Somewhere between Givenchy's mega studded leather jackets and Burberry's studded trenches, we found ourselves growing tired of the prickly, pokey, as-friendly-as-a-porcupine hardware. Blame it on Lady Gaga, Ke$ha — whoever — but suddenly, those pyramid-shaped, '80s-punk studs seemed about as sophisticated as Hot Topic's sale section.
So, you may be thinking "too soon!" when it comes to a stud resurgence, but rest assured, this fall's version is way prettier, much more sophisticated, and definitely far gentler on your knits (we can't bear the thought of losing another sweater to an overly aggressive metal-tinged bag).
With miniature, rounded or square nailheads splashed across bags, shoes, and accessories like stars in a night sky, these studs are more like frosting than battle armor. Behold, the kinder, gentler cool-girl embellishment.
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Jason Wu Studded Slingback Platform, $1,175, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Alaia Bag, $1,576.99, available at Colette.
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Alexander McQueen Black Studded Leather Clutch Limited Edition for Montaigne Market, $1,465, available at Montaigne Market.
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Jeffrey Campbell Sneaker, $139.95, available at Free People.
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Zara Studded Portfolio, $129, available at Zara.