What to Buy Fall 2007: The Return of the Shoulder Pad

What: Fall fashion line-ups are punctuated with – dare I say it? – shoulder pads. Two words that inspire horror in those of us who remember the 80s all too well.

What the fashion heads say: This from style.com: “

The bold shoulder barged its way onto the Fall runways, where both forties and eighties revivalism came on strong. Those decades witnessed the broadening of opportunities for women, who projected their newfound power with padding.”

What I say: Despite my initial misgivings, I can see the merit of a reasonable shoulder pad in creating structure and making a bit of a power statement. Moderation would be key, and I wouldn’t revamp the whole wardrobe to reflect the trend. Instead, if you’re feeling the need to channel your inner CEO, pick a classic piece or two, amped up with a little strategic padding. Where to start? How about this beautiful Donatella belted trench, available at Macy’s.

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  1. Anne says

    Shoulder pads are back?  Yay!  How else can you take off 10 pounds in five seconds!  I still have my curvy ones that velcro’d into my sweaters.  I didn’t like the hard-edged “Dynasty” looking ones.  I agree that in jackets and coats, a moderate shoulder pad is needed for shaping and style.  But let’s show some restraint and not look like linebackers, ladies!

  2. Rikki says

    I must say, I’m so disappointed about this trend.  Honestly, I just don’t think I can do it.  Some things should just be left in the past…

    I hope I can stand strong on this.  I gave in to the legging with the lace at the bottom. :)

    Budget Fashionista…do you see shoulder pads in your future?

  3. HotChica1 says

    Oh great! here we go again…I will NOT be taking part in this fashion flop.
    I can see them on petite women with small shoulders who want shape in their jackets. If you need them, they have to be small shoulder pads; not those 80’s Dynasty/Linda Evans-type shoulder pads, yuck!
    I hope they aren’t on everything either or I’ll have to rip ‘em out.

  4. Carla says

    That is like so “Angela” from “Who’s the Boss?” At least, thats what shoulder pads remind me of.  I did one once 20 years ago as a kid—never again. They are not flattering on anyone.

  5. Danielle says

    I am glad that they’re coming back.  Revivals never seem to totally match the original anyway, so I doubt that we’ll all be dressing like Dynasty.  But a bit of a shoulder pad really helps a pear-shaped woman like me—smooths the size gap between the hips and the bust!

  6. Melissa says

    I’m petite, but I have naturally broad shoulders and I end up removing the shoulder pads in garments!  It looks like I’ll be plenty busy with the seam ripper this year….

  7. Kay Wisniewski says

    If shoulder pads are heading back, then big hair may soon follow—otherwise anyone with decent shoulders and/or a long neck, plus pads, will wind up looking like a pinhead.

    This is spoken from traumatic experience.

  8. Rick says

    Shoulder pads?  No, they’re not back.  It’s just a short-bursted fad that will be over in about a year or two.

    It’s like saying “Big Hair is Back… For Guys!”

    …Yeah, right.  I’ll believe it when I see it on the streets on a regular basis (not just the moron who has more money than fashion sense).

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