Faster than you can say Joan Collins, the shoulder pad is making a comeback. Sharp and pointy, inflated, or simply hulking, this ’80s mainstay is a major fall trend in outerwear. To avoid looking like an unstoppable linebacker as you rush to work, go subtle with small pads or achieve a similar look with layering and large collars.
Try balancing shoulder pads with a cropped fit. This American Retro blazer ($264) gets the modern silhouette right.
This contemporary take on the classic cropped jacket by Jaeger London ($371) has peaked shoulders and will go with everything from jeans to dressy slacks.
Get volume with a vintage feel in this plaid, fitted jacket with a large collar from Vivienne Westwood ($793).
We like this Shapes Study Jacket ($98) for its combination of puffed sleeves and shoulder pads.
Two trends — the boyfriend blazer and shoulder pads — come together in this jacket by Elizabeth and James ($395).