It’s no surprise that Feminine Edge is a growing trend as women are taking more leadership roles in society. As a Hustler/Giver/Wild Card (My life face. Don’t know your’s? Click here to find it.), I want to keep my edgy style but also remain approachable and soft. I want my kids to feel comfortable snuggling me but know Mommy has a certain identity partly represented by my sense of style. In the workplace or school, it’s important to be taken seriously but at the same time be able to celebrate your femininity instead of feeling like you have to hide it.
Keep in mind that edgy doesn’t necessarily mean rock and gothy. It’s not just about spikes and grommets but rather how you put a look together. When trying to achieve this, I usually follow four guidelines:
- Color and Pattern
- Opposites Attract
- The Magic of Moto
- Successories and Shoe
- COLOR AND PATTERN
The color of a garment can greatly impact the feel of a a look. For instance, let’s take the tutu. Arguably one of the girliest frocks a female can wear. After all, it comes straight from the stage of ballet! In it’s signature pink, it’s quite soft but change it to black and it’s a whole new dance! Both of these women look feminine but one looks slightly more like a sugar plum fairy while the other looks like she might prefer a black swan.
Pattern is another thing to consider in your look. For example, you get a totally different vibe from someone wearing polka-dots vs. leopard print like these girl bosses below.
2. OPPOSITES ATTRACT
As mentioned above, your look doesn’t have to be all spikes and grommets. It’s not punk. The look I’m wearing is edgy because of the unexpected mix of the bold black lines and a soft, feminine floral print topped off by a black, satin bow. To read more about mixing patterns, read my previous post Pattern Play for some great tips! An easy way to add instant “shock and awe” to your look is to pair uncommon textures together like leather with velvet, knits and lace. The more you can pair together in one look, the better! The first girl below has a bohemian take that I absolutely love! You wouldn’t necessarily think that edgy and bohemian can co-exist but they absolutely can! Someone who is very good at doing this is one of my favorite style icons, Steven Tyler!
I’ve linked several similar pieces below. I tried to find pieces in a variety of price ranges.
3. THE MAGIC OF MOTO
One of the easiest ways to incorporate edge into your look is to add a moto-jacket, vest or blazer like the one I’m wearing above. Leather is the obvious choice but you can also go with knits and wovens and all in a range of colors. Bonus points for extra zippers!
Check out similar pieces I found just for you!
4. SUCCESSORIES AND SHOES
The final way you can really take your look to the next level is by adding accessories or as we like to call them in the biz “successories” and shoes. Remember once again that opposites attract and pattern and color can totally change the vibe of a look. Pair a black choker with a ruffled top or wear a gold bracelet in the shape of a snake. Mix your metals. The rule of not wearing gold with silver does not apply anymore! Pair an unexpected shoe with a skirt like above or add a leather belt to a gown. Buck the system…you’re edgy.
I found this skirt a few years ago in a small shop in Brooklyn but I’ve linked a few similar as well as my shoes below.