Feeling like your style has lost its edge? Need a few ideas for how to look a little cooler without also looking like you’re trying too hard? What does it even mean to look edgy?
To me, an edgy style is creative, unfussy and effortless (even though it often requires effort). It’s usually casual or has casual elements, and gives off a modern, urban vibe.
Making a look edgy doesn’t have to be complicated. A little unexpected tweak can turn an ordinary look into something cool, chic and even a bit mysterious and sexy.
There are lots of options for making your style more edgy and can apply to any age, body type or bank account. Here are my 15 tips for how to look edgy:
1. Wear Leather or Faux Leather Clothes:
Malia of Style by Malia picked this faux leather Calvin Klein dress out for me when she helped me spend my gift cards last month. Edgy yet feminine, this dress is sexy and great for a date night out. Try leather or faux leather leggings, A-line skirts, trousers and even tops for more edge in your wardrobe. Leather panels add edge too if you want something less heavy.
2. Wear Short Dark Nails:
Deep burgundy, navy, charcoal gray, and even black nails say modern and edgy, as long as you keep them on the short side and free of chips.
3. Do the Half-Tuck:
The half-tuck look that you can do with a tee shirt, a blouse or a button-down. I am a big fan of the half-tuck. It’s easy, it hides mid-section bulges and it cuts down on tucked-in bulk. Plus, it gives your outfit a relaxed feel.
4. Wear a cool hat:
Who doesn’t look edgier in a fedora, Australian Outback or Panama hat? No one, that’s who! I love to wear hats, especially since I discovered Montecristi Panama Hats, a wonderful hat shop in Napa Valley. I find the unisex style hats the most edgy and wearable.
5. Aviator Sunglasses:
Most sunglasses, unless they are heart-shaped or have feathers and rhinestones plastered all over them, make the wearer automatically look edgier. But the edgiest of the edgy is the aviator, the classic unisex style that’s been cool since the 1960’s and shows no sign of being dated. And aviators look cool on just about anyone from 10 to 100!
6. Head-to-Toe Black:
Black will always be the edgiest color. It’s mysterious and so easy to wear. I often look back on my “all black stage” in the 1980’s with fondness. It was so easy to look cool! These days, I add a little touch color even if it’s neutral or metallic, to my all black daytime looks.
Whether you wear tall boots, booties, motorcycle, over the knee or combat, boots always up the edge factor. Wear them with dresses, skirts, leggings, jeans and even shorts, if you dare! And look for extra detailing like buckles, studs or lacing for added interest.
8. Messy hair:
Coifed hairdos covered in curls and hairspray are not edgy. But beachy waves and barely brushed tresses not look not only edgy but sexy, too. Or throw you hair in a messy pony tail for a sportier edge. For short hair, try a messy spikes.
9. Sneaker Chic:
Casual, comfortable, unfussy style is one of the hottest trends right now. And you can’t get much more comfortable and casual than a look that includes sneakers. Read more about this edgy style in my Sneaker Chic post.
10. Big Bold Jewelry:
Statement pieces that are more bold than blingy add a tough edge. Try wearing wide cuffs, rows of bangles or big rings like this Metal Pointus ring I bought in Paris last year. Add extra edge with dark short nails!
11. Distressed Denim:
Some may say distressed denim is for the young but I disagree. I wear distressed denim all the time and find the style really works with my casual lifestyle. It’s current as well as edgy.
12. Wear High-Low or Asymmetrical Clothes:
Modern, flattering, sexy and edgy, asymmetrical hemlines on dresses, skirts and tops add that extra something special to your overall look.
13. Moto jacket or vest:
I think most people would agree that the biker/moto look is all kinds of edgy. Soften a hard biker look by wearing ivory or pastel faux leather or leather and add some big chunky jewelry (necklace by Tamera Beardsley).
14. Add Animal Print Touches:
Just a small amount of animal print can turn an outfit headed for ladylike back to edginess. Imagine this same cuff with a black or ivory clutch. Not very edgy. Add some leopard and suddenly it’s cool!
15. Mix it up:
Dressy and casual don’t have to be separated. Wear your dressiest pumps with distressed jeans or your best pearl necklace with a tee shirt. Or how about sparkly gold and black pumps with denim shorts? Get creative and try new things.
Do you like to look edgy?
How do you achieve an edgy look?