A Compelling Argument for Piercing Your Clothes

Courtesy of the spring 2017 runways.

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I have the kind of skin that doesn't heal. It's been more than a decade since I got a Monroe piercing as a teen with a fake ID, but a ghost, in the form of a small hole, still haunts my upper lip. The same goes for the mismatched holes in my ears, and even the path a septum once traveled inside my nose (no one in 2006 told me there would be a clip-in variety readily available come 2016).

I've learned to be more selective with piercings in my twenties than I was in my teens.

Prabal Gurung pierced the slits of a carwash skirt back together, giving the ladylike style a little attitude.. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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You can imagine my delight, then, at the latest piercing trend, which punctures not your flesh—but your clothes. On runways in New York and London, we've spotted designers using nose-ring-esque metal hoops, grommets, and eyelet hardware to create an all new peek-a-boo effect that's tough and subtly sexy. (The big plus here: DIYing this trend is very easy.)

Check out the best examples we've seen so far, and rejoice with me in a future full of non-committal piercings.

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More is more is more. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images

Christopher Kane showed dresses, cardigans, skirts, and tees loaded with colorful grommets and silver hoops.

The coverage of pants; the breeze of shorts. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images

Sally LaPointe used the lace-up effect we're used to seeing on sneakers—including the little silver grommets you'd expect on a pair of Converse—to snake up the entire leg of these white trousers.

Seriously, where is see-now-buy-now when you want it? Photograph courtesy of Getty Images

David Koma's spring looks were full of oversized studs with equally enlarged button loops that can be hooked or unhooked to change up the silhouette.

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