Clear Out: This Season’s See-Through Accessories

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Clear Out: This Season’s See-Through Accessories

I’ve heard that fashion recycles itself every 20 years. If that’s true, I guess it would explain why I rocked a see-through green smiley-face backpack in the third grade, and I’m contemplating buying a see-through mint foldover clutch to carry around now. Whether it’s a truly fresh idea, or the ’90s coming back to haunt us, one thing is for sure: Clear accessories are happening in a big way right now. The trick to pulling off something this obnoxious is to make sure you’re not showing off anything that you wouldn’t want to be on display. When it comes to see-through bags, tampons, receipts, and loose change are all a big no-no. Keep it simple and classy: a pretty compact, your phone, and a wallet. And please don’t stuff it to the brim. It’s an accessory, not a vacuum-sealed storage bag.


Hive and Honey Clear Spikes Necklace



The edgy spikes on this gold-chain necklace are so hot for summer. The best part about this clear statement necklace? It will match anything!


BCBGeneration Susie High-Maintenance Clutch



This mint see-through clutch from BCBG is a more office-appropriate way to work clear accessories into your wardrobe. The color isn't as attention-grabbing and the rubber material is less obnoxious than the plastic alternatives. Keep your phone and a few pens in here, nothing unprofessional.


Topshop Clear Pink Frill Umbrella



Plastic material isn't too much of a stretch when it comes to umbrellas, so turn it up a notch with this clear version. Don't let a rainy day keep everyone from seeing you.


Kate Spade Saturday See-Through Beach Tote



Kate Spade's Saturday line debuted this spring, and offers eclectic, '80s-inspired pieces. That being said, it's not surprising this collection took on the clear trend for summer. This roomy see-through tote will fit all of your beach essentials and let you know where your sunscreen is before you even reach in. It comes in blue, pink, and yellow.

See Through Beach Tote
Brand: Kate Spade Saturday
Price: $85.00
Store: Kate Spade Saturday


Banana Republic Mayer Sunglasses



See things more clearly through these two-tone black and crystal Banana Republic sunglasses.


Kenneth Cole Transparent Watch With White Croco-Embossed Strap



It's all in the wrist with this chic transparent watch from Kenneth Cole. The white leather band will fit nicely into any summer wardrobe, and the stunning rose gold face will complement any skin tone.


Truth or Dare by Madonna Quilliams Neon and Clear Flat



See-through is hitting shoes in a major way. Tons of designers are releasing shoes this summer with clear panels, and a few of them are entirely transparent. This neon-paneled pair is a fun way to experiment with the trend without making a huge commitment.


Marc by Marc Jacobs Checkmate Tote



This clear-and-white checkered bag is perfect for the beach or running errands. Tote bags are a notorious black hole for small items like keys and lipsticks, but the see-through sides should be extra motivation to keep yourself organized.


Sam Edelman Yara Clear-Heeled Sandal



Sam Edelman is a brand known for putting a unique spin on any trend that pops up. When it comes to clear accessories, their goal is the same. The clear heel and corresponding crystal detailing on this edgy two-tone sandal look more glamorous than tacky.


CC Skye Sunset Boulevard Clutch



This pink-and-orange sunset-hued clutch is a major statement piece. Adding color to the transparent trend makes it more wearable, just be careful to make sure it's your only pop of color: You don't want to look like a Lisa Frank sticker.


Charlotte Olympia Box Office Clutch



This Old Hollywood-inspired clutch by Charlotte Olympia is a major splurge, but the design is flawless—a see-through casing surrounds a leather zip-up pouch. This is a great way to rock the clear trend without putting all of your personal effects on display.