As someone who's had her head in the beauty space for most of her career, when I hear the word "fringe," I'm conditioned to think of some choppy bangs, not the fashionable embellishment. However, as of late, the latter is seemingly all I think about, thanks to the sudden resurgence of fun tassel detailing.
Fringe became popular in the 1920s as part of the flapper's uniform, before trickling in and fading out of fashion throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 90s. It did come back in a big way a few years ago, circa 2016, where we saw this detail on leather skirts, kick flare jeans, clutches, and earrings. But the excitement about adding these items to our wardrobe eventually faded away — until last fall, fringe began popping up on social media once again.
My first sighting of the trim this time around was when fashion influencer Taylor Hage wore a black crew neck sweatshirt with fringe detailing, which spanned from one sleeve to the other. The Ford Digital model paired the embellished cozy top with baggy, blue denim, black combat boots, and a Chanel purse. It was such a cute style, I bookmarked it for future outfit inspiration.
But Hage wouldn't be the only influencer experimenting with fringe in all its forms. In the months that followed, I was constantly spotting fashionistas embracing the playful detail on sweaters, tank tops, skirts, and accessories.
Celebrities have since adopted the tassel trim, too. Back in March, Selena Gomez posted a series of photos to her Instagram in a black, cropped jacket heavy on sparkling fringe details. The Only Murders In The Building actress gave us Selena Quintanilla vibes, pairing the jacket with a black, lace bustier, bootcut jeans, black and white combat boots, and thick heart-shaped hoop earrings. The Crown's Gillian Anderson also brought the look to the red carpet, stepping out in a fringed Chloé dress for the 2021 Emmys.
Tess Holliday was also photographed accessorizing her formalwear for The DiscOasis VIP Night at South Coast Botanic Garden. She wore a glittering fringe handbag, proving that the addition of tassels can feel fancy.
Bella Hadid sent a similar message on day one of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, when she wore a dress with tulle fringes lining the hem.
How to Wear Fringe for Fall 2021
It looks as if fringe will be sticking around throughout the fall and winter months, although it's understandable if the over-the-top ways celebrities wear it don't resonate with your day-to-day look (see: Jennifer Aniston's gold fringe pants for her InStyle cover shoot). In fact, Tobi head stylist Joanna Angeles tells InStyle there are many different avenues you can explore when styling an outfit with fringe, from western flare to a touch of glam.
"Fringe is heavily associated with western wear so take it up a notch by pairing a suede or leather fringe jacket with a quality pair of shorts or jeans, cowboy boots — bonus points if they have fringe on the side! — and an elevated crop top," Angeles says.
The detailing is also associated with the fashion stylings of the 1970s, she adds. To channel groovy vibes, Angeles suggests pairing a fringe jacket or purse with flared knit bottoms, a halter top, and platform sandals.
Should you be heading out for date night or drinks with friends and want to add a touch of glam to your outfit, Angeles says there's a fringe for that, too.
"Opt for a fringe that is made out of beads, pearls, or rhinestones and pair the accessory with a bodycon mini dress so the focus goes towards the flair of the fringe," the stylist tells InStyle.
However, if your look is less fashion-forward and more punk, "grab a fringe accented leather skirt, fishnets, combat boots, and a fun tee — don't forget to choose black pieces for that extra edge!"
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