Everything that’s old is new again, right? Not necessarily (yeah, I’m talking to you, leisure suit). But there are some gems that come from the ME Generation (AKA the 1970s) that will always rear their gorgeous heads again and again. Over the last twenty years, we’ve seen the rise and fall of 70s staples such as platform shoes, bell bottom jeans, floppy hats and the latest favorite: FRINGE!
Dresses, bags, jackets, oh my! Fringe fashion is everywhere this fall and winter, and those in the know say you’ll be seeing it on the spring runways, too. So when embracing the trend, it appears there may be longevity in your recent splurge (always a bonus). Here are my top flirty and fabulous fringe fashion looks that will surely stand the test of time:
- Hem accents
In this alice + olivia number (below) where abstract designs invoking Cubism meet the 1970s, you get a versatile and stylish go-to for nearly any occasion—fancy dinner, holiday party or even the office. Its abstract lines in the print are offset by a simple accent of black fringe that makes the entire silhouette complete and draws the eyes to the ankles. The understated bow adds a nice touch of femininity and innocence while the bold print speaks to confidence and strength—the perfect combination for today’s woman.
This fringy fashion piece is available through Neiman Marcus. Shop at Neiman Marcus through Splender and get 12% cash back on your purchases through 11/30/15.
- Bohemian Bags
The whipstitch goes downtown with this gorgeous, splurge-worthy Stella McCartney bag, available through Saks.com. Crafted with faux suede, you’ll be turning heads and making a PETA-approved choice. The long lines of fringe extend far beyond the bottom of the bag, which translates to movement, bringing this amazing piece to life with a brisk walk or a winter breeze. And the added benefit? If you shop any time from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, you’ll receive 14% cash back from Saks.
- Coats Made for the City AND the Wild West
This LaMarque “Ronni” suede fringe jacket is so versatile you’ll be able to don it whether you are feeding the horses or sitting on Venice Beach. The V-neck silhouette can be dressed for fall with a cowl neck scarf in a natural earth tone or a creamy, chunky Irish scarf. The hidden front closure and open fringe bottom provide opportunities to wear this piece differently and with accent tanks, strapless or even turtlenecks. You can find it at Neiman Marcus.
If you’re not ready to commit to high prices for fringe, try this affordable alternative from American Eagle.
- The Skirt
Collections for every budget are showcasing the fringe skirt. We’ve got all over fringe: horizontal fringe, short fringe, leather minis with thick fringe—you name it. But my favorite skirt style that taps the fringe trend is the vertical drape as seen below in this Michael Kors piece, available through Neiman Marcus.The slats between the fringe mean your knee can peep through for an understated flirty feel. Also, give yourself the freedom to twirl, whether in the privacy of your dressing closet or in the middle of the street (for those embracing the joie de vivre). There is nothing more uplifting than the feel of fringe lifting in the air, and you’ll be transported back to your childhood instantly.
Fringe is back, and, no doubt, here to stay for a few more seasons, so enjoy this fun and flirty trend. And in the spirit of appreciating the 1970s, as well as the upcoming holiday season, watch this classic commercial and spot the 1970s fashion trends from all over the globe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csEXmU14N28