It’s almost time to kiss the sweet breezes of summer goodbye, which is always a bit of a bummer. But the good news is, fall is arguably the most fab of seasons in the fashion world, from September covers to spring runway showsâ€”and you can’t help but get excited. This fall, start the season off right by channeling a bit of tough girl edge in a rock-inspired ensemble. These days, women across the globe are revisiting music icons like Madonna And Cyndi Lauper to achieve that perfect bad girl style. And while a recording contract isn’t needed, to â€œrockâ€ this particular look, a serious dose of attitude is.
The first piece any naughty but nice girl should invest in is a solid leather jacket. The bread and butter of any hot rock chick, the leather jacket announces a woman’s presence as soon as she walks into a room. Classic wide lapels with studded hardware lend an extra dose of edge to a sexy black mini, like Blumarine‘s runway ensemble. And thrown over a lighter weight outfit, like Rebecca Minkoff‘s version, the luxe leather anchors down a girlier look and lets them know you’re may be some sugar, but you’re much more spice.
They’re not for the faint of heart, but sizzling lame leggings add a serious punch of panache to any femme fatale outfit. Leave them begging for more in these skintight showstoppers as every movement flashes a burst of shimmering gold, in the case of Balmain, or fiery red, like these Alice + Olivia‘s. But with such an overt statement piece, it isn’t hard to see that lame leggings should be pared with much plain pieces, like a simple tee or tunic, in order to let the full wattage shine.
Though a leather jacket and lame leggings project the perfect dose of devil may care attitude, simpler pieces like a denim vest can equally channel that 80s throwback look, without being too over the top. A vintage-looking cropped denim vest is immediately revamped when paired with the layering of a more modern ensemble. Twenty8twelve nails the look with a two-toned minidress, sheer tights and booties tucked underneath a light wash denim vest. Juicy Couture‘s version also plays with yesterday and today as the chunky vest contrasts against the very current trend of sheer top with high shoulders. Both looks result in the perfect blend of modern urbanite and retro rocker.
If you were to channel all the vamp and sex appeal of your bad girl attitude into one garment, it would have to be a leopard print dress. Cut into a more conservative silhouette, this particular type of dress defines understated sexiness without being too showy or crude. Dolce & Gabbana chose a ladylike length and a peek-a-boo neckline to stalk down its runway in a feline fashion (why do you think its called the catwalk?) while Roberto Cavalli keeps up the vintage theme with a higher neckline and nipped in waist ala all the divas of Dynasty. Like the other pieces in this conglomerate of rocker chic, the leopard-print dress commands attention to the wearer. And, like every one of these pieces, all it requires is a pair of killer heels and some serious confidenceâ€”the rest, it does on its own.
1. Leather Jackets
â€¨Runway: Blumarine RTW Fall 2010Â â€¨
Real Way: Rebecca Minkoff Lindbergh Perforated Leather Jacket now $556.50
2. Lame Leggingsâ€¨
Runway: Balmain RTW Fall 2010Â
â€¨Real Way: Alice + Olivia Sequined Mesh Leggings $200
3. Denim Vestâ€¨
Runway: Twenty8twelve RTW Fall 2010Â â€¨
Real Way: Juicy Couture Shrunken Denim Vest $198
4. Leopard Print Dress
â€¨Runway: Dolce & Gabbana RTW Fall 2010Â
â€¨Real Way: Roberto Cavalli Leopard-print Silk-Georgette Dress $2370
Runway Photos: NYMag.com
Image Layout Laura Funk