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Editor’s Pick: The Studded Crossbody

Gone are the days when spikes and studs were relegated to dimly lit nightclubs and the vests of grizzled bikers. Now they can be seen gracing the shoes of every fashion blogger worth her weight in macarons and hanging from the chicest of arms in America. This redemptive march may have been started by Valentino in 2010 with the introduction of their Rock-stud collection, but it’s since swelled to a full-on accessories trend that shows no signs of slowing down.

Who but Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli could have predicted the resounding success of the ladylike spike? Yes, the days of fashion past are peppered with style icons who pushed the boundaries of gender to achieve stunning success: Katherine Hepburn’s pants, Bianca Jagger’s tuxedo, Grace Jones’ everything. And maybe that’s exactly what the modern woman has been waiting for—a way to dip her manicured toes into the shimmering pool of androgyny. A way to appropriate a trend favored by the dark and dangerous, and in so doing, a way to embrace edge without the risk of trying a truly fringe-favored fad.

And so, without further ado, here is our Editor’s Pick for the week: a mint green studded crossbody bag that lies squarely at the intersection of Ladies Who Brunch and Biker Babe. For the fashionable faint of heart just trying her hand at the studded trend, layer this bag over a sweet citron sundress with nude flats. If you’re prepared for more risky business, this accessory would pair nicely with distressed jean shorts à la Rag & Bone and a structured white crop top.

Braidspiration

Every summer, hoards of women across the country make the cut.

That first day of blow drying fistfuls of unwieldy hair in 90-degree weather sends scores to the salon, ready to shed inches of hair in exchange for degrees of coolness. This yearly pilgrimage has been bolstered as of late as the pendulum of popular style swings back from long and lush to the shorter the better.

But if you’re not quite ready to brave the bob, a myriad of beautiful up-do options exist. Consider the braided chignon from The Beauty Department.

With a few twists and tucks, this look works for anything- from running errands to attending weddings. The braid works best with textured hair for better hold, which means it’s an ideal option for hiding second-day hair.     

So if you’re not ready to commit to the cut, you can still sleep soundly at night knowing that when you wake up, the question of how to style your hair to beat the heat has been asked and answered.

Look of the Week: Haute Pink

She’d been circling around it for months, but it appears that after a much-applauded series of ensembles on the Spider Man press tour, Emma Stone has secured a permanent spot on Best Dressed lists everywhere. Perhaps it’s her everygirl appeal that has earned the hearts of fans and fashionistas alike, or maybe it’s her ability to wear couture on the red carpet with a humor and ease that belies any sort of affect. Whichever reason it is—and perhaps it’s both, and more—we can’t get enough of Emma’s look.

Take, for example, this hot pink number that at once screams, “Look at me!” and blushes with a, “Who, me?”

It’s ladylike and bright and young and chic - the perfect summer dress for practically any occasion. And since most of us actual everygirls don’t regularly red carpet hop, let’s take a second to re-imagine this look for real life. A stunning dress in the same shade of vibrant flamingo for a mere $50 will do quite nicely, especially when paired with black and white pumps that call to mind the chicest of picnics in the park.

For daytime, supplement this look by slipping into a pair of cool shades, like Emma’s signature Ray-Bans

and for night, don’t forget a chic black clutch in which to stow such essentials as killer red lipstick or your cell.