PVC: The True Story

PVC skirts took the fashion world by storm at the AW13 catwalk all the way back last year. However, for anyone who thought it was a passing trend, it’s here to stay in 2014 and is set to be establishing itself as something of a fashion staple.

So what’s not to like? It hides a multitude of sins, makes go-home stains a thing of the past [just wipe off and go, ladies!] and is more ethical and hardwearing than leather.

The sad truth is that PVC remains a very misunderstood fabric. This can most likely be attributed to its racy past or portrayal in the media as being a garment for the brave, the cheap, the body confident or the stick insect. This is a complete fallacy.

If you don’t embrace the PVC skirt, don’t let it be for the wrong reasons. Here’s a list of the most popular misconceptions laid bare.

Misconception #1: PVC is too edgy. It is for punk rockers, wannabe punk rockers and other hard types.

This is untrue, as proved by Alexa Chung. PVC is a lot more versatile than you might think. It’s all about how you choose to style it as Alexa often demonstrates with such ensembles as a beautiful JW Anderson patent PVC skirt and Aran sweater. Putting a girly spin on PVC with a cosy cropped jumper in cream or pastels is a good way to go.

Misconception #2: Don’t you have to be a stick insect to pull off the PVC skirt?

The misconception that the PVC skirt is incredibly tight and therefore best suited to the size 8 body of Rochelle Humes and company is completely wrong. PVC, like leather, is incredibly flattering. It hides lumps, bumps and covers a multitude of sins. It’s not as relentlessly clingy as body con, but still has the ability to suck it all in. For proof, look to our lovely champion of curves, Kim Kardashian.

You can also pick up PVC skirts in a variety of flattering shapes – from skater skirts to lantern skirts and even the very ‘now’ shape, the midi skirt.

Misconception #3: PVC is difficult to style.

Go to your wardrobe right now and I guarantee you have at least five things you could pair with a PVC skirt. Dress it up with a nice blouse or dress it down with a sweatshirt or jumper. I like it best with shoe boots or buckled ankle boots but kitten heels give it a nice girly twist.

I’ve read that you shouldn’t mix it with leather or faux fur. This simply isn’t the case. Mixing textures is incredibly in right now. For two for the price of one, you can even nab this ASOS skirt which is part leather and part PVC. It’s a great way to dip your toe into the trend.

So there you go. Everyone can pull off a PVC skirt, but be prepared! Not only is it a conversation starter, there’s something about it that makes people want to reach out and touch it. The main trick to pulling off PVC is confidence, so hold your head high and wait for the compliments to come rolling in…

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