Punk styles are beginning to have a renaissance at the moment. However if you are over 40 you might not want to re-live the look completely. But sometimes capturing a bit of the spirit can be a fun way to play with your look and express your personality through style.
The Modern Luxe Punk Look
The key to not looking like you’ve borrowed your kid’s clothes or like you are trying to relive your youth. It is all about keeping the punk elements to subtle details and sometimes, simply investing a little more into your pieces can elevate the look into luxe with an edge. Here are some of our favorite ways to accomplish that goal…
Major Luxe Punk Jewelry
Alexander McQueen is perhaps the godfather of luxe punk and this skull ear cuff is a serious statement – but any of the skull jewelry from that label would work! While of course, we heart all things McQueen, if you want to get a steal that has a punk feel these safety pin earrings with CZ from Amazon would work well. In general, layering on the jewelry and mixing metals – think lots of heavier chain necklaces like this multi-strand collar from Nordstrom – tends to make any look a bit more luxe punk.
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Go For Some (Small) Rips
While super ripped up or torn jeans aren’t our favorite look (especially as we get older) some minor distressing like the details on this denim vest from KOGMO via Amazon can be a nice touch, especially in black. And it would look awesome with the aforementioned layered chain necklaces and perhaps a band tee (but punk bands, not KISS) or a simple long sleeve tee in black or dark gray.
While we don’t necessarily advise pulling out the old school bondage pants unless you really want to lean into the look, sometimes a plaid pant can be a fun change from the standard jeans or leggings that we’re all wearing now. These WDIRARA black watch plaid pants with the optional wallet chain can fit the bill, or go for a bolder red with these tartan high-waisted pants.
Doc Martens are perennially popular, and for good reason. They are durable enough to last forever and pair well with a variety of casual (or not-so-casual for those of us who went through the “dresses with clunky boots” phase) outfits. While the lace-up style always works, we like a Chelsea boot that reads a little sleeker and more elegant but still has that Doc Marten cache. Or if you want something with a little more metal, these Blondo boots from Zappos definitely fit the bill.
Modern Luxe Punk Studded Belts
While the super heavy studded belts will always be a punk thing, they might not be the most flattering (or they will just give you flashbacks to Hot Topic). However, a slim studded belt like this one from Ada available at Nordstrom can be a good way to add a pop of interest to an otherwise basic dress or tee and jeans ensemble.
Funky Nail Color
Choosing a statement manicure is one of the lowest commitment ways to express a little punk sentiment. Neons can be a fun way to change things up, like this set from Nails Inc available at Sephora or keeping it simple and sleek with black nails with a polish like Essie Licorice. Or you could treat yourself to the Ciate nail polish advent calendar collection and change things up all the time. Plus, if you don’t feel like having super bold colors on your hands, you can always keep your pedicure more vivid.
Of course, this is just the beginning. There are always new and stylish grown-up ways to rock your favorite band t-shirts, patches, jewelry and more.
What do you think about wearing looks that are considered “edgy” as you get older? Do you feel the need to keep things more classic? Or do you just wear whatever you want and other people’s opinions be damned? Let us know what you think in the comments or on our Growing Younger Facebook Group!
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