Would You Wear Neoprene On Dry Land?

This deep sea material is now making a splash in non-water environments near you.

Jul 12, 2011 at 12:02pm | Leave a comment

Surfer style is one of those things that keeps getting referenced in high fashion every couple of seasons. Proenza Schouler brought it back in spring of 2004 with a runway packed with board shorts, and in 2008 Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere experimented with neoprene-like materials for his spring and fall collections. It was only a matter of time before this practical material made it's dry-land, mass market debut. 

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ASOS BLACK Neoprene High Neck Shift Dress $146.53, ASOS

So would you rock this foamy fabric in your everyday life? It definitely seems tempting, It's a sexy vibe that doesn't veer into "trying too hard territory" and if you follow the "sports" angle, you've got yourself a cool, comfortable look for the summer.

I find that dresses in this material tend to look a bit mod-ish, which you can totally embrace by pairing them with flat ankle boots or maybe a Mar Jane with a bit of a heel. Perfect for a special party where you really want to stand out. 

 

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Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Choka Skirt $52.50, Roxy

 A skirt seems a lot easier to include in your everyday wardrobe, and I have to say this Cynthia Rowley skirt is definitely calling my name. The fact that it's black means it would go with pretty much everything in my closet and the neon-ish color blocks are exactly the kind of detail I love in my clothes. Would pair it easily with my favorite tee and black oxfords -- what else? 

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Pierre Hardy Two-Tone Sandal $265, Yoox

Of course the easiest way to dip your toes into a trend pool is via accessories. Maybe you think that wearing diving gear in the city is totally loco, and  I can't really say that you are wrong. But, when you have a cool shoe with just a hint of an "odd material" it's no problem because it's not like you're wearing a costume, just shoes that are super cool. These Pierre Hardy sandals are a few seasons old, but their classic shape and bold color combination will be cool for a long, long time to come. 

Would you give neoprene a whirl or will you be sticking to the usual earthly fabrics?