Explain: PVC

On the subway this morning we had a slightly awkward run-in with the girl sitting next to us. Sitting there, reading August Vogue Paris, we glanced ov
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On the subway this morning we had a slightly awkward run-in with the girl sitting next to us. Sitting there, reading August Vogue Paris, we glanced ov
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On the subway this morning we had a slightly awkward run-in with the girl sitting next to us. Sitting there, reading August Vogue Paris, we glanced over and saw everything this woman owned inside her see-through PVC bag. We saw incoming messages on her Blackberry (no, we didn't read them), her itinerary for the day, and even her workout gear for an after-work gym visit. All that and more on display for all of New York to see. Our only thought was, "Why would you wear that?" From clear plastic shoes to bags and jackets, PVC is just one of those materials that hasn't hit our radar. Sure, it's waterproof, which makes it great for a beach bag or maybe a slick raincoat in a downpour, but the idea of all the contents of our bag on display for any passerby is kind of creepy. Plus, does beach ball material really belong in our wardrobe? Sure, Marni, Gareth and Balenciaga have all experimented with the synthetic substance in non-see-through colors for clothes, but we're still not sure it's a great idea, especially since you know it doesn't breathe well, or, at all, and could cause embarrassing squeaky noises every time you move. But back to the bags - do you really want everyone seeing the stuff you cart around, your credit cards, your brand of mints, your stuff you keep at the very bottom? Or are we just a bunch of prudes over here? --KYLE HAYES