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Closet Makeovers Series: Edgy Style Basics


Edgy Style

I was overwhelmed with all of the feedback about the tough/edgy girl in the comments section of Announcing: The Closet Makeovers Series. I was so interested to see all of the different styles, but this one really stands out to me a lot.

So here are the basic pieces you need if you want to create an edgy style in your wardrobe. Recall that these are the basics to build on. I want you to think of them more abstractly and less literally. Fashion is supposed to inspire, there are no rules!

Closet Essentials for the Edgy Style


I once again wanted to talk about the skinny jean because I think they are most widely associated with the edgy vibe. The jeans below are a bit different from the ones that I talked about in the feminine basics article because I wanted to find some that were a bit more interesting for those of you that like to make a statement with jeans.

Edgy Jeans

Product Information from left: Purple jeans- Pacsun, Zipper embellished jeans-, distressed jeans-, bleached jeans- Pacsun.

Note: In a comment last week, one girl said that she gets many of her skinny jeans at Pacsun. After taking a look, I completely agree – their skinnies are fabulous! Great suggestion!

The Perfect Little Black Dress:

I thought of this ever-so-classy essential for the edgy girls because many of you expressed your love for the color black. I wanted to show you some dresses that would be great from day to day, as well as some that would really make a statement for a night out.


Product Information: The first and second dresses are from Forever 21 and I chose them for more of a day to day feel. They’re super flattering because they nip you in at the waist to accentuate curves! Throw these on with a great pair of tights and some studded heels to take them to evening.

The last two dresses are a bit more expensive and I picked them as options for a special occasion. The first is from The second one would work well for something like prom or a sorority formal – it’s from and I think it’s a perfectly updated version of the LBD.

Leggings and tights:

Leggings are also something I think that every college girl should consider. Personally, I’m a fan of them for game days worn with a jersey, but there are tons of other ways to wear them. Liza wrote an entire article on how to wear leggings that is definitely worth checking out!

The leggings below are a step up from you basic black, and they have some fun tough-girl touches to them.

The tights are also a step away from your basic black. The world of tights is vast and it can keep your legs warm on a cold fall day.

tights and leggings

Product Information: Studded leggings- American Eagle, Zippered leggings- Urban Outfitters, Acid Wash leggings-, Berry tights-, Mustard tights-, Fishnets- tilly’


I love, love, love this trend. I have been seeing it all over the place and I love the idea of using a zipper as a detail. Here are some different pieces with bold zippers that you can pick and chose from, depending on your style!


Product Information: Top- The Buckle, Ring and Shoes- Forever 21, Skirt- Charlotte Russe, Shoes-

Leather Jackets:

This is your splurge item. Like I said last week, leather (or faux leather, if you’re an animal lover) is here to stay and worth considering as your big purchase for the year. If you are looking for a faux leather, I threw some cheaper alternatives in here as well. With jackets, in general, cut is everything and these all have different cuts for you to chose from!

leather jackets

Product Information: (Left to right) Black-, Brown-, Caramel-, red- Forever 21.


It is getting cold outside, and what better way to keep warm than with a fabulous pair of boots?

Here are some great boots for the tough girl in all of us. I am really into the motorcycles boots at the moment, but you can pick and choose which ones you like! I made sure that I gave you variety here too, because I hate it when I buy a pair of boots and I come home and realize I have another pair that’s the same height and style. Frustrating!


Product Information: Over-the-knee boots- Charlotte Russe, Grey heeled boots and red boots-, Black buckled boots- Forever 21, Purple boots-, Mustard boots-

Studded accessories:

Not into the 100% full-on tough girl look? Here are some steals to just give off just a little of that vibe – pair them with a more demure outfit for a look that will be edgy, but not over-the-top.

Studded accessories

Product information: Studded bracelets- nordstrom, Clutch- misselfridge, Belt- Forever 21, Square earrings-, Headband-, Heels- Charlotte Russe.

Here’s what to expect next week:

Instead of answering your edgy girl questions, I am actually going to continue with basics, but from one of my favorite style muses that many of you talked about: the lovely Kate Moss. We’ll go over the basics from her wardrobe and how to apply them to yours!

What do you think?

Do you have an edgy sense of style? What are your favorite edgy accessories? What is your favorite way to wear leggings? Who or what inspires your style?

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17 Responses to “Closet Makeovers Series: Edgy Style Basics”

  1. 1
    October 24th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Meggy, I love this series so much! It really makes me think about my style and commit to growing my repertoire and branching out a little! This post in particular was perfect for me because I am a very demure dresser, I don’t think my style could ever be described as ‘edgy’! I am really into delicate floral prints, wool skirts, button down cardigans, dainty ballet flats, pea coats, hair ribbons, all that jazz…but I have been trying to edge out my look some more and make it more interesting and this definitely helps! I have been trying the idea of shin height motorcycle/biker boots with flowery dresses and I think it’s a good combination of girly and feminine with substance.
    I like your zipper suggestions especially. Those flats are awesome! The black dresses are a nice compromise too. So while I don’t think I’ll ever be full-on, out there rocker girl, I now know how I can make my look a little more contemporary and spunky. Thank you Meggy!

  2. 2
    October 24th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Amazing! I’m love too with the zipper trend! I was particulary in love with that top :D
    Same as @Luisa I’m kind of a femenine chic, but I also try to add some blunt details, like zippers, and studded accesories.
    Amazing series! :)

  3. 3
    October 24th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Just please no one wear leggings as pants!

  4. 4
    October 24th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I love everything about this post.

  5. 5
    October 24th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Even though my style isn’t edgy- I do like faux leather jackets, tights (opaque) and boots. I think they’re a great way to update your style and they are all very classic.

    I really like how you stick to the classic side of each style, so it feels a lot more accessible to everyone- good job!

  6. 6
    October 24th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Could you do a post on bohemian style? Thank you!

  7. 7
    October 24th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    i love this post! i tend to have an edgy side to my wardrobe come out thru studded accessories, exposed zipper, and leather jackets :)

  8. 8
    October 26th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    amazing!!! this is like a documentation of my style. i love it all!

  9. 9
    October 27th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    really love this post, edgy style is what my wardrobe is slowly converting to.

    also, you should do a post with edgy accessories! esp jewelry, im really into this stuff from elaine ho, you can get stuff at her etsy shop!!!

  10. 10
    October 28th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    I always wear shirts as dresses but the Forever 21 Black Bow Top you have posted up as a LBD is no where near long enough to be worn as a dress. I own the top and I am 4’11. The top is super flattering otherwise though!

  11. 11
    November 3rd, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I have to say, Once i save enough to get a whole new wardrobe change, I’d really like to use this, I describe my style as edgy yet colorful. I love this! :)

  12. 12
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    this is definityley my sort of style. i have trouble deciding what to wear with colour tights any tips?

  13. 13
    June 4th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Edgy basics are a must have in my closet and black is my favorite color of all.

  14. 14
    July 11th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Can you please help me? I want to have an edgier style but 1. I live in the Philippines so I dont usually wear a lot of jackets and boots; 2. my thighs are big so I’m not really comfortabe in skinny jeans and leggings, I usually wear jeans that have a flare cut; 3. my school is pretty conservative so we students are not allowed to wear shorts or skirts that are over the knee, sleeveless, blackless, you get the picture.

    I wanted to have an edgier style because I like the colors, which I know are usually black, dark blue, etc. Those colors make me look smaller. So please help me, I’m tired of my usual jeans and shirt combo.

    Thank you!

  15. 15
    December 8th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    This is one of the best things ever. Now I know what to wear whenever to whatever!! Thx!

  16. 16
    October 5th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Love these sexy jeans collection! a must have for all wardrobe!

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