TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas talks about how to pull off studs and still be feminine, suggesting ways to take off the edge by utilizing them in accessories and details.
From blouses and belts to bracelets and booties, studs are everywhere! TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas shares tips on how to wear this hot, end-of-summer and into-fall trend.
Basics with a twist
Whether you're a teen, tween, mother, grandmother, or somewhere in between, there's an easy to wear this "tough" trend tastefully. Try tracking down basic items like white button-down shirts or tees, classic black trousers or blazers embellished with the detail. The traditional shape of the garment can help take the edge off the studs, making pieces like these suitable for work or school. Even more, they'll be wearable for years to come, well beyond the end of the trend (Waist Studded Black Pant; Stud Collar Blouse; Black Pony Stud Flats $79.90-$89.90, Zara.com).
Another way to wear heavy metal? Mix things up, pairing soft chiffons, painterly prints and delicate florals with hard, studded belts, sharp, stud-trimmed jackets and more. The key here is to remember that opposites attract; studs and "sweets" can help balance each other out visually, creating a pulled together, fashion forward look that's fierce yet feminine. And added bonus? This approach is a great way to get more use out of what's already in your closet, allowing you to re-wear sundresses, tank tops and jackets, this time with a fun, modern update (Intertwined Studded Belt; Brushstrokes Dress $29.99-$79.99, Mango.com).
Since a bag can be your constant companion, you may want to consider one that'll mix well with the rest of your wardrobe; studded satchels and hard clutches are good options that'll complement your outfit in a chic, sophisticated way. When it comes to shoes, an updated classic is also a wise buy; loafers, pumps and booties in neutral colors with stud embellishment can be your best bet, lasting through the fall and holiday seasons.
And finally, keep jewelry simple. The studs are the statement, so keep the outfit and the base of the piece understated- plain bangles with studded detail, small stud earrings, or a leather-studded wrap around your wrist is all you need to show off your inner rockstar.
Studded Awtry Bag $50, AldoShoes.com
Raquel k couture Studded Handbag #39.99, Anniesez.com
Assorted Studded Jewelry $12 & up, UrbanOutfitters.com
Pyramid Stud Pack; Spike Bangle $18-$20, Topshop.com
Golden Sun Bracelet;MFP Spike Bracelet $14-$48, Urbanoutfitters.com
Stud Belt; Stud Clutch; Beige Studded Pump $12.95 $29.95, Hm.com
Even if glitz and glam isn't your thing, there's still a stud out there for you. For a more low-key look, pick out pieces that are low-contrast (for example, grey studs on a grey top or gold studs on a camel cardigan). You can also find cozy, draped items in shades of blush, peach and rose with stud details that'll feel light and ladylike with just the right amount of edge (Rock & Republic Embellished Open-Front Jacket $80, Kohls.com; Pencil Skirt $24.95, Hm.com).