The Clear Plastic Trend Has To Stop

Late last year, Kylie Jenner baffled people around the world when she posted a picture of herself in a crop-top, sweats and clear, plastic, heeled booties. Big sis Kim Kardashian-West also wore this style of boot, which is part of Kanye West’s Yeezy collection. To everyone’s dismay, Kylie continued to wear clear plastic boots, despite how sweaty and impractical they are. Now, fast-fashion retailers have hopped on the trend. Even weirder, Topshop is now selling clear plastic pants. 

 Let’s start with the shoes. I find it hard to believe that Kylie was remotely active while wearing these. Sure, we’ve seen her out in them, but most of the time she’s just sitting, or standing in her air-conditioned house. Not only does the plastic look incredibly uncomfortable and remind me of those chunky, plastic dress-up shoes most of us wore as kids, but real-life people have proved the sweat is way too much to deal with. Ugh, I’m gonna need a bottle of baby powder just thinking about it. 

 So the shoes are just a minor accessory. I’m sure someone who is committed enough could toughen up and make it work. However, clear plastic pants are a whole new level of nope. First it started with Topshop’s Clear Knee Mom Jeans… So they’re a little strange, instead of traditional knee-rips, the pants offer clear plastic windows. They’re not totally offensive though. The pants are mostly denim, so someone who is super daring might be able to pull them off. 

 Unfortunately it gets worse. Shortly after the Clear Knee Mom Jeans, Topshop came out with the MOTO Clear Plastic Straight Leg Jeans. The pants are 100 percent clear plastic. Advertised as a piece that would get people talking and perfect for festivals, Topshop even offered styling suggestions. 

“Take the look to the extreme with a bikini and sequin jacket or dress down, layered under an oversized jumper or asymmetric hem dress,” the website recommends. What horrifies me the most though is that since these “jeans” are 100 percent polyurethane, they are wipe-clean only. After all the sweating you do in them, you can’t even wash them probably. Who would even bother with that? It appears people do though, because the pants are sold out on Topshop’s website.