On the Scuba Trend: NEOPRENE

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I first discovered neoprene while scuffling through a sales rack at Zara. Mum, with an armful of experience handling clothes by virtue of her age, warned me that I would regret buying the white neoprene sweater that I had picked up come time when I would have to wash it in college.

Her reasoning made good sense. Every piece of clothing that I’ve thrown into the washing machine downstairs comes out a bit ragged, a little more tattered, and I was unsure (and still am) about how to handle the fabric. I left the store empty-handed that day, but I wanted to know more about this rubber-like fabric that I’ve only seen on laptop sleeves and scuba-wear.

Neoprene is incredibly smooth and pliable, and creates the effect of  structured silhouettes. Some might say that the rigid construction would make you look circular, especially in the arm region of sweaters, but instead, neoprene gives off a modern effect. Another added perk is that neoprene doesn’t crease. Having gone without an iron board for three months now, the fabric is a godsend. I’d go for bolder shades – red, orange, or even black – because dirt really gets easily on white neoprene.

I’m seeing a lot of grey neoprene sweaters these days, which gives a fresh twist from ones like these that have been around for a long time. I’d style a bright tank under a sweater or pair the sweater up with a tight skirt or shorts. Here are some goodies that I found over the internet! (Pictures from SSENSE, Net-a-porter, and Nordstrom).

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