This Mad Street Style Trend Has Finally Hit the Fashion Mainstream

There was a time when a love for vinyl was a reference to your sizable record collection, but now this historically risqué fabric has entrenched itself in the mainstream (well, the fashion mainstream anyway). Wipe clean and high impact, every item of clothing you could think of has been given the vinyl treatment—from trousers and coats to skirts and accessories—instantly transforming any run-of-the-mill item into a serious statement piece. 

The vinyl-ambivalent can rest assured that there are plenty of ways to work this look without looking like a bin-liner. If the idea of stepping out in a pair of vinyl trousers terrifies you then there are plenty of high-shine accessories around that will allow you to dip your toe in. Take your cues from Harriet Stewart who elevates her denim dungarees with a pair of red patent boots. Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous, then the vinyl midi skirt is the thing for you. The secret is to keep the rest of your outfit simple a la Lisa Aiken (think white tee and heeled boots) and prepare to turn heads. Scroll down for our full edit of vinyl outfits.


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Style Notes: Blue isn't often a colour we see rendered in vinyl, however, this outfit proves it's the ideal choice for a rain mac-style coat. 


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Style Notes: Ellie from Slip Into Style forgoes the traditional vinyl options and instead opts for a look-at-me ankle grazing brown maxi skirt. 


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Style Notes: We're seriously enjoying the '70s aesthetic of this street style outfit. The waist-cinching fit of the jacket is so flattering.


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Style Notes: Our takeaway from Lisa Aiken's cooler-than-thou look? You can't go wrong styling a vinyl midi with low-key wardrobe staples. 


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Style Notes: Lucy Williams offers up a slightly more accessible alternative to a vinyl trench via this Stand shearling jacket. 


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Style Notes: This denim jumpsuit goes from casual to catwalk through the addition of red patent boots. 


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Style Notes: The striped blouse and tailored coat make for a smart-casual spin on the vinyl trend.

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Style Notes: One of our editorial team owns this Amazon trench and can confirm it's worth every penny.


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Style Notes: While still packing plenty of personality, black vinyl trousers are the perfect foil for printed separates.


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Style Notes: Everyone went wild for River Island's rust-coloured trench last year and Naaomi Ross shows its versatility by pairing it with chunky dad trainers.


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Style Notes: Another pair of patent boots, but this time in springtime lilac. Also, kudos to Maria Bernad for the matching bag.


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Style Notes: In contrast to the many vinyl trenches on the market, the princess sleeves on this coat make for a more unusual silhouette.


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Style Notes: Olivia Palermo's all-black outfit is such an easy look to recreate. If in doubt, go tonal.


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Style Notes: We're coming over all Carrie Bradshaw with this extroverted look. We've never seen a patent blazer before, but we kinda love it


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Style Notes: A pair of read vinyl trousers are sure to stop traffic. 

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