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Thursday, March 10, 2011


Assistant fashion editor Erica Milano is back today with another fashion trend and a few tips she got from yours truly. -- AP

That’s right, Anastasia. Metal studs are no longer just for dog collars and bikers. They’ve become the embellishment of choice for many designers. You’ll find them on everything from jeans to jackets to belts to purses to shoes and more this year.

However, most of us can’t afford designer stud duds. So what’s a fashion conscious girl to do? Head for the crafts store! I learned this little trick from our very own crafts editor here at
American Woman, Anastasia Pollack. The other day Anastasia took a look at some studded samples that came into the office, rolled her eyes at the price tags, and proceeded to clue me into the Secret of the Crafting Sisterhood -- DIY!

Love those studs? Just head over to your local crafts store and purchase a variety of studs and a stud setter (sometimes called rivets or prongs.) You’ll find them in the jewelry-making aisle. There are even iron-on varieties. Both come with simple, easy-to-follow directions. For those items you want to decorate where you can’t use a setter or an iron, purchase jewelry glue. With a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can update your existing wardrobe and accessories to one of today’s hottest trends. And no one has to know those fab shoes aren’t crafted by Jimmy Choo.

Thanks, Erica. I just hope I haven’t created a monster. Readers, you should see our office. Erica has become a studding mad woman! We may need to gather the other editors for a stud intervention. How do you feel about studs? Wooden, fashion, or otherwise. Post a comment to be entered in this week's drawing for a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Unless they look good in sneakers, they're not for me.