I've never been sure about shoulder pads, but Zoe Saldana's ultra chic blazer has me convinced

Creating perfect balance and proportion, she has sold us on the vintage style

Zoe Saldana headshot at cannes 2024
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Shoulder pads may conjure up images of slightly garish 80s looks, but Zoe Saldana's structured Saint Laurent blazer at this year's Cannes Film Festival makes a serious case for their comeback.

From Sienna Miller's barrel leg jeans to statement red carpet gowns, there has been no shortage of stellar wardrobe moments at Cannes to take inspiration from. But by far one of my favourite outfits has to be Zoe Saldana's monochromatic style at the photo call for her new film, Emilia Pérez.

It's no secret that a well-tailored blazer can transform any outfit, but I have never quite been able to get on board with oversized shoulder pads for fear of adding bulk to my look. However, Zoe has proven that they can help give anyone with a narrow frame and/or sloping shoulders better proportion, and subsequently a renewed air of confidence. I'm taking notes from her refined style to add a touch of sophistication to my summer capsule wardrobe.

Zoe Saldana Cannes 2024

Zoe Saldana attends the "Emilia Perez" Photocall at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals.

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Not only can a structured blazer bring balance to your look and help you to look more proportioned overall, but it can also work to lift your posture and help avoid outfits look like they are sagging - all without compromising on comfort and movement.

Dressed up with a sheer slip skirt, brown tights, and a pair of pointed mules, this simple outfit recipe is made instantly elegant with the addition of dramatic shoulder pads. Playing into the utilitarian spring/summer fashion trend for 2024 in an easy to style and wearable way, I'm now sold on the endless appeal of these hidden fashion accessories.

If your summer coats collection is slightly lacking, a wide-shouldered blazer is the piece to revamp your style. Zoe's Saint Laurent piece will set you back at least a couple of thousand pounds, so I've found some affordable high street buys to help you channel her look without spending a fortune.

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Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and she is now a senior fashion and beauty writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK!, New!, and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment.