Ah summer, the days are longer, the sun is hotter, and the pretty flora gives us an urge to wear pastels like it’s our job. But wait — what about our love for punk-inspired studs, dark shades and layering? Does it have to go the way of winter when warmer weather comes calling? Of course not. Whether you like a subtle studded touch or go for hardcore hardware, check out the pieces below to keep your edgy-cool vibe going as strong as an August heat wave.
I like this mini for a couple of reasons. First, the dark color with a splash of gray is year-round chic. Second, the shape and ruching is ultra flattering. It shows your outline while providing comfortable movement, a big must have when you're on your feet in the heat.
$60 at The Out Net.
If you're not keen on an entire wardrobe of edgy looks, this is the only thing you need to add a punk statement to any look. If you are into more of the harder stuff, this will be a standout addition to your collection of cool.
$69 at Shopbop.
Love these sandals for being obvious without being gaudy, for making a statement without overwhelming. They would be from the king of American Sportswear, Michael Kors. Wear with all of your basics for upscale edge.
$185 at Cusp.
Full Metal Sleeves
In the height of summer, you want to wear as little as possible, we know. This tee manages to take the place of more stifling attire and still feel like it's the top of an outfit. Thank the studded sleeves.
$79 at Yoox.
This is the exact type of slouchy tank the cool girls and models off duty swear by. Wear it on its own, buy a few and layer them together, put a vest on top, a blazer or anything else you please. Tuck in the front, throw on a pendant necklace. Done.
$24 at Need Supply Co.
There's my love of summer leather shining through again. These leather shorts would be amazing with heels, flats or sneakers. Can't go wrong with that kind of versatility.
$118 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Even edgy girls need a pattern to mix it up. Rather than a standby floral try something like this etched design. It's lightweight for summer and the slouchy pockets on the side keep it casual.
$24.99 at Urban Outfitters.
The cut-outs and sheer styling, as well as faux studs make this a must-have. It can be worn by the daring with boyshorts and a bra, over leggings, tucked into a skirt or as a coverup at the beach.
$36 at Karmaloop.
These flats have style, sophistication, ancient Greek appeal and cool squared-off studs you don't see every day. They'll be in your shoe wardrobe for some time to come.
$36 at JCPenney.