Clear, see-through accessories are everywhere we turn, from runway shows to retail stores and even on our Instagram feed. The retro ’90s trend is the latest to join a long list of nostalgic styles from the decade, (which includes bike shorts and even cargo pants), however, it’s definitely one of the most wearable looks to make a comeback–as long as you don’t mind letting everyone see what you’re hauling around in your purse.
The see-through trend caught our eye during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2018 show, when creative director Karl Lagerfeld sent models down the runway in completely see-through, cap-toe boots and matching plastic visors, redefining rainy day chic during Paris Fashion Week. The influence of the ’90s trend didn’t stop there–in fact, the fashion house’s accessories collection for the current season is made up of a slew of see-through, PVC purses in varying shapes and colors.
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Chanel wasn’t the only designer label to swap their leather accessories for playful, see-through versions. Over at the minimalistic yet chic fashion house of Céline the brand’s biggest takeaway from their Summer 2018 show was a branded, see-through plastic shopping bag which later retailed for $590 and quickly sold out, becoming one of the most covetable, (and clear), accessories of the season.
Before Chanel and Céline offered their stamp of approval, the see-through trend made a noticeable comeback in Kanye West’s Yeezy collection, mainly thanks to the fact that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and her famous family and friends, (like little sis Kylie Jenner), were so quick to adopt the PVC trend.
Let’s get real: the idea of rocking a PVC ensemble from head-to-toe doesn’t seem practical, nor does lathering up your feet to slip them into a restrictive plastic boot that will only result in a build-up of excess sweat–but that’s why it’s all about your accessory game. Simply update your look with a purse, backpack, or belt. Whether you take it to the sand for a day at the beach or hit the sidewalk on the way to brunch, you’ll add a playful, trendy update to your outfit that’s peak ’90s nostalgia.
We’ve rounded up a slew of our favorite wearable, see-through accessories below to keep you stylin’ all summer long.