Transparent and On Trend: See Through Accessories of The Summer

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I see London, I see France, I see…the entire contents of your handbag. 

Clearly, (pun definitely intended) our demand for transparency is going nowhere. Gone are the days of subtle hints and passive aggressive tweets. Gone are the attempts to play it cool. Fashion has put its foot down and is taking a much more literal approach to transparency with see-through accessories this season. Whether you opt for a subtle see-through accent on your sunnies or embrace your inner Kim K, giving us a little peek at your porkies with a clear shoe, this season you better prepare to bear all. 

Karl Lagerfield, King of Chanel and high-fashion, made it clear that the trend of transparency was soon to become compulsory among the fash pack, opening his SS18 show in style with Kaia Gerber emerging from a cave within the Grand Palais set of the show, clad in a see-through rain hat and thigh-high boots to match. With cliff edges and working waterfalls setting the tone for a runway of models wrapped in plastic rain coats, accompanied by weather appropriate accessories, the humble rain coat and boots were instantly elevated to must have status – on the basis of transparency. 

A similar effect took place at both Simone Rocha and Ellery shows, both choosing SS18 to make a strong case for perspex heeled Mary-Janes and ankle boots. Not to mention Gucci’s contribution to the trend, star-spangled sunglasses stealing the hearts of Instagram and the high street frenzy that soon followed in a desperate attempt by the masses to get their hands on clear framed knockoffs. 

However, it seems to be the rising popularity of the clear tote that’s sparked the most intrigue. Not just in terms of how to wear it but in revelation of who carries what in their handbags. There’s no denying that these clear totes have become crowned champions within the Instagrammable accessories sphere and they certainly make a great lightweight alternative to carrying a leather handbag in the summer time. But am I the only one feeling a rising panic at the prospect of having my handbag mess revealed to the masses? And surely, it’s a bit of a safety risk revealing your valuable to every passerby? 

With a little research, I’m told to stop being so negative. 

Apparently with the right attitude on hand, this clear bag trend could be exactly the wake up call you need. The exposure of your bag’s contents and the not-so-chic items that you house there (messy receipts, loose change, that chocolate bar you sneaked at lunch) forces us to be more organised. 

Think about it, that cute wallet you bought for loose change but kept losing in the dark depths of your bag? Now is as good a time as any to not only get some use out of it but be able to show it off to the world. 

It’s a reminder to charge your phone when you get in from work because god forbid, you expose those tangled wires to the world, plus it rids you of the detangling process. Speaking of the detangling process, when embracing the clear tote, cute and colourful pouches are the way forward for all miscellaneous items such as headphones among other items you may prefer to keep hidden. 

The irony isn’t lost on us that as part of a trend promoting “transparency” we’re suddenly hiding our lives in little pouches all in the name of appearing more Instagram worthy but venturing down that road is a conversation for another time.  

Of course, the trend isn’t limited to the tote. We’ve got the aforementioned bag within a bag, clear bum bags, the iridescent crossbody, the coloured PVC tote, the teeny, tiny bag and the good old, over the shoulder, plastic strapped handbag. Tell me there’s not a solution there for everyone?

Save time and money and gain mega style points by making the see through tote your go-to accessory this summer. Just keep a close eye on your belongings.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, and Emirates Woman.

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