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17 Plastic Pieces to Take Your Wardrobe from Fall to Spring

Don't let these transparent trenches and see-through shoes go to waste.
A look from Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Chanel's Spring 2018 show. Photo: Imaxtree

At the tail end of fashion month, Karl Lagerfeld delivered a plastic-wrapped Spring 2018 collection for Chanel. There were thigh-high boots aplenty done up in transparent vinyl, clear plastic coats and capes, as well as a variety of see-through accessories. I was initially thrown off by the French house's decision to essentially ziploc an entire 90-look collection, but if Karl can commit to plastic overlay, then I suppose the common fashion folk can as well. 

What's more, months before Chanel's cliffside spectacle, Raf Simons tackled the plastic-wear trend when he coated his Fall 2017 collection for Calvin Klein in the translucent material, breathing a new chicness into plastic couch covers — particularly with a golden fur coat worn by Julia Nobis on the runway. And similarly, Miuccia Prada added transparent trenches into Miu Miu's Fall 2017 lineup, proving all-weather gear can be both functional and fashionable. 

Still, this sartorial movement towards transparency is a bit daunting — it's not easy to reveal the contents of your bag in clear carryalls, or showoff your rainy day attire. So ahead, find some modifications to the see-through trend in the form of clear-heeled booties and subtly sheer totes, along with plenty of full-on transparent outerwear, footwear and accessories for those willing to embrace plastic in all of its sheer glory. 

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