Sunday, December 1

Look for Less: Neoprene Skirts

L-R: Neoprene skirts from J. W. Anderson and Zara
 
 
 In 1930, DuPont scientist Dr. Elmer K. Bolton discovered neoprene, a flexible synthetic rubber that, unlike other synthetic or natural rubbers, resists degradation. Because of its relative inertness, the material is widely used for industrial applications and in aquatics, but the static fabric has also been a fashion industry favorite for several decades. I lovingly remember Reed Krakoff's sleek neoprene handbag collection for Coach in the late 1990s; for proof that neoprene goods are built to last, see this pristine bag from that collection here. This season, neoprene was used in the quirky designs of J.W. Anderson, whose neoprene skirt is on now on sale for $522.00 at SSENSE. But the material is not only a high-fashion fabric; it's also been adopted for fall 2013 by many fast fashion retailers, including Zara, whose own long neoprene skirt is available for $79.90. This said...
 
 
S.S.W. Asks: Would YOU splurge or steal on this long-lasting fashion?
 
 
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