Shoulder Pads making a Comeback???

February 25, 2009   
They’re Baaaaack. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen and Diane von Furstenberg were just some of the designers at New York Fashion Week that were embracing the bold shoulder pads. Could it be that the 80’s linebacker look is making a comeback? Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure Magazine told USA Today that “ They make the waist and hips look smaller, and they give a defined look, vs. the slouchy, relaxed throw-a-cardigan-over-everything style of dressing.”

I was actually cleaning out my closet a couple of months ago and came across an old blazer that had shoulder pads!! I kept the blazer, but just cut off the shoulder pads. I’m not too sure if I’ll be sewing them back anytime soon. What do you think of shoulder pads making a comeback…would you wear it?

Here are some other key looks from New York Fashion Week (Courtesy Associated Press)

The urban warrior: Corset-style bodices; camouflage prints; hard accessories; towering shoes and boots.
Stormtrooper: Stiff, techno fabrics; metallics; shoulder flange and peplums standing away from the body.
Rock 'n' roller: Leather — mixed with a little lace; black mixed with highlighter colors; miniskirts; tough metal hardware.
Power player: Skirt suits with a long, lean silhouette; shoulder pads; fur-trimmed coat.

Photo: AP


  1. I truly hope shoulder pads do not make a comeback.

  2. Alas, like any classic nightmare, they will. Thick belts, hammer pants... hmm.. sexy.


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