Chic Punk Pieces That'll Look Great On Everyone (We Promise!)

Studs, leather, rips, gratuitous zippers — let's face it, punk can be a whole lot of look. And while few of us are ready (and willing) to shave our eyebrows, clip our bangs, and forgo sunlight to achieve that perfect Lisbeth Salander look, that doesn't mean we have to completely shy away from hard(er)core pieces. When paired up properly, combat boots, spiky cuffs, printed jeans, and leather jackets can add the perfect, unexpected touch to every wardrobe, whether you're rocking the tomboy look or you're the girliest girl alive. To prove our point, we've rounded up 13 of the chicest punk-inspired pieces you'll be dying to add to your outfits. Don't worry — to ensure you get tons of milage out of your new investments we've included a few style tips to go along with each item. As for baby-bangs and tattoos, we're going to file those under "totally optional."
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To soften the look of this studded bustier, wear it with a chic high-waisted pencil skirt or some high-waisted trousers. Throw on a blazer and a swipe of bright lipstick, and you're all set.

Topshop Black Faux Leather Studded Bralet, $80, available at Topshop.

Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-9555.
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Don't be intimidated by this metallic belt — you can wear it with practically every outfit. Use it to cinch in a slouchy sweater or your pretty new party dresses you got for the holidays. You can also pair it with a simple jeans-and-T-shirt combo for a little added shine.

Armani Exchange Knot Belt, $19, available at Armani Exchange.

Armani Exchange, 568 Broadway # B (between Prince and Houston streets); 212-431-6000.
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Need to inject life into your LBD? This blindingly bright Tom Binns choker is the perfect unexpected pop you need. Trust us, your girlfriends will do a double-take on your next night out — and start bugging you to spill where you picked it up.

Tom Binns Electro Clash Choker, $415, available at Kirna Zabete.

Kirna Zabete, 96 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-941-9656.
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We're sure your grandma/sister/best friend spent a long time knitting you those mittens, but it's time for something a little more grown up. The bright red leather and open back make these gloves totally badass, while the quilting adds sophistication and timelessness. Wear them with a simple wool coat in black or winter white for a high-end look with that extra little punch.

Rag & Bone Quilted Driving Gloves, $169, available at Barney's.

Barney's New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at East 61st Street); 212-826-8900.
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Okay, we understand that these might not be for the faint of heart, but don't be alarmed: You can tame these beauties with a few staple pieces you already own. A sexy pair of pumps, a slouchy tee (sans print), and a cropped blazer will let the pants take all the glory while balancing out all of their pizzazz.

McQ Graffiti Print Ankle Jean, $415, available at Shopbop.
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Be still our hearts. We know this one is a budget buster, but a girl can dream, right? Trust us, if we owned this clutch, we'd take it everywhere and wear it with everything. We think the studded stunner would look especially cute worn with a short, lace dress and some sparkly accessories you might have picked up for New Years'.

Bottega Veneta Waxy Knot Studded Clutch, $1,650, available at Barney's.

Barney's New York, 660 Madison Avenue (at East 61st Street); 212-826-8900.
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Leather shorts have been around for a few seasons already, but we're still loving them no matter what the temperature is. Wear with black, opaque stockings, some killer boots, and a chunky knit sweater to show Mother Nature who's really badass this season.

Twenty8Twelve Ebony Leahter Shorts, $295, available at Stylebop.
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Could the striking bird design on this slouchy tee be any cooler? Tone it down with some bright skinny jeans and a pair of well-worn kicks, or turn it up with a leather jacket, some black, waxed-cotton pants, and a pair of killer biker boots.

AllSaints Theron Top, $90, available at AllSaints.

AllSaints, 512 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 646-862-1832.
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These cute (and cheap!) little studs are perfect for the punk novice. We love the idea of these peeking out behind some long locks, but we also think they'd look great with a messy fishtail braid.

Pirate Romance Bomber Stud Earrings, $35, available at Nasty Gal.
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This skirt looks innocent enough, right? Up the badass factor by wearing it with chunky black boots with a serious heel, a lacy black top, and a statement necklace that packs a punch...may we suggest the Tom Binns stunner from slide #3?

Adam Plaid Wool Pencil Skirt, $130, available at Adam.

Adam, 678 Hudson Street (between West 13th and 14th streets); 212-229-2838.
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Cuffs like this one can be tricky, because the wrong outfit could make you look like a teen who just stepped out of Hot Topic. Wear it with your favorite blousy going-out top, a slick pencil skirt, and some cute suede booties for a look with a little edge that doesn't go too overboard.

Forever21 Studded Panel Bracelet, $12.80, available at Forever21.

Forever21, 50 W 34th St # 160 (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-564-2346.
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For those of you who already love to incorporate a little (or a lot of) edge into your wardrobe, these are for you. The studs on the back of these booties are more than enough for the rest of your outfit, so don't go overboard accessorizing. Keep it simple with a pair of grey jeans or a cute floral or striped skirt for some contrast.

Sam Edelman Luke Ankle Boot, $250, available at Free People.

Free People, 79 5th Avenue (at West 16th Street); 212-647-1293.
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We love the idea of wearing a tough-as-nails piece like this vest with something super-flowery. Try it with a chambray shirt, a floral midi skirt, and a cashmere sweater for a super-simple winter look that looks way expensive. Come spring, mix it in with a sleeveless floral maxi dress and a pair to maximize your investment.

Topshop Sleeveless PU Biker Jacket, $84, available at Topshop.

Topshop, 478 Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-966-9555.

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