Prepare to See This Embellishment on All Your Shoes, Bags, and Clothes This Year


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As ironic as it sounds (given that I write about trends on a regular basis), it's not every day that one comes along that really inspires me to sit down and start typing away. And yet when I started to notice a slow trickling in of elevated and modern-feeling studded pieces (be it a pair of ballet flats, a leather jacket, or some slouchy jeans), that's exactly the feeling I felt come on, thus sending me down a rabbit hole of online shopping and image research all to determine just how major of a trend these rivet-covered pieces will soon become. 

One too many hours later, I came to the exact conclusion I suspected I would: Studded embellishments are en route to becoming one of 2023's most popular and ubiquitous trends. Thanks to brands like Khaite, Isabel Marant, Gucci, and more, the studs we used to know—think Avril Lavigne's signature belts or DIY Converse made with rivets bought at the craft store—have been made over and replaced with a chic alternative that's sure to give your wardrobe a cool yet hyper style-forward edge in the months to come. Below, shop all this trend has to offer. And trust me—it's offering a lot. 


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Adding studs to a simple leather jacket can make a world of difference in the style department, significantly elevating the staple piece and transforming it into an eye-catching statement maker. 

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If you've never dreamed about this Prada studded bag, I'm honestly jealous. It 1000% keeps me up at night. 

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These clogs are so understated yet the addition of the oversize studs makes them feel extremely current and envy enducing. I'm already picturing them styled with jeans, a T-shirt, and a statement belt, maybe in red or green or even black with a jewelry-like silver buckle.

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Consider me 100% influenced to begin adding one to many studded items into my winter and spring wardrobe. 

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If you ask me, the more studs you add to a fashion item, no matter what it is, the better. These clogs, which feature a studded back strap, are proof enough of that.

Coming Up: These 7 Micro-Trends Will Be Big in 2023, and I Found Them All at H&M and Mango

Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.