Shoulder Pads – Fashion throughout the Decades

I was happy to wear shoulder pads in the 80s. They did a great job of balancing out my shape. When they went out of fashion my mother was still clinging on to them- I was the one that had to deliver the sad news that they were no longer on-trend! Like most things in the ’80s they were flashy, and a bit excessive. Now, ironically, I’m so glad they’ve made a comeback!

This week, I’m living in the joy of nostalgia, I’m happy to be able to pull from the best parts of decades of fashion trends. And, excited to pull everything together to create something new, starting with this camel sweatshirt. The shoulder pads make a statement, while the neutral color keeps the garment a bit understated. It’s bold, and not too flashy.

I love the 70’s era distressed, and blown-out knee on these Agolde jeans. And, even more, I love their mid-rise loose fitting 90’s “old school denim” feel. Their 100% cotton material keeps the quality at a phenomenal level. (I’ve had mine for over a year!) But, I would highly recommend considering the denim’s level of potential shrinkage when choosing your appropriate size. 

I continued to pay homage to trends of the past with this pair of 60’s inspired oversized sunglasses. And, a 90’s inspired scrunchie that I looped around my topknot. Both are from Free People. I kept it current with these Porte & Paire mesh heeled sandals that I picked up last season. They pair perfectly with this simple black vintage Prada handbag.

Tell me all about your favorite throwback styles in the comments!




Bag/ vintage Prada/ similar here

Sandals/similar here

Hair tie/ similar here


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  1. Sherrie O Driscoll wrote:

    I never really liked the shoulder pads. I always cut them out. But I kept them and attached them to hangers to make padded hangers for tops that needed them. LOL. But that one is really cut on you.

    Posted 4.28.21 Reply
  2. LOL, don’t think I ever want to go back to shoulder pads, but you put together a great outfit Lisa! Love your hair especially. I do have one thing in my coat closet with should pads I’ll never give up though. A navy blue bunny fur coat which also has flair sleeves that I wore when I was seventeen to the premier of Romeo and Juliet in NYC. It was featured in Seventeen Magazine and my mom knowing how much I loved it got it for me for Christmas.
    I still wear it on special occasions.
    A girlfriend and I once concluded that even when the styles return years later, they are often just a little different enough to make them look dated. I had that happen with a hounds tooth skirt I once kept.

    Posted 4.28.21 Reply