ACCESSORIES REPORT: Edgy Meets Feminine

Accessories Report

The obsession with the Fifty Shades of Grey novel didn’t just affect the book industry (and the blushing women across the world,) but it has gradually inspired fashion today. We have been seeing leather, bralettes, studs and spikes hitting the runways and the streets since the fall. The big question of the season is how to rock studs and leather without going too “Grey-esque.” We can applaud this week’s Fashionista, who showed a soft side, while still wearing leather and spikes.

Leather has made a comeback this year. I believe leather pieces to be an imperative part of one’s wardrobe. I can’t resist a piece of clothing that is tough and feminine at the same time and endlessly versatile. You shouldn’t either! Wearing leather bottoms can be tricky, unless paired with the right pieces. The Fashionista’s ensemble is simple and classic, yet edgy. Look for a top that is more polished, like a knit or a silky blouse. The Fashionista’s chambray button down was the perfect top to pair with her leather leggings, resulting in a sophisticated punk rock style.

However she didn’t lack any color or fun due to her feather print scarf and Steve Madden gold and leopard spike cap toe flat.  Whenever I see a pair of cap toe shoes, I think of the iconic Coco Chanel. Her fashionable cap toe shoes have made quite the reappearance this season, featured in flats, boots and pumps.

Whether you simply enjoy reading the Grey trilogy or you just want to give off a dominatrix vibe, leather should be a part of your wardrobe in one form or another.

Spotted:  Jason Wu, designer mostly commonly known to dress Michelle Obama, pushed himself outside his comfort zone and went to the dark side. Wu’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection may have been channeling Fifty Shades of Grey. Lace, leather and harnesses dominated the runway, leaving many in awe.

 

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