It doesn’t take more than a few swipes of the thumb to see what’s trending on Instagram. If you’ve been keeping an eye on the most-wanted items to take the fashion world by storm, then you already know there’s one particular piece that has staying power: the padded-shoulder tee. We first saw the trend take shape with the iconic muscle tee from fashion-favorite brand The Frankie Shop a few seasons ago. And now, the casual and chic bold-shouldered top is becoming a ubiquitous choice among fashion people everywhere.
If you’re looking for a few new ways to wear the trend—which is taking on a new silhouette for 2021 with longer, elbow-length sleeves—IG has no shortage of outfit ideas for T-shirts with shoulder pads.
Check out how fashion people are styling the ultra-popular top below.
If you’re opting for a tank top version of the trend, give it a polished look with black trousers and leather loafers.
The Frankie Shop Eva Cotton-Jersey Tank ($75)
Tibi Program Padded Shoulder Sleeveless Top ($175)
Eloquii Drama Shoulder Tee ($45)
Frame Shoulder Pad T-Shirt ($138)
Adding a pop of color to your neutral-hued look will always be a welcome touch to any ensemble—including one created around this trend.
AllSaints Coni Shoulder Pad Cotton Sleeveless Muscle T-Shirt ($41)
Fula-Bao Padded Shoulder Tank Top ($12)
Mango Organic Cotton T-Shirt With Shoulder Pads ($15)
For those who want to sport a retro-inspired look, style the padded T-shirt with a miniskirt to create an outfit that feels reminiscent of the ’80s.
The Attico Padded-Shoulder Tie-Dye Cotton T-Shirt ($380)
Citizens of Humanity Cecilia Padded Shoulder Knit Top ($128)
Target Short Sleeve Crewneck Padded Shoulder T-Shirt ($15)
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong by pairing the iconic muscle tee with sleek animal-print pants.
Loft Padded Shoulder Muscle Tee ($40)
Gap Muscle T-Shirt ($25)
Good American Mock Neck Power Bodysuit ($95)
Reformation Belfort Top ($68)
Anine Bing Tanner Tank ($119)
There’s something about wearing a padded-shoulder T-shirt with pleated trousers that feels so polished.
Pistola Denim Brileigh Shoulder Pad Tee ($68)
Isabel Marant Belita Padded-Shoulder Knotted Cotton T-Shirt ($345)
Good American Strong Shoulder Tee ($59)
Looking for a foolproof way to wear the trend for summer? Tuck the top into your favorite straight-leg jeans and finish your look with a pair of strappy sandals.
Le Superbe Mas Muscle Padded Shoulder Top ($110)
& Other Stories Cropped Padded Shoulder Tank Top ($25)
Violeta by Mango Padded Shoulders T-Shirt ($50)
Trust us—adding the padded-shoulder tee to a head-to-toe monochromatic look is never a bad idea.
Ronny Kobo Ghada Shoulder Pad Knit Top ($155)
Endless Rose Shoulder Pad Crop T-Shirt ($40)
Collusion Padded Shoulder T-Shirt Bodysuit ($8)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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