see shoulder-pads back in fashion (or shoulder … structures. We haven't seen this shirt in the flesh, so we're not quite sure how River Island have done it), or would you prefer to see them sent back to the 80s?

8 Comments

  • June 5, 2009

    Natasha

    Hmmmm, usually I despise shoulder pads just as much as all other examples of 80s spawn, but I quite like this shirt.

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  • June 5, 2009

    Celeste

    I’ve accepted ruffle sleeves on shirts, but I think this looks too stiff. And if there are shoulder pads so much the worse.

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  • June 5, 2009

    nj

    hmmm…i think this shirt would make you look like you were frozen in mid shrug…it would be great if you want to look like you are always thinking “should i have left this shirt in 1983? i don’t know” all you need do is walk around with your elbows bent and plams facing up to complete the look

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  • June 5, 2009

    Heather:D

    I keep hearing Ms Crawford shrieking:
    “No wire Hangers!”
    Most esp if they’re still in the blouse when you’re wearing them.
    I’m a petite person & I just don’t think this look would be flattering. Although it may come in handy the next time I have to wend my way across a crowded room. That or I could use ’em to pass for a Star Trek costume next time the trekkies come to town.
    Yup, definitely leaving those on the store rack.

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  • June 6, 2009

    Rebecca

    See this doesn’t look like something shoulder-padded to me so much as a puffy sleeve that is oddly boxy. which I think I can get behind!

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  • June 6, 2009

    Beth

    I like it, but I have massive man-shoulders, so I think this would just make matters worse. I’m imagining it with a grey tweed pencil skirt and red heels… on someone else.

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  • June 6, 2009

    MizzJ

    I like how Balmain does the shoulders and when done right shoulder pads look good, esp on those of us without them haha. However, this shirt is just kinda ugly. Pass.

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  • September 16, 2011

    Anna

    Come on ladies, this shirt looks gorgeous!
    It just only needs to be worn by a slim girl whose shoulders are not too wide, and with the pencil skirt & high heels!

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