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Tuesday, May 19th 2009

pretty tough

Pretty touch

It’s irrepressible: Pretty things magnetically gravitate toward tough, disheveled counterparts. Leather and lace. Michelle Obama’s enchantment with the anarchist stylings of TOM BINNS. Why so many stunning girls (ahem, Agyness Deyn) end up dating scruffy members of the Strokes. Courting PBFs (potential boyfriends) and designs from the wrong side of the tracks feels a bit scandalous, but a whole lotta fun. Here’s how to roughhouse your ruffles and add a biker babe mentality to floaty chiffon. 

First, temper your feminine wiles with a black leather moto jacket. I admit, at first I was skeptical of the motorcycle jackets trend. Some outerwear looks you outgrow (I’m looking at you, metallic puffer), and this piece requires a substantial investment. But when you think about it, there really is no other jacket that has withstood the cool test like this classic. It was a rebel’s armor back in the age of Elvis, and it’s still a rock club staple today.

When it comes to choosing a dress hue, take your cue from the Elizabeth and James color palette: muted blue-greys, celadon, pale blushes. One-shoulder dresses are an alluring option, as is the ivory chiffon in this Jill Stuart fantasy frock. Personally, I can’t get enough of this E&J streetwise ballerina tutu loaded with heavy metal from DANNIJO and Giles & Brother.

The pièce de résistance? Shoes, of course. Dirty motorcycle boots with a thigh-grazing, girly skirt are sure to rev more than a few engines. True outlaws will want to check out the Pour La Victoire Paige Motorcycle Sandals. Pair them with a fairytale dress, and you’re instantly atop the Most Wanted list.

--Suzanne

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