I know if is largely dependant upon the body being suited but I have heard various recommendations and am not sure who to believe. I have an "athletic build" with broader but sloping shoulders and a much narrower waist. I have had tailors whose opinions I respect encourage me in opposite directions on this matter. The arguments are for padded shoulders to "create a crisper line, increase appearance of height" while others seem to be vehemently opposed to padding and feel that a padded shoulder is a shortcut. The tailor that I use encouraging the squared shoulder is, in my opinion, one of the best - top notch quality, details, etc. He is willing to cut the suit softer but has strongly recommended otherwise. I tend to prefer the softer look but I can appreciate the argument and logic for the more squared / padded approach. I know it is largely a personal preference but as this seems to be a good forum of informed consumers I wanted to hear the opinions / experiences of others.