Plastic fantastic: the new look rainwear to buy in 2018

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Thought transparent plastic macs and shiny rubber boots were the preserve of pre-schoolers?

Think again.

As Storm Eleanor surges across the UK, we take a look at this season's super shiny new rainwear trend.

In typical trendsetting form, Karl Lagerfeld kicked off the vogue for plastic rainwear with his Spring 2018 Chanel runway show, which was an homage to clear PVC in all its forms.

Kaia Gerber, the breakout star of the season, opened the show wearing a fringed tweed jacket and a clear PVC bucket hat, and was followed by a stampede of models rocking plastic rain coats, capes and tie-on bonnets, plastic gloves and even clear PVC boots, both ankle and thigh high.

Kanye West also championed bare-all boots in his Yeezy Season 4 collection, which featured several pairs of transparent plastic thigh-grazers. Kim Kardashian - West's wife and muse - was quick to embrace the look, pairing them with high-waisted denim cutoff shorts, a NSFW sheer cropped bralette and an oversized denim jacket from West's Pablo collection.

Those, however, not feeling quite brave enough to tackle full-vis thigh-high boots (why ever not?) may want to consider the uber-chic and quietly practical macs Raf Simon's gave us for AW17 (which, incidentally are now on sale).

The achingly on-trend check number comes with a detachable plastic overlay, as does the wonderfully off-beat yellow faux fur.

Both offer ample opportunities to ramp up the style points without the need for anything so tiresome as an umbrella.

Whether high-gloss, brightly coloured, translucent or rubber, there's no escaping that oft-steamy and invariably squeaky plastic is the rainwear trend du jour.

Besides, it's hard to fault a material that simultaneously protects from the elements while flaunting your #OOTD, right?