Wednesday, December 22, 2010

High-fashion in the style of Gemma Teller

Gemma Teller-Morrow is a total badass. If you've ever caught an episode of Sons of Anarchy, you know what I'm talking about. If you don't you're missing one of the best and highest-rated shows currently on television.

Portrayed by the multitalented Katey Sagal, Gemma is the wife of the leader of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original charter. Set in the fictional town of Charming, California, SOA is a grim, gritty, beautiful, dramatic, and often darkly funny drama centering on the hard-knock lives of the biker gang members.

As Sons of Anarchy finished its third season recently, I found myself again admiring Gemma's wardrobe. Sure, it's a bit trashy. They're bikers. They're going to be a little white-trash. But there is something in her rough, yet feminine wardrobe choices that demands a second look. She's partial to silver pendants, leather, studs, fringe, perfectly fitting jeans in both darkwash and distressed styles, feathers, black lace, uber-cleavage, lace-up detailing, crosses, big silver earrings with intricate detailing, and boots that are high-style, but sensibly made for maximum butt-whoopin' ability when necessary.

I've put together a few style collages inspired by the attitude and appearance of Gemma. I added some skull accessories here and there to go with the official Sons of Anarchy logo. Also, any biker babe worth her salt is going to be sporting some ink. If you shy from the needle, and think temporary tats are cheesy, there are plenty of camis, purses, and shoes with tattoo-style detailing. (Just try to steer clear of Ed Hardy. Friends don't let friends wear douche brands, and ol' Ed is right out there with Tapout Clothing on the douchery scale.) Click any of the collages to embiggen.

The Pricey Version:

If you've got the cash, these are some great items to work into your wardrobe for a little high-end biker flair. These items' prices range from about $100 for the Fossil belt to over $2,000 for the Cavalli jacket.

Jacket and skull necklace: Roberto Cavalli
Boots: Louboutin
Skull bracelet: Alexander McQueen
Belt: Fossil
Bag: Jimmy Choo
Lace Tank: John Paul Gaultier
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Studded Bangle: Juicy Couture
Belt: Fossil
Earrings: Alexis Bittar

 The Affordable Version:

If high-end designer prices make you hyperventilate, try out something more midrange in price.

Jacket: Cripple Creek
Cross Necklace: Guess
Filigree Earrings: Target
Studded Bracelet: Hot Topic
Rhinestone Skull Bracelet: The Pyramid Collection
Boots: Journee at Target
Jeans: Mossimo at Target
Belt: JC Penney
Clutch: Loungefly
Tank: Arden B.
Feather Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Saving the Best for Last:

Hey! What's a Circle City Style blog without a heaping helping of locally-sourced style finds?

Bag: Greenwood-based Handbag Heaven
Earrings: Sage Boutique, Mass Ave
Leather Jacket: Rag-o-Rama, Broad Ripple
Spike Ring: Studio AMF
Cross Pendant: Silver in the City, Mass Ave
Turquoise and Silver Bracelet: Eye Candy, Mass Ave
Black Lace Tank: Pitaya, Broad Ripple
Feather Necklace: Pitaya, Broad Ripple
Belt: Sage Boutique, Mass Ave
Jeans: Sage Boutique, Mass Ave
Boots: Pitaya, Broad Ripple

What do you think? How would you translate a little Gemma-style badassery into your own looks?


  1. This is a great idea!!! I like how you did high, low and local.

  2. Thanks! I especially enjoy the Studio AMF ring -- it's earthy but very "don't mess with me" at the same time. This was definitely one of the more fun posts I've put together.

  3. That spike ring is amazing.

    Your Friends,

  4. i don't watch SOA, but i know exactly the kind of feel you're talking about. i really like this style because i think it lets women look powerful but still very feminine. it's a win win.

  5. Love the collages. I've never watched the show, but your collages give a good feel for her style.


  6. love the ring and some accessories,pay attention to the website furthermore.
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  7. I totally admire this lady. She is fierce. Her hair color and style perfectly reflects her daring new role.

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  8. Can't believe her style can be from wholesale clothing stores. In the end though, it's that swagger that adds the badass-ness.