Last February, Alexa Chung lamented on Instagram that her favorite pair of patent trousers had ripped, and expressed an urgent needed to replace them. That moment of sartorial mourning lit a light bulb in our heads: Last year’s patent trend isn’t very much here to stay.
The extra-photo-worthy (but exceptionally sweaty) material was a clear stand-out on our feeds in 2016. For a few months, it felt as if everyone owned the same $59 patent skirt from Mango. Chung’s wardrobe confession only made the presence of vinyl-esque leather over the course of Fashion Month all the more apparent: We saw the shiny fabric appear in various shapes and forms — trenches, trousers, and boots, in all their glossy, ’80s glory.
Despite the images to come out of street style slideshows over the past few weeks, patent is actually a relatively realistic (and reasonably comfortable) alternative to denim and other casual wear. Dressed up with chunky heels and a blouse, or down with a hoodie or T-shirt, the nostalgic fabric can inject some excitement into your spring looks. Here’s some of our favorite extra-shiny pieces to shop right now.
Finery London Vermont Vinyl Pocket Coat,
$289.00 $145.00, available at Finery London.
Richard Nicoll Patent Leather Panel Dress, $391.00, available at MatchesFashion.com.
Self Portrait Zip Front Straight Leg Trousers, $313.00, available at Self Portrait.
Reformation Soto Jacket, $398.00, available at Reformation.
Gucci Ballet Flat with Removable Platform, $1250.00, available at Gucci.
Forever 21+ Plus Size Faux Leather Zipped Skirt ,
$24.90 $16.98, available at Forever 21.
Courrèges Contrast-panel Button-through Dress, $484.00, available at MatchesFashion.com.
Sincerely Tommy 54 Pants, $265.00, available at Sincerely Tommy.
Paco Rabanne Soft Plastic Discs Mini Skirt, $2042.00, available at LUISAVIAROMA.
Topshop Vinyl Pink Fur Collar Coat, $180.00, available at Topshop.
Dorateymur Patent Leather Loafers, $470.00, available at Opening Ceremony.
Les Petits Joueurs Mini Alex Eyes Fringe Satchel Bag, $880.00, available at Neiman Marcus.
H&M Sandals, $29.99, available at H&M.
Sara Battaglia Patent Leather Moto Swing Coat, $2235.00, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
Zara Mid Heel Faux Patent Court Shoes, $29.90, available at Zara.
Urban Outfitters Patent Faux Leather Tote Bag ,
$39.00 $29.00, available at Urban Outfitters.
Mango Vinyl Pinafore Dress, $59.99, available at Mango.
Ganni Patent Leather Flat Boots, $405.00, available at Farfetch.
ASOS Premium Vinyl Mini Skirt with Zip and D Ring Detail, $51.00, available at ASOS.
Attico Patent Leather Ankle Straps, $340.00, available at Net-A-Porter.
Schutz Patent-leather Sneakers, $90.00, available at The Outnet.
Maison Margiela Patent-leather A-line Midi Skirt, $1460.00, available at Selfridges.
Tibi Patent Coated Wool Blend Miniskirt, $495.00, available at Nordstrom.
By: Alice Casely-Hayford