Vintage: Flourish A Little Fringe

April 28, 2014 • Magazine, Vintage


Let’s talk fringe! It’s made its way back in the fashion mainstream (and into our hearts) in a sleek and sophisticated way. Aside from being all over the runways for Spring 2014, it also trickled down to pretty much every shopping destination you can think of and is featured in everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. No need to be afraid of this trend, even if it is out of your norm. It’s fun and flirty and gives you a chance to be a little adventurous. So why not take a chance?

Fringe is featured in both clothing and decorative textiles, showing up in drapery, table and bed linens, floor coverings as well as clothing, shoes and accessories. It’s safe to say this trend dates back hundreds if not thousands of years. I haven’t been able to track down its exact date but originally fringe was used for the purpose of shedding water and rain from garments as in Native American and Ranchers clothing. It’s been a decorative staple in clothing, evident in native tribal moccasins, robes and shawls and later on military apparel and both women’s and men’s formal wear. I think most notably fringe is associated with the flapper dresses of the 1920s when women were breaking free of social constraints and emerging as free spirits. It later re-emerged in the 1950s and 60s and was adopted by several difference social groups including the country western crowd and hippies and flower children. This trend didn’t completely disappear in the late 20th century, but has waned and waxed with the times. However, now fringe is back and better than ever!

The safest way to do fringe as a daytime trend is to keep it simple. Unless you’re going for the flapper look (and a lot of ladies save that for costume parties or New Year’s Eve!) limit it to the hem of your skirt or top, a trim on your shoes, a fun tassel necklace or a flourish on your handbag. Colors are limitless and since less is more, it doesn’t matter if you do it in a bright pop of color amongst your favorite neutrals making that the focal point of your outfit. That little something extra is sure to give you an added pep in your step.

1. Vintage 60’S Retro J-O-Kay Ladies Fringes Suede Hippie Jacket, $129.99

2. Ralph Lauren Collection Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, $395

3. Nicole Miller Sleeveless Beaded Fringe Cocktail Dress, $550

4. Calvin Klein Spring 2014 RTW

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Billy Studded Fringe Sandal, $150

6. Vintage 90s CHLOE Black Fringed Long Evening Dress,  $385

7. Gucci Spring 2014 RTW

–Carmen Turner

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