Temis the Vorta wrote:
As far as I could tell, JJ's Rommies were the same race as the TNG/DS9 Rommies, except for their personal style (bald w/tattoos rather than Prince Valiant wigged) and that's just to make them credible to the audience. The TNG era wigs and big shoulder pads would have been laughed off the screen. In both cases, the most prominent feature are those big pointy ears. Hard to look human with those elf-ears.
Shoulder pads are probably for the military and aristocracy.