IT’S an edgy look that often rubs wearers up the wrong way.
But PVC has slipped out of some treacherous territory and squeaked its way on to the catwalk.
French label Saint Laurent unveiled high-shine skintight trousers, glossy knee-high boots and patent pencil skirts at its show for Paris Fashion Week.
Meanwhile Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Little Mix are among the celebrity fans of the unforgiving look.
But can normal women pull off a wipe-clean wardrobe?
Here, Siobhan O’Connor picks out the best pieces on the High Street with the help of PVC sceptic Jude Rea, 33, a model from North London.
Jude gives her verdict on each look and on PVC overall. Will she be won over?
Easy and flattering
- Pink patent top, £15 from prettylittlething.com – buy now
- Pencil skirt, £36 from Next – buy now
- Coat, £69 from M&S – buy now
- Heels, £19.99 from H&M – buy now
- Bag, £17.99 from Pimkie at asos.com – buy now
“This latex top is a lot more flattering than I thought it would be.
“The soft pink shade is easy to wear with anything and isn’t tacky.
“Glossy fabrics are great for reflecting light, which is a good slimming trick.
“Paired with a smart skirt or trousers, this would make a great evening look.”
Cool and comfortable
- Blue jumper, £28 from asos.com – buy now
- Green vinyl skirt, £48 from asos.com – buy now
- Nude court shoes, £22 from prettylittlething.com – buy now
“Pairing a more daring pencil skirt with a looser-fitting jumper is a good idea for balance.
“The combination makes this outfit cool and comfortable.
“I really like the waistline on this skirt too. It has a lip which means it doesn’t sit super-tight on the waist, yet it still holds in your tum.”
Racy but not revealing
- Khaki leather-look dress, £38 from asos.com – buy now
- Belt, £13.99 from H&M – buy now
- Black patent boots, £50 from prettylittlething.com – buy now
“When I think of latex boots, I picture Julia Roberts pulling them on in the film, Pretty Woman.
“Wearing them with a reserved fit-and-flare dress like this – instead of hot pants or a tiny skirt – makes the boots much more approachable.
“The outfit is a little more racy without being revealing.”
Smart and stylish
- Silk scarf, £10 from Monki – buy now
- Grey dress, £45 from Next – buy now
- Kitten heels, £42 from Next – buy now
- Trench coat, £79.99 from Bershka – buy now
“This overcoat was definitely not my cup of tea when I first spotted it on the hanger.
“Mainly because of the shine and bold colouring.
“But when paired with a simple, neutral dress, it looks both smart and stylish.
“This will definitely freshen up your outerwear."
A sexy day dress
- Grey long-sleeve top, £12.99 from Bershka – buy now
- Vinyl dress, £40 from asos.com – buy now
- Jacket, £32 from asos.com – buy now
- Heels, £29 from Topshop – buy now
“I would never have worn a PVC dress before.
“AndI would most certainly never have thought to layer one with a long-sleeve knit underneath like this.
“But layering it totally transforms the dress.
“This still looks sexy but is much more appropriate for wearing in the day.”
Love the loose fit
- Knitted top, £19.99 from Mango – buy now
- Bag, £17.99 from Mango – buy now
- Blazer, £34.99 from H&M – buy now
- Vinyl trousers, £45 from Weekday – buy now
- Heels, £40 from River Island – buy now
“I love this outfit. I don’t own shiny trousers and never thought about buying a pair, yet these are surprisingly easy to wear.
“I had thought they would be hot, noisy and restrictive.
"But these are a slightly looser fit and are quite high-waisted, making them both movable and flattering.”
PVC, latex and vinyl make me think of seedy shops and bondage.
But I was surprised how wearable and comfy it is.
Instead of being just for teens, if you pick the right pieces and layer with light knits in muted colours, it is age-appropriate.
None of them were squeaky either!
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