When asked to describe my style, I often think in seasons. When I think fall, I think of the colors of leaves, 70s inspired dresses, and suede jackets. When I think winter, I often picture menswear inspired ankle boots and my (faux) leather jacket, the essential pieces for edgy outfits. Spring is romantic, and summer is bohemian. My personal style and what I gravitate towards is impacted by the color weather and my mood, and when winter rears its cold head, I often gravitate towards the more “edgy” pieces in my closet.
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5 Easy Ways to Create Edgy Outfits
I recently attended Seattle’s Wedding Show as a guest of Safeway and Albertsons, and wore this exact outfit. I received so many comments about it as I walked through the shows that I figured it was worth recreating and documenting on the blog. Perhaps the vendors just wanted to get my attention (no, not getting married yet, however it did give me a lot of ideas if I were! ;)). Either way, I love this outfit because it’s comfortable yet edgy, and can be worn for a variety of occasions and events.
Add some studs
One of the best things I’ve added to my wardrobe this winter is definitely these studded ankle boots from Rebecca Minkoff. I didn’t realize I would wear them so often, but I mix them with casual and dressier outfits. Bonus points that they’re flat which means they’re incredibly comfortable to walk in for miles and miles. Unfortunately this exact pair is sold out, but you find similar styles linked below!
Master color mixing
To add some edge to my look, I gravitate towards dark colors. For me the key isn’t to look like I’m trying to go goth, but instead blending color into the outfit intentionally. One of my favorite color combos is black and burgundy, so I knew this high neck maxi dress from J.Jill would be the perfect pairing to my moto jacket.
Pop on a moto jacket
I feel like I have said this so many times, but it is still true so I’ll say it again. Adding a moto jacket was the best thing I ever did for my wardrobe. The moto jackets from BlankNYC are affordable and last for years. I’ve owned this one for 2 years and it still looks new. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I write this. If you haven’t added a jacket like this to your closet yet, check out the ones below to see if any strike your fancy!
Put some metal on it
Accessorizing can take a boring outfit from drab to fab. Kendra Scott recently opened a location in Bellevue Square Mall not far from Seattle and every time I go in there, I ogle all over their druzy collection. The Boyd Ring is my favorite purchase, and Dave bought me the Phara Necklace for Christmas in Hematite that pairs perfectly. Plus, because of its neutral appearance, this necklace goes with anything and everything! My favorite kind of wardrobe staple.
Top it off with a hat
Incorporating hats into my outfit has been my go-to lately. Three out of the five work days this week I was rocking one, and it’s just such an easy way to dress up and make your outfit unique. This hat comes from David and Young at Fred Meyer, and I’ve also really enjoyed my hat from Topshop in a similar style. Unfortunately neither of mine are still available, so I’ve linked a few below that are worth checking out if you’re ready to rock a new hat!
Ready to go rock some edgy outfits now? I hope these tips and tricks for adding a little edge to your outfit inspires you to try something new! With spring just around the corner, I’m looking forward to combining some of my favorite past spring staples with some of my new edgier winter finds!
How do you add edge to your outfit? How do you describe your style in the winter? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
That ring is awesome! Little details like that can go such a long way!
So true! Accessories can really make or break an outfit!
I LOVE that jacket!
Thanks Christine! :)
a leather jacket is hands-down the easiest way to add some edge. When I was in Europe a few years agp everyone was wearing and they are the masters of casual cool.
Right?! Europeans are always so stylish. I blame our trip to France for my love for jumpsuits. ;)
LOVE your outfit! And these amazing photos!
Thanks so much Sara!! :)
Ok. So I have wanted to pull off some edgier looks for quite some time. I have a number of pieces that technically speaking “check all the right boxes.” But, I am just not an edgy person. So when my husband says “you look cute!” when I’m wearing my edgiest outfit, and I get a bit offended, because while cute is nice, I was going for the much more bad-ass label of “edgy,” I have decided that edginess is just not something I am cut out to pull off. But you pull it love quite beautifully! ;)
This made me laugh because this sounds exactly like something Dave would say. In fact, I’m pretty sure he told me this outfit was cute. So, you probably do pull off edgy, but men are just silly and don’t “get it.” ;)
my leather jacket is my GO TO. I love it because it totally makes me feel immediately edgy LOL
Right?! Leather jackets are the best!
Jenn, I love this post! My style gets a little edgier in colder months, and this was great inspiration on how to take it to the next level. I really need a moto jacket and that black ring you’re wearing!
XO, SS || Seersucker Sass
PS – Aren’t bridal shows the best?! I’ve loved going as a bridesmaid!
Aw thank you so much! I wear both my ring and moto jacket so much, I know you’d love them too! :) And yes! The show was so much fun. We aren’t planning a wedding right now but I feel like I have so many more ideas than I ever even considered!
YES to these boots and the leather jacket combo!! I love how much range you have in your wardrobe and the outfits that you put together.
Aw thank you Katrina! :) Huge compliment coming from you – you always nail the edgy looks!