During the 1980’s shoulder pads became very popular, and gave the wearer the bigger and broader looking shoulders. Pop stars, movie stars and soap stars helped this iconic accessory become a worldwide phenomenon, so much so shoulder pads were usually sewn into garments, and there would be little or no need to buy them separately.
Both men and women wore shoulder pads, and they were usually worn in jackets, suits, coats, t-shirts shirts and blouses, to name but a few. Shoulder pads were traditionally sewn into the interior of the garment, just above the shoulder, in-between the outer layer of fabric and the lining. This meant there was no need for the wearer to purchase shoulder pads, unless the garments they purchased didn’t come with any.
When They Originated
Shoulder pads did not originate in the 1980’s as some people would think, they were originally created in the early 1940’s, and were used in female evening wear. For a while, shoulder pads lost their way in the fashion world a little, as more popular designs and accessories hit the market. But, in the 1980’s they came back, and they came back with a vengeance, which meant almost everyone started to wear these unique additions to the world of fashion, and look and feel more confident.
It was during this decade that British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was seen to be sporting a pair of this very fashionable accessory. The fact that such a high-powered woman had adopted shoulder pads began to ricochet around the world, so much so that other women decided to follow suit. It was then popular for those who were very career-minded to wear shoulder pads whenever they were in the office.