ACCESSORIES REPORT: A Sterling Skull

Accessories Report

As the sun shines brighter and flowers begin to bloom, most students are putting away their darker colors, and reaching for their colorful tank tops, light-wash shorts and floral-print kimonos. While leaving class this week, however, I ran into a Fashionista who stood out in her edgy all-black ensemble.

Rocking a low-cut jumpsuit with an attached mesh black crop top underneath, this Fashionista dared to be bold in a stand-out way. Although monochromatic, her black floppy sunhat, platform sandals and flower-trimmed round sunglasses completed her outfit to make it perfect for spring. However, beauty is in the details and this was surely true with this Fashionista. Two silver nose rings and several chunky silver rings accented the onyx-themed outfit to add a little shine and keep things interesting. Yet, the piece that caught my eye the most was the large skull ring she wore on her thumb.

Skulls have been floating through the fashion industry for decades. Starting out with Vivienne Westwood’s rock ‘n’ roll shop, Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die, skulls, chains and razor blades decorated fashion pieces that became popular in London in 1972. With this rising popularity of skulls came the popularity of Alexander McQueen, who created his now infamous skull-print scarf in 2003. The rise of the goth era kept the theme of all black everything and skull-print items in existence as well. Skulls gradually became an important part of fashion history.

Our Fashionista’s outfit is perfect for day wear, but you may be wondering how to turn it into an outfit suitable for the evening. Swap out the platform sandals for strappy heels, and take off the sunhat and sunglasses. Add a wide, metallic belt and finish the outfit with a chic clutch, and you’re ready to go for the night!

To style skulls for all seasons, the key point to remember is that skulls can be overpowering, and must be balanced with other elements. For spring and summer seasons, wear floral for a touch of femininity, and for fall and winter seasons, add a pop of bright color to keep the outfit bold and not dreary.

Spotted: Comme des Garçons‘ spring 2011 menswear collection shows us how skulls continue to stay in fashion throughout the years. By being used on menswear clothing, we can understand the versatility of skulls for different fashion pieces and genders.

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