I think that we can all agree that this year’s Met Gala showcased some particularly interesting looks. The theme was punk, which was, of course, fitting. Fashion loves a bit of an edge. The trouble with punk, however, is that it is really only flattering when we’re young. Trust me. Those gauges and that full back tattoo of an eagle do not age well.

But when you look at our Fashionista this week, punk is the furthest thing from your mind. You might think, “Wow, her hair is so cute!” or, “That’s an awesome print.” But the best part is when you look down and are pleasantly surprised to see that she’s wearing shoes that are both fashion forward AND walkable.That is how you successfully pull off edgy accessories: pair with contrasting pieces.

You can add studs to anything: a pair of old denim cut-offs, the collar on your favorite button-down, an old backpack, etc. These relatively inexpensive gold ones from Etsy are super fun, and they also come in black, bronze and silver. For a classic look with a bit of punch, pair a sheer top with this pair of Express shorts and some hipster cult-classic Jeffrey Campbell platforms. If you’re really daring, this ASOS headband will do the talking for you, as it’s an instant conversation starter and perfect for parties. Pair combat boots with your sweetest date night sundress. Try a little more black eyeliner than usual, but make sure to pair with an A-line skirt.

It is relatively easy to make punk look expensive and chic, black lipstick not included.

Spotted: Giambattista Valli’s fall 2013 couture collection uses edgy accessories to update feminine silhouettes.

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