Pardon My Fringe

I wrote about the fringe trend which returned to the fashion scene in 2015.

September 21, 2015

Kate Barnes’s favorite fringe skirt; photo by Mary Sanford McClure.

Pardon My Fringe

We’ve all heard what goes around, comes back around… Well, here we are again: Fall 2015 meet Fringe, Fringe meet Fall.

We are falling for fringe this season and thanks to designers like Stuart Weitzman, Gucci, and Tom Ford, we can channel our inner tribal-hippie combo as this trend transitions from spring into fall.

We can trace this trend back to the Native Americans who once added fringe to their garments to filter water off the wearer. Then fringe resurfaced in the 1920s flapper era. Women’s dresses were adorned in fringe making their dance moves even more dramatic. The hippie era of the 1960s brought the trend back to life, and rockers and hipsters alike embraced fringe head-to-toe. Something functional has developed into something fashionable, surprised?

Designers at all price points are using the trend in both subtle and demanding ways. Tom Ford has full fringe dresses, while Gucci adds a fringed tassel to spice up a traditional bag.

Kate Barnes, SMU senior, not only embraces this trend but also wears it with confidence. “I’m excited about how accessible fringe is this fall. You can find a killer bag from the AW (Autumn/Winter) runway of Burberry to local boutiques for under $200. …My leather skirt (shown above) will always be my go-to piece when I need a fun and fabulous fringe outfit this fall,” said Barnes.

Not only is this trend perfect for music festivals but can be dressed up for any formal function. Notice Stuart Weitzman’s fringed heels and Gigi New York’s clutches. Both can dress up any outfit while staying on trend.

Fringed clutch and heels; photos by Gigi New York and Stuart Weitzman.

Fringe doesn’t just have to be leather or suede, but you can find it in wool and knit as well. Test the waters with something a little more minimalistic, and if you’re daring enough, go head-to-toe like Tom Ford. You will definitely make a statement.

Check out a few of my favorite fringed finds: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6