Let me preface this by stating in no uncertain terms how I feel about shoulder pads: I hate them. I hate, hate, hate them. They were ugly in the 40s, they were even uglier in the 80s, and now as a retro 80s trend, they are uglier still. They just get worse and worse, and as far as I'm concerned, there is no excuse for them.
However. If you must wear shoulder pads, this is the way to do it. Once again, Lady Gaga shows us how it's done.
As with so many other trends, the key here is: Go big, or go home.