Hard-Wear made easy…

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What’s better than a delictable muffin on a glorious sunday morning, a muffin with a mimosa you ask?! Au contraire, the correct answer is a muffin completely adorned with studs, a stud muffin. Better luck next time. 

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This edgy detail is on the scene in a big way. Making statements on everything from handbags to denim and everywhere in between. All sorts of hard wear and facets are putting the extra effort into otherwise mediocre ensembles so that you don’t have to! Studs have been around for a few seasons but it was the collection that Christophe Decarnin designed for Balmain Spring 2009 that set the tone for a season of rock star chic. The collection oozed with the “right kind” of 80’s inspiration and a whole lot of look at me flare. Below are some of the best looks from the runway, beware style and price are not for the weary.

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I highly doubt it, but if by any chance you missed the pile of studs, stones and shine south of the models’ calfs, you need to get with it, but also understand that these shoes were designed exclusively for this collection by one of the many fashion loves of my life, famed shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti. They are very hard to find, and if you happen to stumble upon a pair … the over $2,000 price tag might leave a bad taste in your mouth! As much as I love them, I prefer to not get evicted- enter Jeffrey Campbell. JC is amazing! Making shoes for the fashion girls, who’s finances aren’t as developed as their keen eye for fashion.

Below is the original by Giuseppe Zanotti, also seen on Rihanna.

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Here is the Jeffrey Campbell interpretation and it’s not only amazingly affordable, there is a good chance you can catch me wearing them to  a spin class they are so comfortable.

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Accessories are benefitting the most in the stud department. They are the easiest way to take a boring outfit and give it some instant character. If you are familiar with the movie “Sex in the City” you can recall a certain studded belt that earned a best supporting accessory nod for it’s undeniable style role. 

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This embellished feature is not just for the ladies, way back when, the boys took the stud trend and ran with it:

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Thank god they stopped. 


Here a few great studded accessories that are hand picked for the boys so they don’t forget it’s only an accent piece, not a costume. The easiest and most worthwhile piece is the belt. A basic tee and some tattered denim is the perfect canvas for some studded flair. The following are from Diesel, they had a great selection.

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46123802ud_me3_1The black on black is a subtle yet sophisticated way to go forward with this trend.


Armani Exchange had a couple of great cuffs for the guys as well. They add instant rocker attitude so please wear with caution.

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Okay back to our regularly scheduled programming, a few other great studded numbers for the ladies!

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This Rebecca Minkoff Supernova Stud Devote Hobo bag is perfection. The contrast of leather and embellishment is enough to turn heads while working with everything in your closet. You can also find this at www.shopbop.com

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If you need some to help you justify a purchase such as the Supernova Stud Devote Hobo, eh hem, you’ve come to the right place 😉

Pictured below is Mary-Kate Olsen wearing a black leather bag lined with gold bullet-like studs from Alexander Wang’s Collection that won’t even be out until the fall! If you decide to invest in a bag you need not worry if it will be dated when the seasons change, you’ll still have plenty of time to experience your rock star status.

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Do It Yourself!!!

I’m a huge fan of remixing the wardrobe. If you have a pair of Converse, a canvas bag, a light weight denim jacket etc, give it a new lease on life. You can purchase bags of pyramid studs, nail head studs and a lot of other great styles from trimming stores. One of the best and most diverse that I shop at is M&J Trimming in the garment district. Lucky for you they are on line too, www.mjtrim.com.

I have seen a couple people who have done this to their Converse and it looks AMAZING, it just takes a lot of time and accuracy. There is a reason why retailers are charging over $500 for a pair of these sick kicks.

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Hopefully you can work some of these tips and tricks in to your wardrobe, to keep current for spring. Let me know if you try any of the DIY, send it to Tiffany@TiffanyReo.com.

Ciao for now,

Tiffany

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