Most Helpful Guy
I didn't like them even in the 80s and 90s. I never saw a single woman I considered more attractive wearing shoulder pads, as the slender slope from neck to shoulder is one of the most feminine qualities I look at and find attractive, with the padding screwing that all up leading to a totally flat shoulder line.
Maybe something like this would be okay if there was nothing worn on top:
... it's like so much of the body is showing that you don't leave a huge gap for the imagination to fill in the shape of her shoulders and how they slope from her neck.
... though I'm not sure if it would be comfortable for women to walk around on the street dressed in a bra.1
Most Helpful Girl
Shoulder pads were something used to give the 80s and early 90s woman a more powerful look, especially as it came to women entering into board rooms and offices that had been more male dominated before. It gave them this literal linebacker on a football team look that completely distorts the feminine beauty of our nice rounded shoulders and distorts the length of the neck. Avoid this look in the modern era. It dates you even if you're not old enough to remember them being in fashion and there really is no need to hike your shoulder's up. You're powerful enough without them!1