A trend in the past few seasons that may become a staple as plastic fashion material is PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or vinyl.
At first, the fascination over PVC recalled its popularity in the 1960s and ’70s, and later in the mid-’90s.
While most adults preferred using leather bags, the younger generation liked the vinyl bag due to its casual, no-fuss appeal. Vinyl was practical—waterproof, scratch-proof, durable.
Before the ’90s, vinyl fashion was rebellious and futuristic.
Today, we’ve realized that even as grownups, we’re still kids at heart. Perhaps we’re part of the future that designers foresaw. We can see each other on the phone, we’ve landed rovers on asteroids, and we’re wearing plastic—not as a novelty but as everyday accessory.
It’s not hard to wear PVC. You can easily use it as a neutral piece. The Cult Gaia Jila Sandal in Clear is easy to wear with any existing outfit in your wardrobe, with its brown sole and clear straps. Yet it looks unique with the round heels.
I notice PVC is also efficient as a bag. Security doesn’t have to bug you to open your bag— if it’s the Shirley croc-effect leather and PVC tote from Staud Clothing. With this bag, you always have to be smart on what to put into it. You can’t overpack.
There are days when you need a little more room, though. For instance, if you’re running errands and you need to chuck everything in your bag without rhyme or reason. A clear PVC bag like the Prada canvas-trimmed PVC tote allows you to easily find something without digging through the bag and taking everything out.
Alexander Wang sneakers
If you’re not yet fully into vinyl, maybe the Alexander Wang sneakers can convince you. They fall right into the chunky sneaker trend with leather and suede covered in PVC for a futuristic feel. Also, it’s a good option if you want to keep your sneakers clean.
Or, you can fully embrace vinyl fashion’s future vision. For the rainy season, it would be fun to wear the Maison Margiela double-breasted PVC trench coat.
One could also opt for the Nicolas Kirkwood Void PVC ankle boots. Wear them with cute socks.
Whatever the iteration of PVC fashion, remember, it’s meant for you to have fun with.