Shoulder Pad Wonders

Working in the fashion industry calls for you to have a staple. Grace Coddington has her gorgeous red hair, Anna Wintour’s black sunglasses will never be forgotten, and Danielle Bernstein’s minimalist yet intricate vibe is copied world wide. When I realized mine is a shoulder-padded blazer paired with sunnies, I couldn’t have been happier.

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Photo by Heather Perry

A women’s blazer signifies so much. It is a symbol of the women’s workforce. It’s has a shock factor that goes back to WWII when the influential Gabrielle Chanel introduced into women’s fashion changing their dress code forever. You are wearing a piece that offered women one of their first real chances to be independent and confident.

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We are given so many choices when we wake up in the morning. I dress according to my mood. When I am not feeling the most cheerful or in a determined state of mind, I throw on a blazer. It helps me feel a bit more motivated and powerful. All of mine are vintage, and knowing that I am wearing a piece that didn’t have further impact on the environment makes me happier.

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Photo by Heather Perry

Fashion is about expression. I think that is why I am drawn to it. You can provoke conversation, blend in, be bold, hold power…anything! Signature style shows you know how to handle yourself and your image.

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All photography by Heather Perry. Follow her and her blog Vintage Slang.

XO- Alex

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