Rebel Yell: 4 Tips To Trick Out Your Inner Punk-Rocker

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture's tartan and studs

If we learned anything from the recent MET gala, “punk” is seriously on trend for 2013, and the A-lister’s in attendance weren’t shy about their enthusiasm for dressing the part. From Madonna’s tartan and ripped-fishnet stocking look, to Sarah Jessica Parker’s mohawk headpiece, the stars came out in punk-attired droves to honor this year’s exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. But if you’ve been lamenting a full Sid-n-Nancy re-do, you needn’t. “Punk is not so much about the look, it’s about the personality,” said Met ball chair Riccardo Tisci, which means a simple smattering of punk-inspired embellishments and accessories will do wonders towards embracing the punk trend. Here are a few tips to tastefully trick yourself out in punk-ish appeal.


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1. Safety chic: Old-school punk-rockers rebelled against the establishment by piercing their bodies with safety pins, but you needn’t go quite so hard-core. Safety pin jewelry and accessories, embellished with crystals and made of silver and gold covers the posh and punk bases, and are a great way to dismiss the “establishment” without loosing your elegant appeal.

2. Sexy Studs and Spikes: An unlikely smattering of studs and spikes across your summer sandal or adorning your cocktail clutch is a simple but oh-so-effective nod to your anarchy side.


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3. Amazing Mesh: Miley made a serious statement in a floor-length mesh gown, but you needn’t go that far. A simple mesh tee (you know that one that nearly every designer has tried their hand at) is a perfect punk statement piece to keep you on-trend.


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4. Moto Madness: You needn’t straddle a bike to rock the motorcycle jacket trend. Slip on your own version of the rebellious spirit with a moto-adorned in the feminine pastel hues that are so hot for spring, or a punk-inspired tartan.


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