Red Vinyl Skirt & Patent Leather Kitten Heels
Honestly, what's your take on vinyl pants? You know the ones that are super glossy and shiny and if you have mega bucks to spend you'll invest in a patent leather pair because you roll like that.
Kendall Jenner was spotted in a black patent leather pair in March topped off with a Gucci sweatshirt and red coat. Bloggers Sonya Esman and Aimee Song paired their red patent leather pants with knits and graphic tees - my favourite combo.
I first saw shiny pants on Instagram about a year about and honestly, I wanted to retch. Slowly shiny pants started creeping up on my Pinterest and next thing you know, I'm online, desperately looking for a pair of my own. Trends are annoying like that, aren't they? We turn our back on ourselves and suddenly we're investing our hard earned money on something silly like shiny effing pants. Or in my case, skirts, because there are currently three in my closet.
Vinyl pants and skirts are not for the faint of heart. They can't be passed off as office attire like that too-short summer dress, "cleverly" disguised as professional when topped off with a blazer. Depending on who you ask and what age bracket you happen to fall into, vinyl clothing isn't even suitable for a first date. On second thought, unless that first date is a concert, don't even think about it.
But you know when it's appropriate? Fashion week, a night out with the girls, or date night with your partner. Make the outfit chic and effortless with a patent leather kitten heel or a cute ankle boot. Top it off with a silk blouse and make the outfit softer and more feminine. The contrast of the silk and a vinyl pant is perfect for a night time look. I'm even thinking a cute clutch and suede pointed-toe pump as a finishing touch.
For this daytime look, I kept it low key and paired my red vinyl Topshop skirt with a Ramone's band tee from Zara, a shredded denim jacket, a rattan basket instead of a purse, and glossy red lips contrasted with matte, mustard coloured Ferragamo sunglasses.
The key is CONTRAST in textiles when wearing vinyl pants or skirts.
Have fun when you get dressed and don't overthink it. Just go with the flow! If you're not sure of what to pair with your vinyl clothes just think of what's appropriate in terms of dress code or jump in Pinterest for some inspo and you'll be fine!
What I'm Wearing
Ramone's cropped tee, Zara.
Denim jacket, Zara.
Red vinyl skirt, Topshop.
Patent leather kitten heels with ankle strap, Alexander Wang circa 2014.
Rattan basket, unknown.
2107 is all about gloss. Update your look with glossy lips, metallic shoes, vinyl skirts and glossy hair. I'm currently hosting a contest with Clairol and you can win a years supply of Natural Instincts or a trip for two to New York! All of the details are on my recent hair post so make sure you check it out!
Photography by Geoff Martin