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.

Does it get any more simple or chic?

For fans of bold color.

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

Just add slouchy trousers.

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

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

Now I want this sleeved tee version.

Yep, the perfect piece to wear with a miniskirt.

Ugh, this is just so good.

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

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

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

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