Fancy Embellished Shoulder Pads DIY










I am definitely not the first or the second or probably even the 5th person to do DIY shoulder pads …but it doesn’t mean I didn’t want to DIY my own version. And while they are a bit daring, I am kind of in love with them. I haven’t found a great and removable way to attach them aside from just pinning them on but if I were to wear them out, I would most likely hand stitch them to whatever I wanted to wear them with ..but loose enough to remove them at the end of the night without ruining the garment.

* You can purchase shoulder pads at your local fabric store …or, rip them out of an old jacket like I did.

* I started {as I always do} with the idea of using many different materials/notions {fringe, beads, rope, studs, pearls, chains, leather pieces} but never really have an exact plan. In this case, I made the first one to my liking then duplicated it. I have so many ideas for these I may just have to make more. Have fun!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Patty Ann

    September 14, 2009 |

    i effin love it. hmm, can i pull this of…?

  • stacy

    September 14, 2009 |

    love them!

    i SO could not pull them off like you do.

  • Lauren From Texas

    September 14, 2009 |

    At first I was all “what would I wear shoulder pads with?!” Then I saw you with the tank and could totally see myself wearing that with a pair of jeans and black heels for a night out with the hubby. I love how you take crazy fashion and make it wearable for normal people. Love it! You’re totally rocking the jacket too 🙂


  • Vee

    September 14, 2009 |

    OK, my admiration for you is getting out of hand. I think you should know that I talk about you to my BF so much he’s worried.

    This is another brilliant DIY, I wonder if I can pull the look off? I have no boobs and a huge but and I’m wondering if I’ll look like a curvy linebacker, whuich is not what I’m going for.

  • Fashion and more

    September 14, 2009 |

    you look great with your hair up.

  • Revolution Vintage

    September 14, 2009 |

    So Amazing!!!

  • Karobaro

    September 14, 2009 |

    Yay! I just love this! Thanks for sharing your ‘secrets’ 🙂

  • Hanako66

    September 14, 2009 |

    are you freaking kidding me with this??? so rad!

  • Heidi Renée

    September 14, 2009 |

    I am usually not a shoulder pad person, but these are fabulous. They’re a hint of Lady Gaga’s style without being unwearable by mere mortals.

  • carlyjcais

    September 14, 2009 |

    If it was me, I would sew a little strip of fabric underneath the pad with velcro on one end, so you could thread the strap of your tanktop thru for the tanktop ensemble.
    For using with jackets/tees…I think the ol’ safety-pin trick will suffice!

    I think I love your version the best out of all that I’ve seen across the blogosphere!

  • Lorena

    September 14, 2009 |

    Your DYI’s are my favorites !
    This is sooo unexpected, love it.

  • Rianna Bethany

    September 14, 2009 |

    I think you’ve put a really awesome twist on the d.i.y shoulder pads, Well done!
    Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxx

  • Lisa

    September 14, 2009 |

    They look so amazing! I need to get to a fabric store asap!

  • Feelmore

    September 15, 2009 |

    i have a box of shoulder pads. yessssssssssssssssssssssss.

    p.s. your hair looks great a la lykke li!

  • CalamityJem

    September 15, 2009 |

    They are fierce, well done!
    You look fab…x

  • Jill Pilgrim

    September 15, 2009 |

    Dude, you are like the freaking craftiest person ever. Will you please mass produce your creations? I am not nearly as crafty.

  • Kelly

    September 15, 2009 |

    Awesome and so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  • Blair

    September 15, 2009 |

    Oh they look fabulous! You are definitely one of the more creative fashionistas!

  • Laura Trevey

    September 15, 2009 |

    you look Fabulous!!

    xo Laura

  • That Girl Ang

    September 15, 2009 |

    ‘m SO following you! Wow again!

    Awesome… would it be too much to wear those and a similar fascinator?

  • Maegan

    September 15, 2009 |

    the pictures are so 80’s they’re cracking me up …the hair, the poses. hilarity.

  • madame b fatale

    September 15, 2009 |

    They look great!! Can’t wait to give them a go. I have a few strands of pearls i think may be great for this prokect!

  • Frou Flu

    September 15, 2009 |

    oh my god that’s so cool!:) i love it!:)

  • God Made Me fuNky

    September 15, 2009 |

    definitely daring for my style …but love love them on you and with those hair and those earring you rock them gal…

  • Kristin

    September 15, 2009 |

    Methinks you are the DIY queen! You inspired a post today lady!

  • Iva

    September 15, 2009 |

    how do you feel about designing my daughters wedding gown? Its only like 300 years away (if my husband has any say in it)…more realistically 25-30 years… but I think reserving you now is the only logical thing to do.


    umm and you are totally rocking the red lipstick!

  • yhamilet

    September 15, 2009 |

    wooow you’re amazing ^ ^, I like what you do, you transform everything you see in fashion.

    I can not speak English I hope I do well I follow your blog for a long time.

    See you

  • Chelsea Talks Smack

    September 15, 2009 |

    omg. I need to make these.

  • Lisa Petrarca

    September 15, 2009 |

    Looks great on you, OF COURSE…what doesn’t! I could never pull it off, I have these HUGE broad football shoulders. Yeah, I think people would run if they saw me coming.LOL!

    I posted the first runway pics of my son. It’s a British 80’s retro look, gotta love the old school!

  • duckalicious

    September 15, 2009 |

    thumbs up!

  • Darrah

    September 15, 2009 |

    I’ve never seen shoulder pads outside of clothing before! This is all new to me. They look cool though!

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    September 15, 2009 |

    Aaaand I’m a convert to the big shoulders.

  • Brooke

    September 15, 2009 |

    I don’t know how many times I can say, “You’re so creative!” without sounding like a broken record, but YOU’RE SO CREATIVE!

  • Eden

    September 15, 2009 |

    hi maegan!

    have’nt really commented before because i just recently stumbled upon it (though of course ive heard about you a billion times), but i must say that i’m a die-hard devotee. definitely was love at first sight! i appreciate what you do so much and you never, ever seem to run out of ideas. it was your blog that pushed me further and reminded me that i can DIY too- i used to but i pushed it back cuz i got busy– but youre definitely the inspiration as to why i got back to it. but you definitely are the queen!

    i got around to sewing my own thigh high spats too (thanks to you) and i will most definitely credit you for them.

    please do keep itup, you are fantastic!


  • Cindy Khor

    September 15, 2009 |

    these shoulder pads will definitely be the talk of the town. and its detachable, now you could pair it with so many tops. love the bling on them

  • Jeve (aka John and Steve)

    September 15, 2009 |

    You go with your bad self!

  • Jaime

    September 15, 2009 |

    Looks fab! Also love your earrings 🙂

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    September 15, 2009 |

    How funny…I just had a private debate with myself about shoulder pads this weekend…I just bought a vintage dress this weekend that I blogged about that has shoulder pads.

    These look fab on you! Very Falcon Crest….in a good way!

  • Sal

    September 15, 2009 |

    In-freakin-credible. Portable, transferrable big shoulders!

  • cchaoticc

    September 15, 2009 |

    omg I love your blog!!! I’m definitly folowing you since now!

  • Wana

    September 15, 2009 |

    OMG! u rock!!

  • Penny

    September 15, 2009 |

    Those shoulder pads are so great that they make me want to smack someone’s mama! lol, well, not really — but they really to excite me. They look absolutely fabulous and I was never a big fan of shoulder pads….even in the 80’s! You look fabulous too — I can’t stop looking at those earrings either!

  • Glamour Bbey

    September 15, 2009 |

    They’re lovely! xx

  • anhesty

    September 15, 2009 |

    those are rad maegan! you def can rock anything!

  • Leigh

    September 15, 2009 |

    OMG amazing!! I love the versatility, this will look fab with so many black outfits!!

  • Tara Gibson

    September 15, 2009 |


  • Alba_Shopaholic

    September 15, 2009 |

    wow, amazing!

  • The Seeker

    September 15, 2009 |

    OMG!!!!!!!! I LOVE them!!!!!!!
    I want some too, but I’ve no things here to do that :(((((((


  • Angeles Almuna Design

    September 15, 2009 |

    Great idea!!!!:)

  • chelsea-recently

    September 16, 2009 |

    Love them, and love how daring you are with your clothes! Although I think it helps that working in an art gallery allows you a little more freedom in your attire.

    Also, call me a stickler, but may I point out that technically they are epaulettes not shoulder pads? So cute though!

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    September 17, 2009 |

    you are fabulous. period.

  • eednic

    September 17, 2009 |

    that is one crazy cool outfit!

  • Jacqueline

    September 18, 2009 |

    wow, you are a genius. They look gorgeous!

  • rian

    September 20, 2009 |

    adore them

  • Health And Beautified

    October 4, 2009 |

    Too impressive, well done, very on trend. I like how it is a statement piece of the outfit.

  • BTheSTylist

    January 15, 2010 |

    Did you use hot glue to place the feathers?

  • Sara

    July 14, 2010 |

    Hey goregous! I just wanna let you know that I have featured you with this tutorial on the sweidsh fashionblog I write for. Here’s the link

    The text is in Swedish, let me know if you want me to translate it for you!
    Lots of love.

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