Here’s how to dress like you’re living in The Matrix

Cyberpunk’s not dead.

February 07, 2018

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The rise of small-framed, elongated sunglasses and commanding leather fits have been impossible to miss over the past year and it can only mean one thing: cyberpunk is back with a vengeance. At this year’s Grammys, Rihanna’s showstopping burgundy patent leather trench coat by Alexandre Vauthier made the singer look like she popped in for a visit from 2045, while SZA literally had the iconic digital rain from The Matrix as her visuals. Naturally, those moments cemented the deal for us.


With every day feeling more like we’re living in a bizarre and disorienting simulation, why not make the most of it and dress like a futuristic rogue seeker of justice? While the complete ensemble may seem daunting, incorporating a few new essentials into your current wardrobe will add the mesmerizing allure guaranteed to get you through any dystopian tech nightmare.

Below, peep a few options for Matrix-ready eyewear, trench, and boots to give you a high-tech edge as the Earth collapses around us.

1. Sunglasses to hide your gaze from the machines

Transparent, glitter frames like planet i's Flamethrowers are a refreshing take on the thin glasses wave.


Solange Knowles is a fan of George Keburia eyeware, so you'll be in good company.

2. Chunky shoes with plenty of hardware

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NYC brand Iri adds a wavy platform that straight-up feels like a glitch in our perception of reality.

Poppy Lissiman adds a warped, cat-eye flair to her Le Skinny sunglasses.

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Even in a dystopian future ruled by energy-sucking machines, a solid platform boot will take you where you need to go. Unif's Phrankie Boot is an update on a classic.

Sheer fabrics and bondage straps add a dark yet feminine touch.

3. Sleek and structured trench coats that have nothing to hide

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A transparent coat will elevate even the most mundane of outfits.

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Find inspiration in Ava Nirui's cloudy trench by opting for minimal clothing underneath.

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Or, if you're feeling shy, an off-the-shoulder, denim approach will do the trick.

Here’s how to dress like you’re living in The Matrix