Smoldering Shoulders

‘Tis the time to break out the pads! Yes, they’re back – shoulder pads – in all their glory and appearing in a store near you! So, heads-up and pay attention so when you suddenly show up in them, you won’t look like an 80’s leftover.  It’s all about firm, functionality and ease this time around and you just know you can pull it off this time!




Shoulder pads were probably the most decade-defining fashion statement of the 80’s – probably having some of its genesis in the assertion of feminism and newly-acquired power that modern women were experiencing. Awkward, yes, especially when you ended up looking mine a linebacker for your favorite NFL team!  But, boxy shoulders are making a huge comeback this season – so I say: Embrace it and make it work to your advantage. Strong shoulders are showing up everywhere with architectural precision so prepare to cover up with a radically structured silhouette!


I adore this Racil Prince double breasted jacket at Matches Fashion.


Or walk on the wild side with this colorful, wild, fun tee shirt with shoulder pads from



Looking for something tres chic that bridges the gap from office to evening? Try this blue, ruffle-embellished blouse from



Can’t pass up this peach, keen ripe sorbet- colored “Candy” mini dress from MiuMiu – available at It states simplicity. Simple as that!



Need a fitted jacket–or two–to complete the look and give you a bit more protection against the nippy weather ahead? Check out this longline cream-colored blazer by Boutique available at or the black version of the fitted jacket from h&



If you need a subtler shoulder – find a jacket like this BlankNYC faux- leather jacket at Nordstrom, which features smaller shoulder pads for just a bit of height. And coming from a girl who’s five-foot-two – we can all use a little lift!


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