Lucite: Clearly, a trend is developing

Acrylic accessories are making a re-emergence in fashion and home decor.
By Linda Miller Modified: July 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm •  Published: July 18, 2013
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Not every great fashion item smacks of color, print or pattern.

Some of this season's best-looking accessories (and home decor items) are devoid of any color. Clear bracelets. See-through shoes. Watches with transparent bands. Acrylic lamps.

That makes these pieces a nice complement for everything else in your wardrobe or house, especially this summer when you want to lighten up.

“Lucite accessories are a hot trend right now that has been seen all over the runways,” said Sofia Wacksman, vice president of trend for Kohl's Department Stores. “These versatile pieces help add a sleek and sophisticated feel to almost any look. Give bright ensembles a modern touch with a chunky Lucite bracelet or pendant necklace. Add ultrachic style to an all-white outfit with Lucite sandals or sunglasses.”

Lucite and clear accessories aren't new. In the 1950s, any Hollywood starlet worth her bleached blond hair and mile-high stilettos reached for an acrylic handbag. Marilyn Monroe carried one in the film “Niagara” and was photographed in a magazine wearing acrylic high-heel sandals.

Betsy King, shoe buyer for Balliets, said she remembers wearing her grandmother's clear shoes back in the day.

Fast forward, and today Lucite offers a fresh look in shoes.

“We are seeing lots of clear heels and uppers,” King said. “Lucite adds a barely there look that elongates the leg but still offers a punch of fashion. Everyone from Valentino to Diane von Furstenberg has played with this trend for summer.”