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Punk had a moment on the Fall 2013 runways, and we’re trying out the trend. Versace sent out low slung leather pants, Chanel put models in knee-high leather boots, and a green-haired teen went top model. See our picks for getting a high fashion punk look!

Punk elements— leather, tartan, exposed zips, lots of black— never go out of fashion for long. Designers borrow from the gritty streets all the time. While the high fashion looks they come up with aren’t “authentically” punk, you can find plenty of inspiration to pull a little edge into your wardrobe.

For Fall 2013, Versace put out typically fierce, sexy collections, studding both ready-to-wear and couture with zips, studs, and patches of sheer lace.

You can easily steal this style at home. Hip-hugging leather pants, like the slim Leather Pants or Leather Pants for plus sizes, are perfect in real or faux materials. To score the look modeled above by Kate Moss, sew up a body-conscious silhouette like the Seamed Strapless Dress (shown below) Fitted Sheath Dress, or Strapless Corset Dress in a plaid fabric with some stretch.

For street punks or fashion hounds, it’s all about the statement jacket. Nancy Spungen loved blazers, leather jackets, and bombers. Above, model Chloe Norgaard pairs a fancy fur coat with jeans for a playful look. There are so many fun options to choose from! If sewing leather makes you nervous, try the ever popular Larissa jacket (shown above) or Biker Jacket for a motorcycle shape in cozy wool. If a blazer cut is more your style, go for the clean lined Leather Jacket or the Lurex Blazer. A fun faux Fur Vest would look amazing in leopard print!

I like adding just a touch of punk to my weekend look, but Halloween season is the time to go all out! Mix fabrics like plaid and suede to make the paneled Seamed Strapless Dress extra special, and add a few studs to the hips or bustline. You could leave off the bottom panels to show off a pair of fishnets and creepers, or pair it with chunky boots. Layer on some safety pin jewelry, red or super pale lipstick, and plenty of black eyeliner for a Halloween look that’s totally on trend.

Above: BurdaStyle Seamed Strapless Dress in suede, studs from studsandspikes.com, BurdaStyle Utility Pants, Marc Jacobs plaid suiting from MoodFabrics.com, Punk Pistache fabric from Spoonflower.com.

Have a great punk costume? Show us in the costume contest!


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    Nov 11, 2013, 07.05 AMby XanaduByKeren

    Looks awesome!

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    Oct 31, 2013, 03.17 PMby joshtrenser

    Looks pretty cool!!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 10.11 PMby purplefan

    The red and black plaid brings back memories of a September fall issue Burda did with a London theme-a similar plaid was used for a skirt and jacket.

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    Oct 26, 2013, 06.26 AMby freenifitsa

    Thanks for the ideas. A great help for inspiration and styling. I love these articles.

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    Oct 25, 2013, 08.47 PMby MegH

    Love this look!

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    Oct 25, 2013, 08.41 PMby ArcticFoxx

    Right now Hancock fabrics is having its 50% off sale for “costume fabrics.” Many of these fabrics would fit the punk theme. They have also placed some colored velvets in this discounted section.

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