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Retro styles can be totally cool, but there are some trends and fads we never want to come back. ‘80s hair can definitely stay in the past, as can wearing skirts over flare jeans. We definitely don’t want to deal with ultra-low-rise pants again or using a hot tool to make a star shape in our hair. Another one we don’t want to see is shoulder pads — or do we?
We certainly don’t want to bring back the whole linebacker look with shoulder pads that were multiple inches high, but just as how a skirt can be mini, midi or maxi, there can be different versions of shoulder pads as well. Not all of them need to reach the sky and be so obvious. When done right, they can be modern and fresh!
This top is like an elevated muscle tee. It has the crew neckline and the oversized armholes, but it’s the shoulder pads that bring it to the next level. There’s just enough padding integrated to add a little edgy structure, taking a simple, solid shirt and turning it into a fashion statement!
We also love this tee because it’s made of 90% cotton, so it’s soft, lightweight and breathable, and it has a relaxed but not baggy fit. It’s long enough to tuck into your bottoms, but it looks cool hanging outside of them too. Even better is that it’s currently available in four colors: white, black, khaki and green!
Another awesome thing about this top is, like any solid tee, it can be teamed with just about anything — but because of the shoulder pad effect, you know your outfit is going to be automatically chic. We love the simple denim shorts and bootie look, but feel free to go another direction and pair it with some wide leg trousers too, or a faux-leather mini skirt.
What about trying it under a pair of overalls, or tucked into a pleated satin midi skirt? Go with skinny jeans and sneakers one day and switch to culottes and mules the next. Truly anything you can think of will almost definitely be a winning look with a top like this!
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