Fringe is a controversial topic in fashion conversation. It’s like American Politics: everybody has an opinion, most are not shy about vocalizing theirs, and hardly anybody’s going to change their mind. Personally, I believe that fringe is a unique way to add interest to an outfit, and when done well can be absolutely gorgeous. The natural movement of the tassels is what is so eye-catching; it adds an organic focal point without using a bold color or distracting shine.
When selecting a piece with fringe, trust your gut when it comes to knowing the right balance. If a piece has too much fringe, it will be overwhelming and probably border on ridiculous. If it has too little it will look somewhat unintentional and too bare.
Anything with fringe will definitely be the star of the outfit, so keep the rest of the ensemble simple. Steal a tip from this Fashionista and pair some fringe boots (these in particular, if you were curious, are Jeffrey Campbells) with cuffed dark wash skinny jeans to showcase them.
As always, it’s important to know the type of look you’re going for. This is especially true when it comes to fringe because it can be so versatile, and you always want to have some sort of real intent when you put pieces together. For example: Fringe made sophisticated, retro, and casual western. This Fashionista’s lace top and long waves keep her style soft and feminine.
Fringe isn’t only great for footwear, it can work on plenty of other pieces as well: vests, dresses and my personal favorite: bikinis.
Be adventurous and try it out. Channel your inner Woodstock if necessary and never be afraid of a little movement.