Today, we are at the peak of fast fashion, and an item that was all the rage a week ago might be “so last month” now. With so many trends to follow and rules to oblige to, our clothes can so often seem dull and boring. But if you want to make your look more edgy, there's no need for a full new wardrobe. Follow these tips and find out exactly how you can do it.
An edgy look is all about stepping out of conventional molds and really creating something unique and head-turning. The easiest way to do that is to miss-match your clothes. Yes, you read that right. Wear a gala skirt with a ripped band T-shirt and a pair of wedges for a brunch date. Or, wear your beautiful evening gown to a special occasion, but add a leather or oversized denim jacket over it.
Let’s face it - distressed pieces of clothing look cool. It's grunge, punk and very fashion-forward. If you are as crazy about pre-ripped clothes as everyone else is, you don’t have to spend any money on them – you can make your own! Distressing your old jeans, shirts, jackets and shoes is not only a great way to save money, but it also gives you the opportunity to completely adapt the look to your own liking.
There is a strong connection between leather and the edgy look. A good pair of leather pants or leggings will last you a long time, so they are an excellent investment. Leather bottoms are so versatile that you can wear them with almost anything and to any occasion. Pair them with a ripped shirt and you're ready for a Kiss concert, or top them with a silky, blush rose blouse and you are all set for a date night. Other leather items you might want to consider are a jacket and a backpack, because they are also versatile and can be incorporated into any look. If you don't want to splurge on real leather, or want to stay cruelty-free, there are pleather alternatives for all of these and you can even take dark jeans and wax them to achieve a similar effect.
Anything with a rough, unfinished, distressed or asymmetric edge will instantly give your outfit a more edgy look. This includes everything from asymmetric hemlines, fringe and braids to distressed cuffs on your jeans. You can buy statement pieces with these features that you can match with your clothing, or you can DIY them from start to finish by cutting off hems, sewing on the fringe or sanding your jeans.
Really, any piece of clothing can become edgy with the right accessories. If you don't want to go full-out every day, but you still want to incorporate some alternative fashion in your outfit, you can do it by simply wearing a choker, sewing a patch onto your bag or wearing a metal ring set full of statement pieces. These are the small things that will add up to the entire look. You can also edge it up with your makeup, by using a darker shade of lipstick or nail polish, or creating a more dramatic wing with your eyeliner.
Remember that no outfit is complete without a personality to go with it, so if you're gonna be edgy, fully embrace it and it will make you look so much better. At the end of the day, it's not about the clothes on our bodies, but how we wear them.