Style Challenge: What to wear with shoulder pads?

Shoulder-pads

Time for another Style Challenge!

This year, slightly bizarrely, has turned out to be the year of huge shoulders, whether they be padded, puffed, or otherwise emphasized. This shirt from River Island is a good example of The New Shoulders - it's more Balmain than Dynasty, and it looks like the shoulders are inflated by clever sewing, rather than by the insertion of actual pads.

What would you wear with it, though? Well, this is your challenge, should you choose to accept it: use Polyvore to build an outfit around this shirt, and post a link to it in the comments. You'll find the rules of the game under the jump!

The Rules:

1. Log-in to Polyvore (you may need to create an account first, if you don't already have one)

2. You'll find the shirt here. Buil your outfit around it (be as creative as you like), save it and then…

3. Post a link to your completed outfit in the comments on this post. We'll publish them all next week sometime, and you can vote for your favourite.

4. Please note: you're free to post links to as many outfits as you like, but please be aware that we'll only post one entry per person. You can let us know which one you'd like us to use if you wish – if you don't specify one, we'll just choose the first one posted.

5. Once you've posted your link, please double check it to make sure it's working properly!

42 Comments

  • July 17, 2009

    Kat

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10436898
    Not the same picture you had, but it has the shoulder pads.
    LOVE the Christian Louboutins!

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  • July 17, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Whoops, I forgot to clip the shirt to Polyvore! It’s there now:
    http://www.polyvore.com/style_challenge_what_to_wear/thing?id=9076880
    Kat – those shoes are at the absolute top of my “Most Wanted” list right now: so beautiful!

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  • July 17, 2009

    Jean

    http://www.polyvore.com/every_pearl_has_its_oyster/set?id=10438845

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  • July 17, 2009

    evanadine

    new to posting on your blog + new to Polyvore, but had fun with the challenge!
    http://www.polyvore.com/what_to_wear_with_shoulder/set?id=10439066

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  • July 17, 2009

    Theresa

    http://www.polyvore.com/office_spunk/set?id=10439802

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  • July 17, 2009

    Theresa

    http://www.polyvore.com/office_spunk/set?id=10439802

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  • July 17, 2009

    muffinpants

    http://www.polyvore.com/who_cares_what_youre_wearing/set?id=10440061
    I want these shoes!

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  • July 17, 2009

    Shiloh

    Shoulder “Rad” Challenge
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10440385

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  • July 17, 2009

    ronny

    http://www.polyvore.com/my_shoulder_pads_look/set?id=10441191
    went for the sexy business woman 🙂 fun!

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  • July 17, 2009

    Gladys

    http://www.polyvore.com/untitled/set?id=10441437
    I balanced the shirt with a pencil skirt and added interesting shoes and accessories. I might even wear this!

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  • July 17, 2009

    Magui

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10441495
    I don’t think this is too bad, I could wear this

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  • July 17, 2009

    Kat

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10445018
    Well I figured that I should re-do this with the right coat. I do like the other one, but I have to follow the rules…
    And yes, if i had $600 to spend on shoes… those would DEFINATELY be what I buy.

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  • July 17, 2009

    Erin

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10445924
    this was actually pretty fun :]

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  • July 17, 2009

    Sans Innocence

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10448924
    I really like this one.

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  • July 18, 2009

    Charlie

    http://www.polyvore.com/what_would_you_wear_with/set?id=10450114
    I was thinking Alice in Wonderland. The shoulders remind me of the dress Alive wore in the old Disney movie. 🙂

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  • July 18, 2009

    NikkiG

    http://www.polyvore.com/shoulder_pad_challenge/set?id=10452393
    I don’t like the pointy shoulders but I tried to make an outfit I would wear otherwise.

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  • July 18, 2009

    Katie R

    http://www.polyvore.com/film_noir_with_shoulderpads/set?id=10452643
    Boring, but I’d wear it. (I really, really love the hat, though, and wish I could find someone who makes a similar one. This one’s vintage.)

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  • July 18, 2009

    Molly

    http://www.polyvore.com/what_to_wear_with_shoulder/set?id=10454135
    I guess it’s a little bit drab, but I like it.

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  • July 18, 2009

    Veronica

    http://www.polyvore.com/puffysleeves/set?id=10458526

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  • July 18, 2009

    Someone Random

    http://www.polyvore.com/keep_it_simple/set?id=10460030
    Kind of plain, but at least it doesn’t make the big shoulders so obvious 🙂

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  • July 18, 2009

    Sophie

    Whoops, I accidentally posted that under a weird name….
    http://www.polyvore.com/keep_it_simple/set?id=10460030
    Kind of plain, but at least it doesn’t make the big shoulders so obvious 🙂

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  • July 18, 2009

    Sophie

    Edited my post:
    http://www.polyvore.com/keep_it_stylish/set?id=10460030

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  • July 18, 2009

    Ellie

    http://www.polyvore.com/shoulderific/set?id=10461174&.mid=embed-gridv-836071

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  • July 18, 2009

    Robin

    http://www.polyvore.com/metallic_carnation/set?id=10461274

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  • July 18, 2009

    Sophie

    http://www.polyvore.com/keep_it_stylish/set?id=10460030
    PLEASE COUNT THIS AS MY ENTRY (not the above ones which I screwed up)

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  • July 18, 2009

    AilanthusAltissima

    A quick attempt

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  • July 18, 2009

    AilanthusAltissima

    http://www.polyvore.com/style_challenge_shirt/set?id=10464437
    Another attempt to post.

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  • July 18, 2009

    Theresa

    I think it would be fun to do a shoe challenge.

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  • July 18, 2009

    brigid

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10466710
    that was fun!

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  • July 18, 2009

    Julieta

    http://www.polyvore.com/new_shoulders/set?id=10468564
    hope you like it 🙂

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  • July 18, 2009

    abbi

    lol hope you like was actually kinda hardd

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  • July 18, 2009

    abbi

    http://www.polyvore.com/what_to_wear/set?id=10471630
    sorry forgot to post this bit

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  • July 19, 2009

    buburuza

    this was….interesting…
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10475363

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  • July 19, 2009

    Audrey

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10487141
    Once again, rather amusing.

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  • July 19, 2009

    Emily

    http://www.polyvore.com/shoulders/set?id=10489959
    I actually quite like the shirt so this wasn’t too hard, but I tried to make a casual daytime look because I couldn’t think of a way to dress it up without it looking OTT.

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  • July 19, 2009

    Diandra

    Simple outfit 🙂
    http://www.polyvore.com/what_to_wear_with_shoulder/set?id=10490723

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  • July 19, 2009

    Diandra

    Here’s another one, please use this one instead! http://www.polyvore.com/idk/set?id=10494467 it has a more vintage look 🙂

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  • July 19, 2009

    gokarm

    http://www.polyvore.com/shirt/set?id=10499326

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  • July 20, 2009

    xony

    http://www.polyvore.com/redrum/set?id=10506804
    mine! :3

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  • July 20, 2009

    Hannah

    http://www.polyvore.com/shoulderpaaads/set?id=10507775
    mine! hope it isnt too late.

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  • July 20, 2009

    Meredith

    http://www.polyvore.com/fashion_police_entry/set?id=10508980
    I figured it had to have some strong counterpoints to balance out the crazy shoulders. This is the way I would wear it. 🙂

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  • July 20, 2009

    Danielle

    I didn’t give myself as much time as I would have liked to work on this but it turned out alright. Enjoy 🙂
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=10511753

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