I Can See Clearly Now

Spring is near, everybody cheer! This means a little less layers, some mints, pastels, patterns and tons of trends to watch out for.

 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 2013

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 2013

One of the newest trends, and most interesting: the comeback of see-through accessories and shoe accents.

The Spring 2013 runways were filled with sheer fabric, cutouts, and oh… crystal clear heels…

The interesting thing about this trend is its constant attempt to become a trend throughout the years. These plastic accents sneak into designer’s collections and department stores, and quickly fade out. This year, however, I’m confident they’re here to stay.

Why?

Well, this time around our plastic “frenemy” is capitalizing from the already world-sweeping trends and mainstream designers. Instead of taking an extreme avant garde approach, some designs are sticking to more sleek and classic looks fit for any fashionista/o looking for a little edge.

(1) Take this lovely crystal-clear clutch for example. (2) This classic stiletto, a “must have” for the fashionista working woman, is seen with the magnificent clear, plastic accent on these suede Chanel treasures. (3) We all know what a huge hit the Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoes have been in the past two years. CLEARLY we have a new superstar on the rise.

(4) Neon is coming back for the summer, you say? That’s exactly why I ordered a pair of “wannabe” Louboutins from 2B. (5) If you still think I’m crazy for even thinking PVC or Lucite heels are on the rise, check this sweet “strappy sandal” find at Urban Outfitters and a spin on Steve Madden’s wooden wedges.

The question: how the heck do I pull these off? I’d like to say “simplicity is key” in this case. Some argue that plastic accents make an outfit “tacky” when worn with too many patterns and too bright colors. (6) I can already picture a neat ankle-jean, fun shirt, and blazer combination, for the casual days at the office, and these Givenchy shoes (a knock-off version for myself, duh).

(7) Still stuck on your fall/winter collection? I’m sure you’ll make great use of these Margiela booties, too. (8 & 9) Oh. I’m not done. Are you feeling risky on a “dancing night out?” Check out these finds on the runway and, the now popular, Nastygal.com.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Do me a favor and fetch yourself a new extraordinary accessory or risky pair of clear-infused shoes.

What’s your take on the trend? Drop a comment below.

Note: I found some of the items mentioned for sale, others were taken from runway shows online and Harper’s Bazaar.