This £16 Zara T-shirt 'transforms so much of my wardrobe', says fashion expert Trinny Woodall

"Suddenly my clothes have structure," she says

Zara tee
(Image credit: Zara)

Shoulder pads have always been a polarising fashion choice – with people either actively avoiding or loving them. I have always been the former, however after an in-depth chat with fashion expert, Trinny Woodall, who swears by them as a staple spring capsule wardrobe piece, I've been convinced otherwise. 

"When we age, we lose definition, we lose bone density and might get more narrow," Trinny explains. "Clothes begin to hang differently on us – to the point where you put on that dress you love so much and all of a sudden it starts to feel frumpy. But if you put a shoulder pad underneath, it will bring back the sharpness to that dress.

"I wear these padded Zara t-shirts under everything: a wide leg trousers, this t-shirt and a sleeveless tank on top - I love it. It transforms so much of my wardrobe, suddenly they give my clothes structure. Jackets I love, that have no proper shoulder pads, suddenly become jackets that are present. There's nothing a shoulder pad doesn't help."

Trinny can be seen showcasing the power of Zara's padded tee (which she has cut the length of) perfectly in her Instagram post below, in which she teams it with James Perse linen trousers, Gold Rush laceless trainers from Russell & Bromley and beautiful stall-found waistcoat.

Wearing the white version here, the t-shirt is also available in a very on-trend black and white stripe, plain black and sea green. And there's a lot to team them all with in the current Zara sale. Not sure what colour to go for? Trinny London has a fantastic Match2Me tool, which works out the perfect shades to compliment your skin tone. 

Perfect for anyone with narrow shoulders, these tops are a brilliant, affordable way to add balance and structure to any outfit. The styling options here are endless, but we're loving Trinny's combination of linen trousers, waistcoat and the best white trainers, all of which makes for a perfect spring/summer outfit. 

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.