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Jessica Alba Wearing a Leather Jacket | Dec. 14, 2012

The Anatomy of an Edgy (but Not Over-the-Top) Ensemble

When you venture into edgy styling territory, there's a fine line between creating a look and looking like you're with the band. Buckled boots, leather jackets, spikes, and studs can easily overrun your entire ensemble — unless, of course, you do it the Jessica Alba way. The style setter has a pretty masterful way of playing with the trends, without letting statement pieces take over her cool-girl aesthetic. Her latest street-style moment supplied us with one perfectly constructed edgy ensemble — and we're breaking down just why it works right here. Read on for the anatomy of this standout style.

  • Three key pieces in Jessica's ensemble made bold references to the grunge vibe. Her plaid button-down, studded leather jacket, and coordinating studded bag all provided that underlying edginess, so there's little need to play up the feel any further with added tough-girl accoutrements. The rest of the look is about balancing out those pieces with sleeker ones.
  • Instead of rounding out the look with denim, Jessica took a slick approach with body-conscious legwear in black. Leather pants would too closely mirror the rocker vibe we already get from her black leather jacket, but a pair of staple black skinnies or black leggings provides a chicer complement.
  • Jessica worked in another counter, adding a furry vest to provide an unexpected element of luxe. Her footwear also helped to balance out the edge; rather than looking to biker boots, she opted for a pair of low-heeled ankle boots with supple suede and a healthy dose of textural elements. They may seem like small additions, but each of these pieces helped to give the look more of a street-chic than concertgoer feel.
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