There are some trends that are just so chic and timeless that they actually resurrect themselves in Fashionistas’ wardrobes just about every season. The stud fad is one of them. Although some people instantly think of ‘80s rockers and goth r punk princesses, today’s studded pieces are subtle but not unnoticeable and edgy but not over-the-edge. A first glance, this Fashionista just seems to be cozied-up in her favorite neutrals, ready for a long day at Case Library. But a second look shows that although her day might be spent typing away in a cubicle, she continues to work one of the most popular embellishments into her look. The stylish simplicity of the rest of the outfit allows the conical and square metallic studs on her booties and bracelets to steal the spotlight. Her suede Steve Madden T-Stud Flat Booties combine comfort and coolness with the moccasin-like design and the bling on the back flap. This season, pointed and rounded nail heads and even studded skulls have been seen on footwear ranging from heels to flats to over-the-knee boots. You can rock them for any occasion on or off campus.
Incorporating studs into your wardrobe does not have to be like putting on battle armor. Gentle splashes of studs down the sides of leggings, on the corners of a pair of shades, or around the rims of a couple bangles are the perfect ways to go glam with any ensemble. Metalware goes great with both neutrals and neons, like this Fashionsta’s leather arm party or this studded bracelet by Zara. To cross further into “rock chic,” try a pair of (real or faux!) leather leggings; they’ll look rad with any kind of studded accessory. Studs are perfect for a college girl’s budget since they can be simply adorned onto any piece with a hot glue gun; don’t be afraid to be creative and try some DIY projects this semester!
Spotted: The geniuses at Hervé Léger by Max Azria found ways to add rock n’ roll into everything from a fitted pencil skirt to a ruffled frock with metal studs and embellishments in its latest collection.