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While we often refer to fashion’s endorsement of PVC (or polyvinyl chloride) as something that peaked in the 90s, it’s actually the 60s that made plastic fashionable. We owe it to designers such as André Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, and Pacco Rabanne who experimented with new materials, and especially Courrèges who is credited with being the first one to incorporate PVC in his “Space Age” designs.
The re-emergence of PVC in this decade, though, is all thanks to Chanel’s 2018 spring/summer collection that included an array of transparent accessories—even the brand’s famous quilted flap bag was re-imagined in PVC. Then more designers started paying attention to clear plastic and, several seasons after that Chanel show, the trend is still going strong.
Nowadays, nothing is off limits—even sneakers and belts have been given the PVC treatment and the result is quite eclectic. So if you’d like to incorporate the trend of the moment into your wardrobe, we rounded up the best and most stylish transparent accessories to shop right now.
Prada Plex Shopper
Prada’s classic shopper style handbag comes in a clear PVC construction and hemp trim. You are also getting a removable pouch where you can store your ID and credit cards.
To buy: $1,100, prada.com
Cult Gaia Jila Slide Sandals
The construction of these sandals may not be as obvious at first sight thanks to their all-clear upper and transparent heel but make no mistake, they are total eyecatchers.
To buy: $388, modaoperandi.com
Loeffler Randall Anges Leather Paneled PVC Fan Tote
The combination of bamboo, leather, and PVC oozes such elegance here. This tote would definitely be our go-to everyday bag this summer. It also comes with a removable strap so you can also carry it as a crossbody.
To buy: $450, modaoperandi.com
Gianvito Rossi Gabby 105 Sandals
You can pair these elegant Italian-made heels with absolutely anything thanks to their all-clear design. They truly are the most versatile pair of stilettos you’ll buy.
To buy: $945, mytheresa.com
Aquazzura Milos 50 PVC Sandals
We love the contrast that the PVC construction of these lace-up sandals delivers. They sport round-toe soles with a 2-inch block heel.
To buy: $606, mytheresa.com
Valentino Garavani Go Logo PVC slides
Thanks to the clear PVC straps of these slides, the company’s logo stands out and becomes the main design element.
To buy: $645, mytheresa.com
Regina Pyo PVC Belt
Regina Pyo’s clear wide-banded belt features an oversize asymmetrical buckle. It will certainly add an unexpected element to any outfit.
To buy: $285, mytheresa.com
Boyy Deon PVC and Leather Grommet Belt Bag
Ditch your old fanny pack and opt for this cool belt bag, instead, crafted from calfskin leather and PVC.
To buy: $495, saksfifthavenue.com
Alexander Wang Women's Stadium Suede and PVC Sneakers
Upgrade your workout sneakers to these edgy Alexander Wang kicks that feature clear PVC, mesh, and suede leather panels. Even the soles are see-through.
To buy: $495, barneys.com
MM6 Maison Margiela Leather and PVC Tote Bag
Rock two trends at the same time thanks to the bi-tonal PVC construction of this tote bag. Even its handles and the interior pocket are split perfectly in two.
To buy: $840, barneys.com
Fendi Mon Tresor Mini PVC Bucket Bag
Add a pop of color to your ensembles with Fendi’s Mon Tresor bucket bag made from logo-printed PVC and trimmed with smooth leather in bright orange.
To buy: $1,590, barneys.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Rhea Zip Backpack
Michael Kors has re-invented its Rhea backpack in clear plastic. The style sports the same silhouette and features two front zip compartments and a back zip pocket.
To buy: $228, saksfifthavenue.com