Photo: Mark Iantosca
Let’s be honest (or frank, if you will), fringe is not the easiest look to wear. Layers of fringe can add bulk and volume, obscuring the wearer’s natural shape. And if caution isn’t taken, what may be intended to be trendy can quickly become quaint—and not in the cool retro-revival sense, but rather fashioned from your grandmother’s curtains! Play it right, and you’ve got a stylishly modern look that nods to the past and that’s actually quite versatile.
Add a row or two of slinky fringe to the hem of your skirt or dress for a 1920s Daisy Buchanan flapper look. Or, adorn the sleeves of your jacket or pant legs for a Western-inspired '70s vibe. Aside from its ability to transcend multiple decades, fringe unfailing infuses any outfit with a certain youthful playfulness. Even if you’re on your way to the office, the easy sway of a few strands of fringe in motion with your body will have you feeling like you’re headed out for a night of dancing or a concert in the park. Whether incorporated into a top or dress, or worn as an embellishment on your favorite accessory, this accent is well worth the risk.