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Trend to try: 5 pared-down punk accessories

40 years ago, fashion was a spiky beast. It was the heart of the punk movement, incited by Johnny Rotten’s angsty spitting of “God Save The Queen”, and Siouxsie Sioux’s torn fishnet sleeves. At the turn of the millennia, the punk aesthetic has gone through various permutations, never truly going out of style the way velour tracksuits did.

Autumn/Winter 2016 proved exactly that, with designers like Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Comme Des Garçons adapting punk signatures with a minimal approach for a more contemporary time. If you want in on the bandwagon, here are some pared-down punk accessories to add to your shopping cart.

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Playing on the cuff synonymous with every punk look, this Balenciaga bracelet uses the hardware from the label’s iconic City Bag for added edge.

Metallic Edge textured leather and gold bracelet, $382

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Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant’s iconic slouchy boots are made over with chain ties. The unique merger of soft suede and metal creates an in-your-face, but not altogether obnoxious punk statement.

Soono chain-trimmed suede boots, $1,980

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Alexander McQueen

One rarely associates the punk movement’s anarchistic style with floral prints, but McQueen’s chunky flatforms do a stellar job of uniting both motifs without making the shoe appear dowdy.

Printed leather platform loafers $1,213

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3.1 Phillip Lim

The Alix bag spins safety pin jewelry into a paper clip clasp for this understated patent leather bag. Think of it as punk streamlined, with none of the clunk, but every bit of the attitude.

Alix Micro patent leather shoulder bag, $980

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Annelise Michelson

Chain necklaces and chokers were two accessories that dominated the punk era, and are now coming back in fashion. Annelise Michelson combines both styles in her statement-making chain choker, with gold and silver-plated chains keeping the overall effect chic.

Ellipse gold-and-silver plated choker, $1,080

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.
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