The neoprene trend first washed up on our shores a few months ago, but only recently has it been making waves on the runway and in street style snaps. The surf-inspired textile is originally used for scuba gear and wetsuits, but designers like Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang have adopted its ultra smooth, pliable and lightweight form to create structured silhouettes with bold prints and patterns. Neoprene not only brings new meaning high fashion sportswear, but also translates easily into a trend that everyone can pull off!
Skirts: Neoprene skater skirts are most popular because they are easy to find and come in a variety of bright, vivid colors. The fabric itself is easy to print on, so take this opportunity to try a color that pops or an eye-catching allover graphic print. For starters, try this pleated pink skirt from Awwdore.
Tops: Neoprene tops give us a chance to experiment with wearing statement pieces that maintain their form and don’t look overdone. On one hand, you can go with something clean and classic, like a neutral color top in a basic shape -- think a crop neoprene sweater over a shift dress. You’ll highlight your waist and get a look that’s effortlessly chic. On the other hand, you can indulge your artsy side and go for an eye-catching screenprint. There are a couple neoprene-inspired tops like this peplum one and this racerback crop top in the shop, but there are plenty of styles out there so keep an open mind!
Dresses: Since neoprene is such a flexible fabric, it is extra forgiving and stretches out to look good on almost everyone! You can choose to go with a form fitting bodycon that has features like cut-outs or zipper accents or take the high couture route and find one with a strong shape like shoulder pads or a unique hemline. The Chictopia Shop has a couple options to check out, including this gorgeous blue number and this cute pleated floral one.
With its growing fan club and undeniable versatility, neoprene is definitely here to stay. If you think you’re not quite ready to rock the trend, you can dip your toes (literally) and try heels with cool neoprene accents or a bright neon clutch bag -- after all, you never know until you try!