One of the best things about style is that there is always room to mix it up. Fashion is constantly evolving and changing which is great because it keeps things interesting! There is always something new and fresh to try out. But trying a new trend can be simultaneously thrilling and intimidating. Whenever I’m confronted with a great new trend my first instinct is to adopt it immediately. I am then faced with the question: “How do I do this?” Some trends are way more straight-forward than others.

Fringe is one of those less than straight-forward trends. In most cases less is more, making incorporating it into outfits a real balancing act. Not knowing where to start can get frustrating. However, don’t let that discourage you. Where there is a will, there’s a way!

This Fashionista does a great job of showing us just how to do it. These black fringe-trimmed booties are a perfectly adorable way to dip your toes into (pun intended) this funky trend. They’re eye-catching and add flirty and fun elements to an otherwise polished look. She lets her shoes be the star of the show by keeping the rest of her look in this dark color family. The contrasting simplicity keeps her fashion-forward boots from having to compete with other loud pieces. This is important when dealing with a detail that is as unique as fringe; too many things going on can quickly turn a look from fabulous to faux pas. This Fashionista expertly avoids this by pairing a simple black top and cardigan with a deep purple skater skirt and tights. The floral detail on her bag also adds in another fun element to the look without being too overdone.

Overall, this is a great way to let her boots do the talking, not just the walking.

How To: If you’re not quite ready to dive straight into a new trend the best thing to do is start small. A little goes a long way with fringe. Add a touch of fringe to accessories to keep things simple. Try it first with a petite cross-body bag to get yourself comfortable before incorporating it more majorly into outfits.