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DIY: The Stud Trend

I have to admit, the “studded everything all the time” trend has only annoyed me the last few years. I have a pair of snakeskin Jimmy Choo flats with tasteful star studs that I worship, but it seemed to me that only Jimmy Choo was pulling off tasteful studs. I actually had an amazing army jacket from Bloomingdale’s with studs on the pockets and sleeves, but they kept getting caught and falling off, so I eventually gave up on the coat after more than getting my money’s worth out of it. Long story short, I was over the stud trend. But then…Kyle and I found this Valentino rockstud tee for a client, and the stud lust started all over again. And that peacoat? I can’t even talk about it…

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Valentino Short-Sleeve Rockstud-Trim T-Shirt, $990

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Of course the Valentino tee was not even close to being in my budget, so Kyle and I decided to take matters into our own hands. This is where I continue the honest relationship we have always enjoyed and admit that I am not crafty. I know, you can’t believe it. But truly, most of my DIY projects involve coming up with an idea for someone else to execute. Can you guess where this story is going? Yeah, I let Kyle do ALL the work in this DIY project. I did take my clothes out of my closet and work with her to design my new studded clothes. Does that count as helping?

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Remember the blog about wearing a black tee as my casual mom uniform so I still felt like myself at the playground? I still have 5 million (okay like 15) good black tee shirts, but the uniform has been feeling a little boring lately, especially if I don’t have time to accessorize. The great thing about studs? Instant accessories! So which tee did Kyle choose from the pile? An (at least) 6-year-old Gap tee shirt that I bought as part of my post-natal wardrobe after Max was born. The thing is, I still wear it because it is still a well-fitting, good looking tee shirt. What do you think?

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This J. Crew denim shirt I’ve worn with patterned pants and long patterned skirts for a number of years now. I was a little bored of it this last fall though so I welcomed Kyle’s ideas to give it a refresh. We decided to go “classic with an edge” by adding a few studs to each pocket. It would be such a cute “jacket” like this now, right?

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I find it a little weird how much I love this plain black cotton Old Navy dress from last summer. I was so excited when I bought it because it is really comfortable and flattering, yet I didn’t wear it as much as I thought I would. I loved the outfit I created for it in New York last week (a black chiffon vest over it with my fave black fringe necklace from Sew Sara) But sometimes you just want to throw on a dress and be done with it, right? Now I have a brand new, packable, cool, comfortable dress for the cost of a few studs. Which is practically nothing, FYI. What do you think?

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So readers, are you going to do it? Kyle followed these simple instructions. We purchased the 3/8″ pyramid studs from Studs and Spikes in brass, black, and silver. We also bought tiny brass star studs that we are excited to use in future projects! Once you have your studs, all you need is a pair of needle nose pliers and a tape measure. Push the studs through the fabric slowly and you should be able to wiggle the stud in between the threads instead of ripping through them. Note that cotton pieces with little to no stretch in the fabric will hold the studs the best. The Old Navy dress is actually a rayon/spandex blend and some of studs were able to move around in the stretchy fabric, particularly when I was wearing a backpack. If you decide to try this project, let us know by posting on our Facebook page or using the hashtag #RLSdiy on social media!

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for 20 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Are you looking for professional training to become a personal stylist? Learn how you can train with Lani at The Stylist Studio

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