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5 fashionable patent leather items to try this winter

Similar to the concept of diamonds; if the patent leather is shinier, it’s better. Commonly associated with bondage and other adventures, this shiny half-sister rendition of leather now resides in every fashion girl’s closet.

Popularised in the seventies during the era of Studio 54, Ziggy Stardust and glam rock, patent leather was introduced as part of a wardrobe staple as it was perceived as edgy, unique and glamourous. Till today, celebrities like Britney Spears, Poppy Delevingne and Chiara Ferragni have been seen rocking the glossy, coated fabric.

Glam rock is definitely making a comeback. From burgundy overcoats at Valentino to corset jackets in Louis Vuitton, the runways are serving us an extra dose of shine (more lustrous than your lip gloss) this season. The resurgence of patent leather is so prominent that they have started to trickle down to the fast fashion outlets.

Lovers of all things shiny, it’s finally time to keep your gloss game up this cold and gloomy winter period.

Bottega Veneta

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend because they are sparkly. If you’re looking for something as statement as a diamond necklace, try out this patent leather skirt that allows you to achieve the same shine without falling flat in comparison.

Dusty pink patent leather pencil skirt, US$2,356 (S$3,323)

Isabel Marant

You can always elevate your outfit with a strong accessory. For those who are not into stacking bracelets till it reaches your sleeves, spice up your wrist with a bold statement piece.

Black patent leather buckle bracelet, US$162 (S$228)


Shoe lovers, you’re in for a treat. This pair of red ankle booties will be a show stopper during a night out with your friends. Let’s just hope they’re as magical as those from Dorothy’s (Wizard of Oz) to deliver you home safely.

Vermillion red patent leather ankle zip boots, US$374 (S$527)

The Row

Wrap up and keep yourself warm this winter (for those who are visiting countries situated at the Northern hemisphere) with a shiny trench coat. The best part? You’ll still be gleaming during the winter solstice.

Almond patent leather belted trench coat, US$4,390 (S$6,688)


For those who are in favour of androgyny, why not try out a piece that coalesces rock ‘n’ roll with femininity? This vest is appropriate for those who wish to channel biker-chic-meets-diva.

Black patent leather biker and faux fur vest, US$1,265 (S$1,784)