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13 See-Through Accessories That’ll Add *It* Factor to Any Outfit—Even Leggings

Laura Lajiness

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Nineties nostalgia is continuing to permeate the world of fashion, making #throwback snaps appear almost one and the same with #ootd pics featuring the latest trends. Among them is the return of see-through accessories, a bold choice lauded by designers as of late that hits a high note when you’re striving for an unexpected element.

“A rather sensible choice for the unpredictable spring weather, [PVC] popped up on the runways screen printed with newspaper clippings at Balmain and Calvin Klein and as clear rain gear at Chanel,” says stylist and brand consultant, Rachael Wang. “[It] adds a lot of oomph to a basic outfit by simply adding an interesting texture.”

While life in vinyl is hardly practical in the heat, an accessory or lightweight layer is a preferred method for pulling off the look, especially handbags. “For a time, a clear branded tote was a free gift with purchase at participating Céline boutiques and it has become the hottest accessory on the street and is currently sold out everywhere,” says Wang.

Shopbop’s fashion director Caroline Maguire says less is more to avoid looking like a ’90s throwback. “I would suggest sticking to one item in an outfit whether it’s a handbag, shoe, or belt—let one piece be the focus,” she says.

Below, click through for 13 see-through pieces you’ll want to recycle through your wardrobe again and again.

Two other transitional pieces that are trending right now: the anorak jacket and sweat sets

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