We're living in "Matrix" moment thanks to Bella Hadid, and her long-legged pack of Insta-babes, who flock from catwalk to after party in lustrous leather jackets looking like futuristic characters from a sci-fi action flick. (Alexander Wang may also have something to do with it.) But it's easy to see why off-duty modes have embraced patent leather: It's a fuss-free, sleek way to make a powerful statement. And of course, once the street style crowd and the runways started endorsing the glossy material, brands and retailers began rolling out a plethora of shiny goods.
Patent leather has come and go as a trend since the '80s, but the sheeny fabric has since been reinterpreted to speak to our modern tastes: Think block-heel booties and pumps, belted jackets, A-line mini skirts, cropped silhouettes and bags with cool embellishments and fresh detailing. To make it work in real life, keep the rest of your look relatively simple or, play with texture by pairing the patent leather garment or accessory with satin and velvet.
Ahead, 21 patent leather pieces to shop now, for anyone looking for some added shine in their life.
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