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Transparency is having a moment.

Raf Simons, the genius creating Calvin Klein Collection, jump started the movement with the starring look of his fall 2017 collection: a gold fake fur bathrobe coat covered in clear plastic – 1960s sofa style – and cinched with a rope-like belt.

Aquazzura at Neiman Marcus

For spring and summer, everyone from Burberry to Zara is offering a transparent raincoat to top off any outfit. Plus Chanel sent a legion of models down the runway wearing clear plastic boots, a signal that this trend has legs.

There’s something slightly disquieting and alluring about revealing part or all of the foot under a protective covering. It makes you want to look, and that’s what gives it an edge.

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin, which is sold by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, offers a number of clear styles, such as a metallic gold leather spike heel with studded clear straps.

Manolo Blahnik at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

Luxury brands have embraced this, as Manolo Blahnik’s pump with clear accents at Nordstrom, and Aquazurra’s PVC and snakeskin ankle strap heel at Neiman’s.

Plus, more designer footwear featuring clear accents will be landing in stores this summer.

Steve Madden

An inexpensive way to flaunt this hip trend is to visit Steve Madden, which has proclaimed, “Clear is the new black.”

The fast fashion shoemaker stocks a selection of stylish sandals, pumps and slides with clear heels and/or straps, and they all retail under $100. Dillard’s and Nordstrom also stock Steve Madden.

Just remember, fit is important – no one wants to see your toes mashed into a shoe that’s too tight. Naturally, pedicures are mandatory.


Of course, where shoes go, accessories will follow. Check out watches with Plexiglass overlays at Gucci and the dramatic clear Big Bang watch at Hublot. And, keep your eye out for the beauty of clear materials in all facets of fashion.