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Wednesday, August 19th 2009

Let Your Inner Rock Chick Out

Channeling bad-boy rockers of the ’70s with a dash of ’50s greasers, the rocker trend is the epitome of edge. Prominent on runways like Jill Stuart, Alexander Wang, and William Rast (check out our Fashion Week recap for looks), it’s about a rock-star way of life, the glory days of CBGB, the move from ultra-lounges to dive bars, the dirt under chipped manicures. It’s a little dingy, a little greasy, every array of cool, and best of all, it fits the season to a T.

How to get the look? Anything of the leather or faux fur variety is in, and the palette comes in shades of black, black, and more black. The hardware is heavy: think big buckles, bigger studs, and spiked heels to match bristled jewels. And when it comes to the legs, keep ’em skinny—leggings, skinny jeans, tights—this trend shows off sexy stems.

But, warns Shopbop Fashion Director Kate, “if you’re going to include an avant-garde rock ‘n’ roll piece in your outfit, tone down the rest.” Try layering a stretched-out tee over sequined leggings. Or give Haute Hippie’s feather vest center stage, pairing it with denim cutoffs and of-the-moment over-the-knee boots (so modern-day Penny Lane).

And if your inner rock chick is still a little shy, accessorize your way to the edge of stardom with layers of heavy chain necklaces and studded bangles. This is one area where moderation is not key. Kate says, “Don't be conservative with jewelry, especially silver—pile on the rings and bracelets.” And the one must-have in this trend? “Invest in combat boots,” says Kate. “They’ll add instant edge to any look.”

--Amie

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