Once the favorite of Go-Go dancers and Warhol's factory people, Lucite has been taking on a newly glamorous quality that feels just right paired with spring's preppy vibe. When done right, Lucite can be a whimsical spin on clunky staples, with the clear plastic offering a fanciful quality to thick-soled heels, big-baubled necklaces, and plain-framed sunglasses. But with the addition of some unfortunate patent-leather or a misplaced smattering of glitter, Lucite can look devastatingly cheap. To avoid the latter, opt for pieces in a bold, geometric shape made with quality plastics that won't scratch and cloud with extended wear. Check out our clear-choice picks for the season, including a Chloé heel we're drooling over that's already nearly sold out (size 8s—here's your cue to dash for the checkout!).
Above, from left: Lucite Wayfarer, $10, available at Urban Outfitters; Burberry Prorsum spring '10, image via Style.com; Emerald City Lucite Beaded Necklace, $70, available at Tarina Tarantino; Patricia von Musulin Lucite Cuff, $650, available at Vivre; Chloé Lucite Wooden Platform Sandals, $261, available at Covet Shop.