Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tip-of-the-Day: Beware of the Epaulet Take-Over

There was a time, a couple of years ago now, when it was cool to wear a military-inspired jacket or shirt with epaulets (shoulder straps) on the shoulders. This time is now passed.

It was a trend, and as with any trend, anybody and everybody jumped on the bandwagon and epaulets began popping up everywhere, including stores like H&M and Zara, which means everybody was rocking these way-overused shoulder garnishes. Even more corny was that these straps began showing up where they certainly didn't belong or make sense, including t-shirts, leather jackets and sport coats, all of which look absolutely ridiculous.

Today's tip: stay away from any kind of sleek, modernized form of the epaulet. Unless you are wearing a vintage fatigue jacket or a classic trench coat, or you are in the military/law enforcement, a pilot, or a park ranger, try to stay away from shoulder straps altogether...most of the time it screams "look at me, I'm hip and trendy!".
Yours in style, Style Blogger.


Shane said...

Just started wearing khakis this summer and I love em'. They're great with Chucks!

Anonymous said...

Haha. Great tip. So that's what they're called. Anyways, wanted to let you know that I'm sending you my much delayed email tonight, so be on the look out!

pffft said...

yes. epaulets are done. they're on EVERYTHING!!! stop, people.

specifically and especially, four-pocket utility jacket with epaulets. done. done. done.

Phatrick said...

They are definitely overused and saturated, but what if you have broad shoulders? I feel like the epaulets take a little attention away from how wide my shoulders really are. Especially since I am an athletic build.