Baby, it’s hot outside. As much as we wish to experiment with fashion trends under the boiling sun, intense humidity and runny raindrops, one of the runway trends works that actually works well with this weather is PVC.
Cold, hard and incredibly shiny like plastic, it looks intimidating to wear as it’s mainly associated with Halloween costumes (e.g. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman), tacky ‘90s music videos and fetish gear. However, it is nothing like its unwholesome roots.
As Chanel, Calvin Klein and Balmain gear up this plastic staple for the season, you need to stock up on it immediately. Here are some runway-inspired picks for you:
Thrill your friends on Friday night with a pair of PVC pants. As the staple for every fashionista, you cannot pass on this trend. Coating your legs like melting candle wax, the vinyl fabric emphasises the muscles on your gym-toned legs to exude a slimming effect.
Also, it instantly dresses up your outfit whether it’s t-shirt and sneakers or a nice going out blouse and high heels.
Sex and the City may no longer be on air, but 14 years later, the influential silhouettes of each shoe that Carrie Bradshaw wears are never forgettable.
As much as we wish to covet the sex columnist’s rhinestone-embellished vintage mules, don’t overlook Gianvito Rossi’s version. In place of the party-hearty crystals, the Italian shoemaker features soft leather shoelaces for a touch of street style chic.
As you commute between your home and office, nothing screams the ultimate struggle when you don’t have your umbrella to shield you from the rain.
Back when you had to use your handbag as a shield, you had those continual pangs of mea culpa after the leather surface got soaked by water. Thanks to Zara, you don’t have to worry about a water-damaged handbag ever again.
Baum Und Pferdgarten vinyl one shoulder dress, $243
Sorry, Coco Chanel. There will always be room for more than one LBD. In this case, Danish label Baum Und Pferdgarten takes the sartorial staple to another notch by designing a YSL-esque one-shoulder dress in glossy black vinyl. Over time, you will pull this out again and again throughout the year.
Treat the street as your personal catwalk with this rain-way ready coat. As most raincoats look like tents or supervillain-style floor length dusters, at least you can stuff your phone, house keys and MRT card inside the pockets here.
You can either pair this with your office suit or cropped flare trousers with a blouse.
Love to be seated at outdoor spaces, but hate sitting on wet chairs? You can save your Kleenex and just let your skirt do the cleaning for you. If you think that PVC is too edgy, the ruffles from Mango’s skirt softens the look.
Our year round 30 degree Celsius weather is a torture, but nothing can come in more handy than a vinyl top. Although the material looks risqué, you can wear it in two ways: for sporty look, you can wear it with high-waisted sweatpants. Or, if you want to look sexier, style it with a miniskirt and high heels.