Jeans with plastic knee panels were questionable; but full-on plastic jeans?

By Melissa Hoyer

Topshop is raising eyebrows with the release of their clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop
Topshop is raising eyebrows with the release of their clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop

OK, each to their fashion own. But totally clear, plastic jeans?

I mean, are fashion design teams so desperate for a 'new' idea they've taken to using one of the most uncomfy, ridiculous and ridiculed 'fabrics' as the basis of a pair of jeans?

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At a time when plastic consumption is, well, supposed to be one of our chief conservation and biodegradable concerns, suddenly we're supposed to be wearing the stuff?!

Perhaps Topshop is going all Aldi on us and meaning for us to double out new plastic fantastic jeans as a reusable shopping bag as well.

It was just moments ago we here at news.com.au were lamenting the arrival of plastic knee, cut-out jeans (say what?).

In retrospect, the clear plastic panels at the knees of these little beauties are serious haute couture in comparison to what has just landed on the Topshop website.

So let's just workshop this fashion moment for a minute.

Plastic is hot. Plastic sweats. Plastic jeans will need something else worn underneath them to avoid us going all Kardashian and having us show off every bit of our butt-butts.

The clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop
The clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop

For just over a cool 100 bucks, plastic jeans will not leave you cool at all. In fact, they may even cause a little body weight slippage. Or an unfortunate thrush-type situation that won't be pretty.

Can you imagine the pen stains that just may make their way into them if you wear them to the office? Let alone your colleagues and train-travellers' stares and whispers.


OK, so on the flip side. Yes, there actually IS one.

At least they are a wipe-down proposition. One spilt drink and baam! Grab a baby wipe or a bit of Spray n Wipe and you're set to go with no pesky, lingering stains.

On a production note, the 100 per cent polyurethane jeans - that's techno speak for plastic - are given a kind of style cred on the Topshop website as they invite potential buyers to "think outside the box".

The clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop
The clear plastic jeans. Photo / Topshop

The straight-leg style is called the "Moto Clear Plastic jean" and is "ideal as a statement piece for a festival or costume party". Hello Burning Man! What a pity Coachella has been and gone.

As well, the jeans have "classic pockets detailing and are cropped at the ankle bone".

Phew! Thank god the ankle has been saved from the perils of plastic adornment.


Look, of course there are going to be some cool-skoolers who rock a thong, denim shorts or granny undies underneath or some coloured tights or, hey, maybe, nothing at all.

But I can't help think that by Topshop occasionally "dropping" pieces like these into their stores, they win. I mean, we're all talking about them.

And *that* is the name of the ridiculously competitive fashion game.

- news.com.au

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