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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Ronald Van Der Kemp Crinkled Patent-leather Pencil Skirt, $1,605, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Self-Portrait Maroon Patent Zip Front Trousers, $291.74, available at Self-Portrait.
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Calvin Klein Collection Patent Leather Belted Trench Coat, Beige, $3,695, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Urban Outfitters Patent Vegan Leather Mini Tote Bag
$34 $19.99, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Sonia Rykiel Embellished Striped Silk and Cotton-blend Top, $197.80, available at The Outnet.
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Forever21 Plus Size Faux Leather Zipped Skirt
$24.90 $16.99, available at Forever21.
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Paco Rabanne Soft Plastic Discs Mini Skirt, $2,042, available at LUISAVIAROMA.