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The internet was shocked (but also quite impressed) when Kendall Jenner stepped out in January wearing a pair of perspex booties and fishnets – but then collectively moaned at Topshop a couple of months later when, riding on the clear-fabric craze, they came out with their straight-leg, see-through jeans. When it comes to wearing plastic, we can't seem to decide if it's an atrocious, sweat-trapping crime against fashion or the next frontier of haute couture. Kendall pulled off the footwear with aplomb, but can those of us who aren't on the Forbes rich list also make it work in a similar, or maybe even more stylish, way?

The designers who presented their SS18 collections this past fashion month answered a resounding "yes" with a myriad of stunning ensembles to prove it. We still can't get over Karl Lagerfeld's recreation of an idyllic South-of-France paradise in Paris, where models walked alongside towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls in their vibrant Chanel tweeds paired with transparent rain hats, thigh-highs and gloves – and let's not forget the clear rain drop-shaped earrings and space-age capes, either.

Image: 1) Balmain (image: Vogue.com) 2) Chanel (image: Vogue.com) 3) Valentino (image: Vogue.com)

Chanel may have been on the same page as Kendall with its emphasis on see-through style, but brands like Balmain and Valentino took it even further with more elaborate versions of plastic outerwear, following in the footsteps of Miu Miu and Calvin Klein last season. Olivier Rousteing played with a newsprint-esque, graphics-on-bare-skin aesthetic with his show-stopping trenches and skintight transparent separates for Balmain, and Pierpaolo Piccioli gave sporty silhouettes the whimsical Valentino treatment with his short, clear coats – one in blush pink, the other outlined with silver sparkles. During another season where designers are looking for inspiration to inject new life into their collections, plastic has become a fresh, versatile material for layering and deconstructing. 

So how do we go about incorporating this futuristic, cool-girl fabric into our wardrobe even if we weren't hand-picked by Lagerfeld for his runway show? Take a leaf from Chanel's book and ease your way in with accessories: a clear backpack, a unique choker or even a pair of Kendall booties for a girls' night out. To get that sleek, subtly high-fashion look, make sure the rest of your outfit is streetwise and streamlined (when in doubt, a perfectly fitted black piece is always the answer). But if you're all about turning heads with a statement look, it's time to get your hands on a transparent raincoat. Throw on a fun, florescent shirt or a eye-catching pattern underneath and count the number of lenses that look your way. 

Rain or shine, these runway-inspired transparent pieces are guaranteed to infuse some high fashion into your wardrobe:
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Topshop Transparent Sequin Mac Raincoat - $110
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Kendall + Kylie Haven Bootie - $185
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Building Block Basket Shoulder Bag - $575
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Maison Margiela Transparent Rigid Dress - $365
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Topshop Clear Poncho Raincoat - $85
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Miu Miu Transparent Black Trim Raincoat - $2,055
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Topshop Skinnydip Clear Holographic Backpack - $60
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Nasty Gal Doom Or Destiny Clear Bootie - $60
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Nasty Gal Heart of Glass Thigh High Boot - $52
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Make Me Chic Clear Cut Out Bootie Heels - $39
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Forever 21 Clear Grommet Choker - $5
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ASOS South Beach Visor with Pink Clear Peak - $16
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Forever 21 Clear Vinyl Skirt - $20
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Urban Outfitters Mini PVC Tote Bag - $15
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ASOS QED London Clear Raincoat - $29
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Comme Des Garçons Bubble Trench Coat With Clear Plastic Detail - $3,323
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