Clothes of the Eighties, shoulder pads, multiple
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Sex: female mostly
Type of clothing: shoulder pads, layered
When it was popular: early to mid-1980s
Description: The shoulder pads that were everywhere in the 80s looked best with tailored, fitted clothes. Unfortunately, they were also put in the oversized cotton jersey clothes that were popular at the time. A lot of these came with velcro in the shoulders so you could put in any size and shape of shoulder pad you wanted. With oversized tops, the pads would often slide off the shoulder to the front or back, so it was common to see women repositioning them. This was especially funny when they'd wear an oversized top with shoulder pads under an oversized jacket with shoulder pads under an oversized coat with shoulder pads. They'd have one pad sliding to the back, one to the front, one sliding down the arm, etc.
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Shatzi - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Winters were hell. You would wear your cute, satiny blouse with pads in it, then a Cosby-Newhart style sweater, which also came with pads, then put on your winter coat, and IT had pads. By the time you left the house you would look like a deformed person. The fad was huge, but so were our shoulders.
Lisa Koffler - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I don't understand how anyone could wear those!
Dean - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I really don't understand now how everyone wore them then either, but they did. Part of the reason was that they were put in just about everything in the 80s so people had little choice. I did know of some women with already broad shoulders who removed theirs, but big shoulders were so fashionable that most people left them in even if they were wide up top. That was the look that designers got everybody used to in the 80s. Talk about leading the public by the nose.
Jan Griffiths - April 22, 2012 - Report this comment
Every time i bought a blouse with shoulder pads in it, I would cut them out. I hated them!!!

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