PVC Fashion

11 Aug , 2014  

It is coming, and there is not stopping it.

Already our most loved fashion franchises are slowly introducing these gelatinous vinyl fashion items…

I’m talking plastic, jelly, vinyl, latex, rubber, PVC…Fab or drab? – That’s debatable.

We have seen the re-introduction of jelly sandals -the ones we loved so much as a child because they looked like jelly beans on our feet…We have seen the plastic twin of our commonly worn ballet flats…We have seen thongs no longer in matte rubber but a glossy, firm, glazed plastic…

What’s next? You ask…

Either way, whether you’re a lover or a hater, prepare yourselves; because PVC will take over the fashion world this summer like never before -according to vogue and recent trends. Bright, bold, glossy, futuristic, sometimes transparent. This sensation is loved by some, hated by others. It looks like candy, defends against the rain, and makes you feel as if you are stuck in a giant cup of wobbly jelly. It can be fun and high fashion or shamefully tacky, depending on how you wear it…So how do you wear it?  -How on earth can a fully grown woman pull off a look reminiscent to the plastic ghosts of her childhood jelly bean sandals?

This article brings you the ‘What’s Hot’and ‘What’s Not’of the controversial PVC fashion era.

What’s Hot and What’s Not

Before you even attempt squeezing into some skin-tight latex leggings, know that it will be difficult to get on and even harder to take off…Especially after all that sweat has accumulated in there and starts acting like a suction…To avoid this, try using some talcum or baby powder to mattify your skin. Plastic does not let your skin breathe so know that wearing jelly sandals ain’t so hot if your feet start sweating and the clear plastic lining starts fogging up…Powder is your friend girl, as are socks/stockings. -But whatever you do, do not try wearing socks with your glossy plastic thongs…lest you want to end up looking like an outdated-fashion confused grandma…

Latex Leggings

PVC pencil skirts are all the rage in hollywood with Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian as two examples of fashion icons rocking the look. Both girls paired their slick skirts with a simple loose fitting top, strappy heels and minimal jewellery. Summer is also the perfect time to show off the shape of your booty and legs that you’ve been working all season long toward. Latex leggings are, as quoted by some, “a corset for your legs,”so even if you haven’t been working out, fear not, latex gets the job done.

PVC Pencil Skirt

For a daring, wet, slick look resembling mermaid meets high fashion model, work bright block-coloured under-garments  beneath glossy clear plastics paired with a perfectly pulled-back high pony tail, glossy lips,  dewy foundation and shimmery eyes. Lengthen your legs with shiny pumps and keep the jewellery minimal to really let your clothes talk. Candy-like nails won’t go amiss either.

If you aren’t quite so daring and still don’t know whether you even like PVC in the slightest, ease into it by experimenting with a single piece of plastic goodness, be it latex leggings, jelly shoes or a PVC skirt paired with a loose-fitting white top, chunky shoes or sleek pumps. Start yourself off with the more opaque colours, neutral tones, or simply black, as they are more subtle and not so in-your-face bold. With this look your hair can be kept messy-chic and your makeup natural with maybe a bold lip colour.

Bright pvc fashion

Denim and PVC or knitwear and PVC can end in either beauty or disaster. Remember that the plastic is the centre of attention and where all the colour attention is; your other items are mere complements  -think neutral, white or black. You definitely do not want a clash of colours and textures! Don’t forget that PVC can stand alone without jewellery, so be careful not to overdo things. Plastic can also look cheap, therefore all other elements must be made to look ‘expensive,’and as mentioned multiple times earlier, you can achieve this by keeping it clean and simple.

Good luck and be bold. Summer is coming.

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