STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: A Little Bit Rock and Roll

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In the past couple weeks, I’ve been noticing how many little touches are out there that can easily spice up an outfit that’s a little, shall we say, blah. In my last post, I talked about how I’ve never been a huge accessories person, but I can definitely get behind using a couple key touches to take your look to a new level. One I’ve been seeing a lot lately, and am really into trying, is crazy nail design. Sally Hanson recently came out with nail decals that can give you an instant cheetah print manicure. And did anyone see Ke$ha’s nails in her Blow video? I only wish I could have that much bling on my fingers.

Anyway, the point is that it doesn’t take much, and adding a crazy little touch could be exactly what you need to add some edge. This week’s Fashionista is showing us how to do that while also giving an awesome example of a spring trend: bad girl details. I think today's Fashionista’s shoes and bag are what truly make this outfit. All black can easily turn into a little too much, but the way she has played with texture and detailing makes it look just right.

Her shoes are my personal favorite. Whether it’s on celebrities or the runway, I’ve been seeing studs more and more. Even designers whose looks are often more classic have been using studs, Burberry is a perfect example. In their spring/summer collection they’ve come out with leather jackets that look ready to grace the back of a Harley (although with a $6,000 price tag I might reconsider that idea) and they’ve even added studs to their classic trench. Celebrities like Emma Watson, Rachel Bilson, Kim Kardashian and even Rihanna have been seen rocking these looks. This week's Fashionista shows the same general idea by pairing her studded flats with a classic peacoat to add interest.

Her bag is also adding a fun detail. The external zipper has been a part of shirts, skirts, dresses, just about everything at this point, and bags are no exception. Designers like Christian Louboutin and Rebecca Minkoff have released bags with crazy zipper detailing and they are by no means the first. The zipper definitely adds a little bit of edge and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The texture of this Fashionista’s bag is also a nice touch, as the shine contrasts the soft texture the rest of her outfit.

Hint: You don’t have to deck yourself out in leather and spikes to give your outfit edge. A subtle touch can go a long way to adding interest and maybe even make you feel a little bit bad.
 

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