Clear plastic pants are back to take over festival season

Photo courtesy Pretty Little Things
Photo courtesy Pretty Little Things

Fashion may be cyclical, but it doesn’t always make sense. But if you were a plastic pants enthusiast at any point of your life, your time is here: The trendy, transparent trousers are back in action, just in time for music festival season.

The brand Pretty Little Thing is selling a pair of Lime Transparent Straight Leg Trousers, which retails for $28. Made out of “mixed fibers,” they also come in hot pink and lilac colors.

“Have all eyes on you in these trousers. Featuring a lime transparent material with a zip and popper fastening and a straight leg fit,” the product description reads. “Team these with a lime crop top, a matching lingerie set and fresh kicks for a look we are loving.”

The trend isn’t specifically for women, however. Fashion giant ASOS is selling a two-piece ensemble in their men’s department. The ASOS DESIGN festival two-piece boxy shorts in sheer blue are sheer baby blue shorts constructed out of 100% Polyurethane. They retail for $48.

Photo courtesy ASOS
Photo courtesy ASOS

But it’s not just transparent clothing that’s having a moment. Plastic accessories, like handbags and totes, are taking over the internet as well.

Last year, Kim Kardashian made waves when she was photographed around town wearing transparent heels created by husband Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion label. Those Yeezy Season 7 PVC Pumps, which retail for $572, are constructed out of polyvinyl chloride.

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However, PVC shoes may not be the healthiest option out there for your tired feet.

“You are putting your feet at serious risk by essentially wrapping them in non-breathable plastic,” New York podiatrist Suzanne Levine told Page Six last year. “Without any aeration, the moist environment can exacerbate pre-existing fungal conditions or bacterial infections, in addition to increasing your risk for blisters.”

It can also lead to stinky situations.

“The non-breathable material leads to hyperhidrosis [excessive sweating] and bromhidrosis [excessive odor] — in other words, ‘smelly feet!’” Levine added.

Back in 2017, fashion mega chain Topshop made headlines by selling clear, plastic jeans.

When entire states are clamping down on plastic bags and straws, maybe it’s time for the fashion forces to give plastic clothes a rest.

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