This year’s 2013 Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featured the Punk movement, and its subsequent influence on fashion through the years. Following the kick-off Gala, every Fashionista has been flooded with photos of fashion’s finest —everyone from Beyoncé to Cara Delevingne — decked out in leather, studs and a sea of black. It hasn’t taken long for this trend to start popping up on the streets and in stores.
A full punk look, a re-incarnation of Patti Smith or the Ramones, might be a bit hard to integrate into the everyday wardrobe. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be on-trend with the punk looks; a small patch of studding or a few choice leather accessories are a stylish way to add a bit of edge to your usual summer style. To keep from going too grunge, take a page out of this Fashionista’s book and mix the hardcore pieces with more feminine ones. Her look is a bit of throwback girlish, with delicate floral-print high-waisted shorts, round sunglasses and a vintage-look purse. To cut the sweetness, she mixes it up with combat boots and a skull tank for a more rebellious, punk vibe.
Skulls and combat boots, while quintessential ‘punk’, aren’t the only way to bring this trend to your wardrobe. With so many punk elements to play with, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure to play with contrasts, or your punk flair could end up a bit too much like a costume. Try pairing a floral sundress with a studded jean jacket, or switch girly for tailored and top your cut-off shorts with a sleek button-up and a simple pair of flats. Just remember that it’s all about the Clash…in more ways than one.