25 Ways To Wear The '80s Trend Dominating Runways (& Instagram)

Last month, 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 season'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 last fall. 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.
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ASOS Vinyl Rain Trench with Mesh Lining, $68, available at ASOS.
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Dorateymur Harput Patent Loafers, $470, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Topshop Vinyl Trousers, $100, available at Topshop.
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Ronald Van Der Kemp Crinkled Patent-leather Pencil Skirt, $1,605, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Finery London Vermont Vinyl Pocket Coat, $299, available at Finery London.
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Richard Nicholl Patent Leather Panel Dress, $2,137 $385, available at MatchesFashion.
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Mango Vinyl Parka, $119.99, available at Mango.
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3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Micro Patent Crossbody Bag, $650, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Self-Portrait Maroon Patent Zip Front Trousers, $291.74, available at Self-Portrait.
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Zara Silver-toed Patent Finish High Heel Shoes, $69.90, available at Zara.
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Calvin Klein Collection Patent Leather Belted Trench Coat, Beige, $3,695, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Charlotte Simone 'Va Va Varsity' Jacket, $568 $398, available at Farfetch.
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H&M Patent Leather Skirt, $149, available at H&M.
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Urban Outfitters Patent Vegan Leather Mini Tote Bag $34 $19.99, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Reformation Soto Jacket, $340, available at Reformation.
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Sonia Rykiel Embellished Striped Silk and Cotton-blend Top, $197.80, available at The Outnet.
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Roksanda Wren Crepe Dress, $1,465, available at Selfridges.
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Gucci Ballet Flat with Removable Platform, $1,190, available at Gucci.
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Forever21 Plus Size Faux Leather Zipped Skirt $24.90 $16.99, available at Forever21.
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Courrèges Contrast-panel Button-through Dress, $1,343 $484, available at MatchesFashion.
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Sincerely Tommy 54 Pants, $265, available at Sincerely Tommy.
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Dolce Vita Cybil Loafer Mule, $99.95, available at Nordstrom.
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Maje Patent Leather Jacket with Quilting, $995.00 $398, available at Maje.
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Attico Monica Patent Leather Mules, $550, available at MyTheresa.
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Paco Rabanne Soft Plastic Discs Mini Skirt, $2,042, available at LUISAVIAROMA.

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