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Shoulder pads may have gone the way of “Dynasty” and “American Gigolo,” but there are other ways to achieve their hip-whittling effect. Across town at black-tie galas and low-key screenings alike, fashionable women have turned up with an array of puffed and peaked shoulder looks. Victoria Traina‘s full, loose-fitting sleeves lent a romantic air to her golden Vera Wang gown at the Frick, while Lauren duPont‘s dainty cap sleeves on her Badgley Mischka frock at the Black and White Ball were a flirtier take on the silhouette. And witness the ultrafrothy red Alvin Valley blouse Olivia Chantecaille paired with skinny jeans. Proof enough that a little puff does the body good.

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