STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Fringe with Benefits

When we think of fringe, most of us picture someone from The Great Gatsby in a flouncy dress with fun, fringing detail, or the cowgirl dressed in a Western jacket with long layers of suede fringe. This funky trend first began to hit our radar by creeping its way into many styles associated with hipsters and musical festivals and popping up in many summertime looks. It soon showed up in many runway looks for fall 2014, such as Michael Kors. This spring, designers are no longer just flirting with the idea of fringe.

We have seen the playful detail added to almost anything you can imagine for spring 2015, on and off the runway. Alberta Ferretti created a line full of influence from the ‘70s with dramatic suede fringe dominating multiple pieces. Proenza Schouler  also embraced the trend with dresses and skirts that were finished with long, dangling fringe that brought movement and life to each piece.

This Fashionista is wearing a very neutral palette, creating an effortless look. She is wearing some of my favorite go-to pieces: a loose T-shirt, skinny jeans and booties. Her look seems simple, but with the addition of her off-white vest detailed with fringe, she instantly transforms this outfit. The vest brings just right style this outfit needs and really showcases the fun nature of this trend. She completes her look with a long beaded necklace also finished with a fringe tassel. This Fashionista nailed this look because it has so much style, but is one that is so versatile and can be worn no matter where she is heading.

Walking around campus you can spot this trend in so many different ways. Whether on a purse, shoes, coat or vest, fringe detailing has gained popularity in our wardrobes because it is such a simple way to a add an element of style to any outfit. If you haven’t tried rocking some fringe for yourself, I highly recommend it. There really is something about the long, flowing layers that makes your outfit just feel fun.

What’s your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Never forget the beauty of wearing the basics, but adding a punch of style to your look with an accessory or trendy item is where your personal style can really come to life.”