Trenches have long been the staple jacket of Spring but there’s another type of outwear that’s threating to take its place—studded jackets. Everyone from Cassie to Nicole Richie, Lil Kim, and Selita Ebanks has been seen rocking this trend and each one has pulled the look off in a different way, from leather-studded lapels, denim jackets with jeweled shoulders, and diamond-patterned biker styles.

Of course with a jacket you can always just throw it on and go, but if you want your whole look to make a statement, try these tips for making your studded jacket pop even more.

Get the Right Fit
Jackets can be tricky sometimes because there often isn’t a lot of structure, but with a jacket like this, a poor fit will just look slouchy instead of stylish. Look for a style with exaggerated shoulders that will create an hourglass silhouette or a shorter waist to elongate your torso. Your sleeves should not fall past your wrists; and the more narrow the cuffs are, the more tailored the jacket will look.

Let it be Your Statement Piece
There’s nothing more hideous than bedazzle overload. People have a tendency to think a studded jacket means they need studded pants, matching studded pumps and a clutch, studded earrings, and studs on their shades. Wrong! Depending on the design, a studded jacket can have a few crystals down the arms or on the shoulders, or it may have a pattern all over. In either case you want to keep everything else you’re wearing simple, monochrome and plain. Think of the jacket as a patterned blouse—be careful what you mix with it.

Dress it Up or Down
The cool thing about studded jackets is they can make a simple t-shirt and jean ensemble look hip and trendy, or a Sunday dress look happy hour ready. That versatility makes the jacket a wardrobe staple and because it’s so stylish you’re likely to get compliments each and every time you step out—no matter how many times you wear it.

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