As with many present day fashion trends, fringe is an embellishment that can be traced back through the decades. While native groups have used fringe on their garments for hundreds of years, the embellishment became popular on flapper dresses in the 1920s. Dresses were shortened and completely covered in fringe, allowing the dress to move and shake with the dancer. Fringe dresses were perfect for dancing the Charleston — something that we all know and love here in South Carolina. Throughout the decades, fringe continued to evolve; it took on a Native American influence during the ’60s, and Cher adopted the American-Indian embellishments into her daily wardrobe.
While it is not the flapper dress of the ’20s, the American-Indian inspiration of the ’60s, the grunge vibe of the ’90s or the cowgirl feel of 2007, this Fashionista pulled off the fringe embellishment in her own unique way, incorporating many popular trends into her wardrobe. Her knitted fringe sweater is the statement maker as the winter white color stands out against the darker elements of her outfit. She included other fashion-forward items into her look by pairing the sweater with leather leggings, statement jewelry and flatform sandals — each element standing out on its own, yet still pulling the outfit together to create a cohesive look.
Interested in adopting some fringe into your wardrobe? Try this fringed chunky-knit cardigan by Stella McCartney. Layer the outfit with an oversized tank, add a pair of leather leggings and some statement jewelry, and finish the look with a pair of military boots or ankle booties. Want to start on a subtler end of fringe? Go for an embellished bag, boots or tank top.
Fashion is constantly changing and evolving, and there are so many style elements that can be traced back through the decades and even centuries. Shift dresses, capes, fringe, button-down shirts, even something as simple as a pair of jeans can all be traced back in history. Fashionistas, find a trend from your favorite decade and see how you can adapt it and make it your own!