The Polarizing Padded Jacket Trend Fashion Girls Are Wearing

Hilary George-Parkin

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd regret slicing the shoulder pads out of all those vintage blazers over the years—but here we are in 2017, and suddenly the '80s silhouette feels relevant again. Perhaps we have Demna Gvasalia to blame, as the designer had been pushing padded jackets at Balenciaga and Vetements for several seasons now, but it's one thing to see the look on the runway and quite another to see it adopted by the mainstream, which seems to be the case this fall.

Tibi made one of the strongest arguments for the trend at its show back in February, with models in velvet suits and menswear-inspired blazers paired with miniskirts. Now, fast-fashion retailers like Zara and ASOS have jumped on board too, offering blazers and denim jackets with sharp, exaggerated silhouettes. Naturally, jackets and coats with outsize proportions are turning up everywhere, with street-style stars embracing the once-taboo trend in droves.

Below, see how they're styling supersize shoulders IRL, and shop our picks starting at $79.

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