6 high street alternatives for the trending Frankie shoulder pad vest

A muscle tee with 80s-inspired details may not seem like an obvious choice for 2020, but that didn’t stop the shoulder pad vest from trending this spring/summer, and selling out well, pretty much everywhere. The Frankie Shop Padded Cotton T-shirt has become an instant cult classic for celebrities and Instagram starlets alike, and the brand has hardly been able to keep their original version in stock. 

Frankie Shop Eva Padded Cotton T-Shirt, £75, Browns

You may have already seen the design on some of the coolest ladies on social media, from Camille Charrière to Pernille Teisbaek, as well as celebrities including Rita Ora, who have also showed theirs off online. 

After seeing so many of the styling options on Instagram, we’re convinced it may just be the summer staple we never knew we needed. Due to its plain nature, you can pair this with quite literally anything for any occasion. Some, for example, have worn it with jersey shorts or jeans for a casual look. Others have explored ways to dress it up, with satin slip skirts and tuxedo trousers. It also looks great when layered up with some gold chains and other jewellery, meaning you can accessorise as you see fit. 

The piece is therefore still a major must-have for a versatile summer wardrobe, but the good news is that you can now get your hands on a similar silhouette for a fraction of the price on the high street. A number of brands have replicated the top for a much more affordable price point, from Mango to & other stories. And while some have already sold out (H&M, we’re looking at you), there’s still plenty of options around if you act fast.

6 of the very best shoulder pad vests from just £9.99:

Bershka volume shoulder t-shirt in black, £9.99, ASOS

Shoulder pad tank top, £15, Monki

White short turn-up sleeve T-shirt, £7, River Island

Shoulder pad t-shirt, was £17.99, now £9.99, Mango

Padded Shoulder Tank Top, £17, & other stories 

Cameo Rose Pale Grey Shoulder Pad Sleeveless T-Shirt, £9.99, New Look