The Cult Affordable Basic Every Fashion Person Owns

If there’s one piece that has defined fashion in 2020, it’s the padded shoulder tee. Yep, the wardrobe basic officially rose to cult status this year and it’s easy to see why. By adding statement-making shoulder pads to a standard tee, the ‘80s detail instantly updates a regular basic, making it the perfect Zoom-ready piece to slip into. While it started out as a trend we first saw with sleeveless muscle tops, shoulder pad details have since made their way to sleeved T-shirts as well as dresses.

Fashion people are definitely on board and have been debuting plenty of must-repeat looks wearing the upgraded basic. From outfits with sweatpants and sneakers to tailored trousers and boots, there’s lots of inspiration for how to style the cool staple ahead. And yes, you can count me as a big personal fan of the trend. I always have my eye on the best new fashion finds and this one has stuck with me all year. Trust me, you’ll want to get shopping.

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@fakerstrom; Pictured: Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75); Chanel shoe; Celine bag

Does it get any more simple or chic?

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@camillecharriere; Pictured: Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75)

For fans of bold color.

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@greceghanem; Pictured: Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75); Bottega Veneta heels

Paired with Bermuda shorts and heels, you just have the perfect outfit.

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@littleblackboots; Pictured: Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75); Cafune bag

Just add slouchy trousers.

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@honeybelleworld; Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75); New Balance sneakers

Looking for a fresh way to wear your sweatpants and sneakers? This is it.

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@kristenmarienichols; Pictured: Frankie Shop Eva T-Shirt ($75); Tove Lourdes Pants ($310); Manu Atelier boots; Krewe sunglasses; Bagatiba necklace

Remember how I said I was a big fan of the trend? Here's the proof.

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@thevisuelofgrace; Pictured: Frankie Shop T-shirt; Carolina Santo Domingo bag

Now I want this sleeved tee version.

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@the_attico; Attico Padded Shoulder T-Shirt ($325), blazer, skirt, and heels

Yep, the perfect piece to wear with a miniskirt.

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@fionazanetti; Pictured: Bottega Veneta bag

Ugh, this is just so good.

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@naomigeorgeo; Pictured: Frankie Shop Sean Dress ($140)

And yes, this comes in a stunning dress as well.

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@pernilleteisbaek; Pictured: Frankie Shop Sean Dress ($140)

To pair with fall boots and top off with a trench coat.

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@kristenmarienichols; Frankie Shop Tina Dress ($125)

More proof that I'm a huge fan of the trend.

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