The Fashion Blueprint: How to update your clothes with hardware

If you’re looking for some attention this season, ditch the pretty girl tulle and go get some studs. And I’m not talking about hunky men.

This fall, hardware fashion rules. From oversized grommets to metal plating and steel-like details, tough hardware meets sleek style to create visually arresting looks.

But these flashy spikes can be done right from your dorm without having to buy overpriced hardware pieces with your student loan money. Drop by your local craft store or simply go online to buy hardware pieces in bulk at a lower cost and update your old clothes yourself.

“This is an art and I feel people are embracing that art to make it their own,” Shelley Pierce, customer service representative for Studs and Spikes, said. “Artists and designers are making business by just applying the studs themselves. It takes labor, but it’s wonderful craft.”

The prickly, pokey, porcupine-like hardware has been spotted on almost every garment and fabric you can think of, from jeans to trench coats to shoes.

Brand names and celebs are raging with the hardware look in the high streets, but that doesn’t mean the studded look is necessarily cheap. So why not try to apply these metal-tinged studs onto your old pieces for resurgence?

Here’s how to apply these bold spikes:

  • Decide where you are going to place your studs/spikes on your garment. Will you be creating a pattern or look? Or will the studs be comfortable in a certain spot?
  • Since each stud comes with prongs, grab small pliers and push the studs into place, letting the bottom prongs pierce through the inside of the fabric.
  • Special pliers help bend and press the prongs securely and tightly onto the material. Once you bend in the rivets, they should stay in place.

Behold, a cooler embellishment without being forced to fork out your pocket money. The fashion industry has gone stir crazy over personalization and customization.

Reworked, remade, distressed and impressed — whatever your crafty penchant tells you, keep your eyes set on the studded duds for the fall.

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