Mood’s Top 5 Tips for Styling Vinyl [September 2023 Update]

Vinyl isn't just for records; it's a bold, bold and totally irresistible fashion statement. But styling vinyl can be a high-stakes endeavor; If you're wrong, you're more of a fashion faux pas than an avant-garde. Fortunately, you have landed on the right page. Our tips will tell you everything you need to know to turn heads without breaking a sweat, whether you're dressing up for a night out on the town or adding a little sparkle to your everyday look.

Calvin Klein and Prabal Gurung kept it basic with little black vinyl dresses, while Isabel Marant opted for a funkier cocktail dress. La Perla's vinyl overlay is perfect for adding depth to a simple blue dress, while No. 21's red ensemble is perfect for evenings at work and drinks with friends.

Tips for Styling Vinyl

Styling a vinyl dress is all about finding the perfect balance. This statement piece is already an eye-catcher, so the rest of your outfit should serve to complement it, not compete with it. Pair your vinyl dress with understated accessories and shoes in neutral tones to anchor the look. Think a minimalist leather clutch and simple strappy sandals or chic ankle boots in black or nude. For outerwear, opt for a fitted coat or a smart blazer to add a touch of sophistication. Remember that the goal is to create harmony in your outfit; the vinyl dress is the star of the show, so let the other pieces play supporting roles.

Calvin Klein | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Isabelle Marant |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Isabelle Marant | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

La Pearl |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

La Pearl | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

No. 21 |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

No. 21 | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Prabal Gurung |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Prabal Gurung | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Dress up with vinyl:

Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl

Mint Stretch Faux Leather/Vinyl

Crinkle vinyl with lime flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Crinkle vinyl with lime flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Designers have stepped up their raincoat game this year. Assembly New York and Threeasfour opted for sheer coats, perfect for showing off a pretty outfit on a rainy day, while La Perla's red raincoat steals the show no matter what it's paired with. Creatures of the Wind have created a two-tone jacket that pairs well with everything, while Belstaff's minimalist black coat is perfect for any occasion.

Tips for Styling Vinyl Jackets

Vinyl is a bold and eye-catching material, so you'll want to pair it with more understated pieces to create a cohesive look. For example, a black vinyl jacket can serve as a dramatic focal point when paired with a simple white t-shirt and classic blue jeans. If your jacket is in a bolder color like red or metallic silver, consider grounding the ensemble with neutral shades like black, white or beige to keep the look from becoming overwhelming. Keep shoes classic and understated to maintain balance.

New York Assembly |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

New York Assembly | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Belstaff |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Belstaff | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Wind Creatures |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Wind Creatures | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

La Pearl |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

La Pearl | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Three-four |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Three-four | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Stay cool with these vinyls:

Black Shiny Stretch Imitation Latex

Black Shiny Stretch Imitation Latex

Crinkle vinyl with coral flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Crinkle vinyl with coral flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Red is a popular vinyl choice, with Francesco Scognamiglio and Prabal Gurung making pants in darker browns, and Topshop Unique using a metallic, fiery red for their pants. But there were other colors, with Balmain showing off sleek black pants and Hillier Bartley showing off stunning hot pink pants.

Tips for Styling Vinyl Pants

When styling vinyl pants, the trick is to mix textures and tones. Pair your shiny vinyl pants with softer, more understated fabrics like a cashmere sweater or cotton t-shirt to balance out the shine. Neutral colors work exceptionally well; think white, black or gray to let the pants be the star of the show. If you're feeling adventurous, a monochromatic look can also be striking: just be sure to vary the textures to add depth.

Balmain |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Balmain | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Francesco Scognamiglio |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Francesco Scognamiglio | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Hillier Bartley |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Hillier Bartley | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Prabal Gurung |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Prabal Gurung | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Unique Topshop |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Unique Topshop | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Slip on vinyl pants with these fabrics:

Gold Shiny Stretch Imitation Latex

Gold Shiny Stretch Imitation Latex

Crinkle vinyl with peach flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Crinkle vinyl with peach flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Vinyl skirts go well with everything this season. Balmain and Toga showed off sheer vinyl skirts, showing a bit of skin while still looking stylish. Calvin Klein's loose skirt is a fine example of the vinyl side, while Francesco Scognamiglio flaunts his elegance with a mermaid skirt. This voluminous skirt from Mary Kontrantzou is perfect for rainy days, bringing brightness to days without too much sun.

Tips for Styling Vinyl Skirts

Since the skirt is already a statement piece with its shine and boldness, try pairing it with more understated complementary items. For example, a chunky knit sweater or a simple cotton t-shirt can soften the edginess of the skirt. Opt for neutral colors or minimalist patterns to let the skirt take center stage. If you want to add layers, consider a denim jacket or fitted blazer to give the outfit a structured look without overshadowing the appeal of the skirt. Accessories should be kept to a minimum (think delicate necklaces or earrings) to keep the focus on the skirt.Balmain |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Balmain | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Calvin Klein |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Calvin Klein | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Francesco Scognamiglio |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Francesco Scognamiglio | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Marie Kantrantzou |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Marie Kantrantzou | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Toga |  Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Toga | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Be fashionable with these fabrics:

Whisper White Stretch Leatherette/Vinyl

Whisper White Stretch Leatherette/Vinyl

Crinkle vinyl with orchid flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Crinkle vinyl with orchid flannel backing from the famous New York designer

Balmain and M Missoni carefully revealed some skin with sheer tops, while Toga's slightly sheer button shows just enough. Calvin Klein's vinyl cowl neck is perfect for cloudy days at the beach, while Jourden's crop top will fit perfectly at a dive bar or a local band show.

Tips for Styling Vinyl Tops

Since vinyl is an eye-catching material, pairing it with more understated, complementary pieces is crucial to create a cohesive look. For example, if you're wearing a vinyl crop top, consider pairing it with high-waisted pants or a flowy maxi skirt to offset the edginess of the vinyl. The matte textures of cotton or linen pants and skirts can provide a nice contrast to the glossy finish of vinyl. Alternatively, a vinyl blouse can be tucked into a tailored pencil skirt for an office chic look that's far from boring. For cooler seasons, throwing on a long, chunky cardigan or a sleek wool coat over your vinyl top can not only balance out the outfit, but also add a layer of sophistication.

Balmain |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Balmain | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Calvin Klein |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Calvin Klein | Ready-to-wear Spring 2018

Jordan |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Jordan | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Mr Missoni |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Mr Missoni | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Toga |  Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Toga | Spring 2018 ready-to-wear

Look your best with these fabrics:

Metallic gold basket woven vinyl

Metallic gold basket woven vinyl

Black faux leather/stretch vinyl

Black faux leather/stretch vinyl

The top 5 things not to do while wearing vinyl

Vinyl is definitely a staple. But as with any eye-catching fabric, there are pitfalls to avoid. Here's what you should pay attention to:

Beware the sweat factor

Vinyl does not breathe. You might find yourself sweating uncomfortable on a hot day or in a heated environment. Always consider the temperature and setting before going out on vinyl.

Watch the fit

Vinyl is not forgiving when it comes to fit. It doesn't have the same stretch as fabrics like cotton or spandex. Make sure your vinyl pieces fit perfectly; too tight they will snag and show every bump and bump; too loose and you risk looking sloppy.

Be careful with color coordination

Vinyl is often available in bright, intense colors. Pairing them with equally bold colors can clash and overwhelm you. Aim for balance by pairing your vinyl item with neutral tones or muted patterns.

Consider the occasion

Vinyl may not be suitable for all settings. It's perfect for a night out or a fashion-forward event, but maybe consider wearing it to a business meeting or family reunion, unless you're sure it won't. frown.

Pay attention to your accessories

Vinyl is a statement in itself, so go easy on the accessories. Simple, elegant pieces work best and don't compete for attention.

How do you style your vinyl fashion? Let me know in the comments!

Unleash your potential: expert tips for styling vinyl was last modified: September 1, 2023 by Molly Hannelly




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