ACCESSORIES REPORT: Fringe With Benefits

Fringe is one of those inexplicable trends that just keeps coming back. It has been around for years. I had been on the outskirts of liking fringe on clothing and accessories for a while, but now I am happy to say I’ve been pushed over the hem. It’s grown on me over time. In fact, I like it so much now that it is even on my favorite cross-body bag.

It was originally worn by the Native Americans, mainly as a functional feature. Supposedly it acted as a series of wicks, helping wet garments to shed rain and dry faster. This is probably why it became popular on motorcycle jackets and western wear as well. These tassels also frequented the dresses of the 1920s flappers during the jazz age. They added scandalous amounts of flounce to their evening frocks, making them even more popular.

I’ve been seeing this special trimming cropping up on everything lately, including this Fashionista’s wedges. This Fashionista was looking very western chic in the middle of downtown Chillicothe when I found her. I love that she decided to wear denim on denim. The trick to making it work here is the belt. It helps break up the denims and keep it from being too overwhelming. The floral loop scarf also adds dimension and color to her ensemble, while giving it more of a summery vibe. Light and colorful scarves are good ways to add interest to any outfit.

What really draws everything together though, would be her fringed booties. The fringe gives her a bit of that western feel without it being too obvious. It also sets her shoes apart from the typical brown boots or sandals look. I can see how they could easily transition from day to night and summer to winter, too.

Fringe can transform your entire look, depending on the style. For a bit of swish in your step like this Fashionista, try these black suede boots. Looking to go a little more glam? This BCBGMAXAZRIA dress could be the answer. Or, try a casual top for more of a festival look.

Spotted: Marios Schwab’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear show proves that fringe can even look fierce and high fashion at the same time.

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