Bad Girl Style: 5 Secrets to Looking the Part

Bad Girl Style: 5 Secrets to Looking the Part(Source:, Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

1) When in Doubt, Choose Black

Pastels and brights may come and go, but black is forever. There's a reason this dark hue is a classic fashion staple. It's sexy, mysterious, goes with everything, and looks just as put together the morning after, especially when paired with oversized sunglasses. Courtney Love knows how to wear black to her advantage, this trendsettinglbad girl gone good literally wrote the book on bad girl style. (In fact, her controversial essay "Bad Like Me," which appeared in Bust magazine circa 1996, changed the way I thought about myself.)

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2) Leather, Lace, and Sheer Are Your Best Friends
Oh, yes they are––but all good things in moderation. These flirty, feminine fabrics add a touch of mystery and sensuality to any ensemble, and certainly provide fodder for the imagination, but less is more, ladies. There's a fine line between a little cut-out or sheer back or sleeve and donning a fishnet body stocking-never a good look, unless, of course, you're performing on stage. You can embrace these sexy fabrics while still keeping it classy. Case in point: even Angelina Jolie's red carpet gowns rock peek-a-boo elements.

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Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of 'World War Z' at The Empire Cinema on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »3) A Little Red Lipstick Goes a Long Way
Another bad girl staple, is of course, full red lips. Enough said. To wit, Rose McGowan is rarely spotted without her bright pout in varying shades of red, from orangey to crimson; glossy to matte.

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Let's face it, stilettos, platform booties, or other forms of high-heeled footwear might not be the most comfortable sartorial option on the planet, but they're damn well among the sexiest. And beyond the change in posture, height, and style that a nice pair of heels add to a bad girl's repertoire, they're also feminine, hot, and add just a touch of attitude to one's walk and physicality. That's why burlesque bad girl extraordinaire Dita Von Teese always dons her heels with pride. Which brings us to #5...

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Dita Von Teese launches her fragrance at the Fred Segal Store in West Hollywood on November 22, 2013. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »5) Don't Be Afraid to Have a Bit of Attitude... But Above All, Be Nice
This final style tip might be the most important of the lot. True bad girls are actually some of the nicest, kindest, and warmest ladies around, maybe 'cause they have nothing to prove. They tend to be courageous, connected to their feminine energy, love to have fun, and don't let other people's opinion affect their decisions. They have enough lo-pro confidence to let others live with the same freedom and respect with which they themselves expect to be treated, and care about other people's feelings enough not to gossip. With her social media prowess and ability to keep her cool with so many details of her life under public scrutiny, Rihanna is a great example of this quality.

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