A Tasteful Fringe For Fall 2008

I am by no means a huge fan of fringe, but it can be done properly. As with most trends, excess is a path for visual disasters. Let’s explore the world of the fringe trend!

The Good Fringe

The concept of good fringe is something that is more of a sprinkling versus domination. Through fashion spreads have attempted to tell us that massive amounts of fringe is what we need to shake things up; this is not advisable.

T-shirts with fringe on the front (as seen below) are meant as more of a layering tool versus a stand alone piece. Having the texture of the fringe will add depth to what you are wearing, but you don’t want it to be your primary focus when people see you.

I’m generally not a fan of the suede fringe boots popping up (they look far too hippie-like for my taste); but there are a few less offensive leather designs I’ve seen. They typically rely more on the style of the boot, than the amoung of fringe.

Scarves typically have some sort of fringing, so we expect that from neck warming. The boots aren’t dominted by the fringe; it’s set on the side for more of a topping than an attraction. As for the tank and tee, the depth previously discussed is given, and a little bit of movement is there as well. These work for their complimentary and blending fringe shades; don’t buy something with contrasting colors that will look garish.

The Botkier and Tory Birch bags play by the same design rules as the Steve Madden boots; and it fits the shapes of the bags and the colors of the leather well. I normally do not advocate fringe earrings (as they are usually made from beads), but these are tiny chains; so the design works well. Lastly, the Gap ballet flats were a breath of fresh air in the mire that was fringed shoes. These berry colored ones work splendidly for Fall, and are comfortable and affordable to boot.

From left to right: Ombré fringe scarf (Topshop; $50), Steve Madden Innka boot (Endless; $179), Tiered racerback top (Topshop; $44), Asymmetrical fringe t-shirt (Topshop; $50), Botkier hobo (Kitson; $675), Fringe earrings by Dannijo (Vivre; $275), GAP fringe ballet flats (Gap; $25), Fringe bag by Tory Birch (Footcandy; $465),


The Bad Fringe

Sadly, a lot of bad fringe styling has been rearing its overdone head lately. Think moccasin type fringe boots; unless you’re in you’re an actor in the local theater production of “Pocahontas”. Unless you’re in the forest living off the land, there’s no real need to intensely fringed pieces like this. These types of fringe have a very overpowering look, and really take the trend too far. Remember, excess is not something to strive for with this trend.

As for what we have below, these are the things I would suggest you avoid. Firstly, yes, Louboutins are on the do-not-wear list (these Tina boots are just far too much of a good thing). Then we have a traditional beaded fringe necklace that really wouldn’t be so bad if it was all on color and not echoing its own battle cry. Moccasins are a given; and fringe purses run along the same “forest dweller” rule. As for the leather jacket, I sincerely doubt anyone wants to spend nearly $300 to look like a biker from 1984.

From left to right: Christian Louboutin For Ever Tina boots ($1,575), Morningstar fringe necklace ($25), Minnetonka moccasin ($86), Suede fringe hobo ($78), Leather biker jacket (Topshop; $240), Fringe earrings by Guess ($25), Zanzibar earrings by Dori Csengeri ($875), Northport moccasin flat ($75)


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I’m liking the new fringed style. It’s something new, but you really have to make sure it’s not too overwhelming. The Gap flats are cute.

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