On the Fringe of a Trend
Posted on 12 September 2015
What was once old is new again. Fringe is back. If you have any recollection of the 80s, you know that this is not an innovative addition to the fashion world. In fact, if I don’t mind dating myself, I still remember the fringe jacket in the Can’t Buy Me Love movie that created the conflict from which the entire movie developed.
If you’re interested in trying this trend on for size, that’s great. I think that I’m willing to jump right in myself; however, I have a few rules. If you are worried about how to wear it well, feel free to join me:
Rule 1- Start small- As with many new clothing trends, I feel a bit like a fish out of water when a something new comes on the playing field. It’s the awkward girl that’s still inside of me. One way to give it a go is to start small and cheap (if I can) until I feel like a lover and not a fraud. A perfect way to do this is start with a cute purse or shoes.
Rule 2- A little goes a long way- What I have noticed at the trade shows is that designers are offering fringe in clothes like vests, jackets, pocketbooks, skirts, and shoes, to name a few. Although many of the pieces may look like they belong as sets, it doesn’t mean I will be wearing them as such. One piece is a good enough statement for me. Personally, I want it to be a really fun accent- I don’t want to look like a flapper!
Rule 3- If I’m fringing it up, I will do so in a neutral color-I don’t want there to be any conflict between the print or color of my clothing and the fringe. One crazy element to my clothing is more than enough. Besides, I want the style of the fringe to do all of the talking. Let’s not make it a screaming match!
Rule 4- Wear it with something basic- This rule piggybacks off of rule two, but I feel that it should be noted that when wearing a trendy style, keep everything else basic until you feel comfortable trying new things.
Rule 5- Try to keep with the Bohemian vibe- The Bohemian vibe is big right now and for good reason: it’s feminine and earthy at the same time. Fringe works seamlessly into this style because it is a staple of many a bohemian closet. If I do work it into a Bohemian inspired outfit, I will wear it with a plain tank, jean shorts, and a long necklace.
These are the basics that I will be following when I rock the fringe this season. Hope it helps. If you can think of anything else that would be really helpful, add a comment below.
Thanks for reading!
Want to give it a try? Start with this vest...