13 Ways To Wear Patent Leather This Winter

When Alexa Chung wore a pair of black Saint Laurent vinyl trousers to Glastonbury back in June, it was confirmed: patent leather, vinyl, gloss, PVC, whatever you want to call it, was set to become one of winter 2017's most popular trends. Plus, the fall 2016 runways were filled with hyper-shine thanks to designers like Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, and Lanvin. But fear not: This look isn't just for those on the runway, or those who can buy the high-end goods directly from it; currently, patent pieces can be found at any of your favorite boutiques, fast-fashion retailers, and department stores.

The key to cracking the vinyl code is by choosing one statement piece, be it a miniskirt, leggings, or a trench, with more low-key ones, like a slouchy cardigan, casual hoodie, or T-shirt à la Alexa, That way, the shine stays the focus without feeling like it's too much. Ahead, you'll find inspiration on how to integrate gloss into your winter wardrobe repertoire.
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Stylist Diletta Bonaiuti wears an Isabel Marant patent red coat (we're pretty certain it's one of the most popular of the season) and Loewe loafers after the Mugler show during Paris Fashion Week SS17.

If a shiny coat like this is the focus of your outfit, follow Diletta's lead and wear with something simple like a white T-shirt and slim-fit trousers.
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Hyper-glossy, but also low-key.
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Tone down a shiny skirt (especially one in emerald green) with a robe coat and layered tops.
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Another fine example of how to rock a patent mini: Wear with an oversized button-up, fishnets, and pink combat boots.
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If patent clothing is too far out of your comfort zone, try the look in a more discreet way with a pair of glossy heels.
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Colored options make this trend even more fun.
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If there's one thing practically everyone has in the fall and winter rotation, it's a pair of black ankle boots. Stand out from the crowd with a super-shiny pair that's still versatile enough to wear day-to-day.
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Dress up a casual look like a simple V-neck tee and jeans with a vinyl jacket.
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Sofie Valkiers wears a Cédric Charlier coat and Saint Laurent bag. Channel your inner Paddington Bear in a yellow mackintosh this winter.
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Trousers this tight and squeaky may not be for everyone, but for those who dare, they sure do look amazing (especially when accompanied by some Louis Vuitton ankle boots).
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Tired of your entirely black wardrobe? Add shine and instant glamour to your look with some patent leather. Pernille Teisbaek wears a black version of the much-loved Isabel Marant coat with Loewe trousers, glittering Miu Miu shoes, and an acid green Acne bow bag.
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Don't worry, glossy pieces are as easy to find at fast-fashion retailers as they are from luxury brands. Lisa Hahnbück balances high with low in an Off-White knit with an asymmetric patent leather skirt from Mango.
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Third time's a charm. Hong Kong fashion editor Justine Lee in that Isabel Marant coat, a cropped hoodie, Vetements shoes, and frayed jeans. See how it can dress up even the most casual of looks?
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