When I first viewed the Balmain SS09 runway a few months ago, I really wanted to cover my eyes. I absolutely could not stand the look of the shoulder pads! WHAT were they thinking? A few days after I viewed the runway, I saw Jennifer Connely in a Balmain creation like the the one in the photo below and screeched because the thought of this actually being a trend, was just too much for me to handle!

Source: ItchyfeetbySofi

Source: ItchyfeetbySofi

I ABSOLUTELY hated the look (minus the shoes) .. But I must admit the whole 80’s large shoulder pad look has completely grown on me in the months following it’s debut from Balmain. I absolutely want this look in my closet (hah, not going to happen – on net-a-porter,  a black balmain blazer was sold out and it cost $10,000! so much for a recession?)

Here are my favorite Balmain blazers from the SS09 runway:

balmain balmain3 balmain2 balmainzebra balmain_ethicalstyle

 

And here’s how I would wear them:

Source: Polyvore

Source: Polyvore

If you are like the rest of us and can’t afford a $10,000 blazer and very expensive jeans to go along with it, I recommend these levis jeans from Urban Outfitters:
Levis acid wash jeans - Source: Urban Outfitters

Levis acid wash jeans - Source: Urban Outfitters

I haven’t found any blazers that are similar to Balmain’s. However, I really don’t expect to see stores like H&M, Topshop, etc. with any until next year.

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