We’re all unique in our own way, whether it’s our personality, our talents, our personal taste, or our fashion sense. It’s important to celebrate our uniqueness instead of trying to be someone we aren’t. If you enjoy the fact that your interests and your personality are different, showcasing your uniqueness can make you look beautiful, both on the inside and outside. But being unique doesn’t have to mean being out-of-style. These days, being unique is the style. So many fashion designers and celebrities are creating trends simply by wearing what they enjoy, regardless of whether other people are doing it or whether it “matches.” And that sense of confidence and uniqueness never goes out of style. You should embrace your edgy side in all that you do. But if you could use a little help playing the part, reinventing your wardrobe can certainly help. From basics like tank tops to chunky accessories, here are 10 must-have items for an edgy style.
There’s something tough-looking about the color black. And black tank tops have a way of looking edgy without needing any help. Black looks great on everyone and matches practically anything too, so it’s certainly a wardrobe staple. A black women’s tank top lets you show off your arms. It also comes in a variety of styles, including V-neck, crew neck, relaxed fitting, and form-fitting. Likely the edgiest type of black tank top is the one you got from your favorite rock concert or one that has a unique design. Black tank tops also look great under an edgy flannel shirt and with shredded denim shorts.
Denim shorts are unique because they tend to go in and out of style. But when they are in style, they stick around for quite a while. It isn’t the shorts themselves that go out of style, either. Instead, it’s the way we wear them. The secret to keeping denim women’s shorts fashionable is wearing them in a way that’s trending. For example, high-waisted jeans are back in style, so if you want to look edgy in denim shorts, follow the jeans example and wear high-waisted denim shorts. Additionally, ripped and shredded denim is in style as well, so if edgy style is what you’re going for, embrace that trend. What you wear with them matters too, of course. So pair them with that black tank top or anything else on this list.
We tend to wear our favorite or best women’s jeans over and over, hoping nobody will notice. There are, however, ways to make it less obvious that you’ve been wearing the same jeans for days. One way is to draw attention to something else. What better way to do that than to add some accessories like a fanny pack, satchel, or scarf? Or you can add some embellishments to your favorite jeans or leggings. Consider patches or metallic pieces that you can snap on or sew on. Otherwise, since jeans and leggings tend to act like a blank canvas, wear them with clothing that is more obviously edgy. Keep reading for some great suggestions.
A leather jacket isn’t your average go-to winter coat or jacket that’s meant to keep you warm. A leather jacket is meant more than anything to make you look edgy and stylish. This is especially true with the moto jacket, which is typically open in the front and has a V-neck. That’s not to say that a leather moto jacket can’t keep you warm during spring and autumn weather. It’s just that the moto jacket is more fashion than function. And a glossy leather moto jacket is certainly the face of “edgy.” Try experimenting with colors as well. Colors other than black or brown show that you’re unique, which in turn is edgy.
Being edgy does not have to mean wearing uncomfortable shoes. It means going against the status quo and wearing whatever shoes you want. Do you want to wear sneakers with your cotton sundress? Go for it. Want to wear hiking boots or rain boots with your shorts or a skirt? Why not? Attitude is everything, after all, and sometimes it’s all in the way you wear not only your clothes but also your confidence. And you’ll certainly be more confident when you can walk around freely and comfortably. Sneakers are popular choices for a variety of outfits, and more styles are on the market today than ever. Some sneakers even look dressier than traditional dress shoes! So ditch the heels if you don’t think they’re comfy, and instead race for a comfy pair of shoes to show your edgy style.
Wearing funky socks or tights is a fun way to showcase your personality. Whether someone sees it as edgy is in the eye of the beholder, but there are certain ways to wear them that certainly put the “e” in edgy. For example, fishnet tights or patterned tights, even if just a few inches are showing, can certainly be edgy. This is especially true when worn with something you might not typically wear tights with, like shorts. Additionally, wearing edgy style tights with something that’s at the opposite of the “edgy” spectrum, like a flowered sundress, can be eye-catching. As for socks, so many are being sold these days. You can even get your face printed on them! Regardless, unique socks are great for showing your edgy side because you can wear them under work pants or boots without anyone knowing but yourself.
Although the two are completely different, belts and corsets draw attention to the midline. Therefore, wearing one will transform an outfit in some way. But since edgy is what we’re going for here, consider something like black leather with metal embellishments for your corset or belt. A corset with metal hooks is certainly edgy. A thick black belt can also do the trick. If you have a favorite tunic and leggings as your go-to outfit, consider making it edgier by adding a corset or belt over it to highlight your figure.
Sometimes what you wear to be edgy is all in the attitude. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is either. You can feel edgy and want to look the part while you’re running errands, going out for brunch, or simply reading a book in the back yard. The cool thing about sunglasses these days is that none are really out of style. In fact, the more outrageous, the better. So if you find a pair of sunglasses you love, go ahead and rock them as only you can.
Jewelry is great because it doesn’t take much of an investment to completely transform an outfit. All it takes is wearing a particular pair of earrings, necklace, bracelet, or combination of the three. Don’t assume it all has to be diamonds, platinum, and gold either. Plenty of jewelry pieces are super-affordable and attractive. Some are edgier than others, so if that’s what you’re going for, remember big and bold is better when you are looking for a single statement piece. Alternatively, layers of bangles or necklaces never hurt. Whether you go with one single statement piece or you layer your pieces, try rummaging through your jewelry box when you want to add some edginess to your wardrobe. You may find edgy items you had completely forgotten you had.
No matter what the season, a signature hat can certainly add some style, as well as a bit of edginess, to any ensemble. Unisex hats like beanies certainly do the trick. Wearing a beanie shows you’re edgy because it implies that you’re just trying to be yourself, and you get the benefit of not having to style your hair underneath it either. If you’re more of a traditionalist, wide-brimmed hats are coming back into style, as are bucket hats. Again, there aren’t too many rules regarding what you wear on your head, but if edgy is what you’re going for, remember that the more unique, the better. For example, if you like a bucket hat, do it justice by wearing one as they did in the ‘20s and ‘30s, with floral embellishments. For the wide-brimmed hat, rock it with some bell-bottoms for that ultimate hippy look. You do you!
If you still need inspiration for adding a bit of edge to your wardrobe, try looking online or through fashion magazines. Or simply get creative and experiment on your own. Add some edgy items to your wardrobe from Lands' End (www.landsend.com) today.