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How to Wear Fringe This Fall

Free People Fringe Dress
Free People Fringe Dress

If you pore over fashion magazines, style blogs, and the Instagram feeds of trendsetters, it’s pretty clear that the stylish set can’t seem to get away from the 1970s. The prints, shapes, and styles from the golden era of boho chic were all so flattering that they just keep coming back. You can go full throttle and wear head-to-toe boho, a la Stevie Nicks, or you can pump the brakes a bit and tone it down with a subtle accessory.

If you still aren’t sure if you can pull off peasant tops and flared jeans, culottes, and wide legs we can help. My style advice is to stick to one look that you’re comfortable with and incorporate key pieces into your existing wardrobe.

Anna Sui Fall 2015
Anna Sui Fall 2015

The easiest and most versatile look to try from the boho trend is fringe. There are simple fringe styles for everyday and wild looks for evening. Plus, fringe can be modern enough to take you all the way into the holiday season.

Zara Fringed Skirt $70
Zara Fringed Skirt $70

Don’t be intimidated. If you’re a true fringe-phobe, there are subtle ways to work fringe into your wardrobe with accessories and shoes. AND for those bold enough to wear fringe for days—we’ve got you covered. Fringe for everyone!

Thrift stores are a great (and sometimes inexpensive) stop to source your retro goods. And for the rest of us who prefer to avoid the aroma of an attic, there are plenty of new boho pieces available at retailers like Zara and Free People.


If you’re not ready for full-on-fringe try adding one piece at a time. Or keep the ensemble simple and work fringe into your look with accessories. Above from left: Fringe skirt (Zara $70); fringe sandal (J.Crew $118); fringe bucket bag (Zara $100); fringe necklace (Madewell $55).

simple fringe SKIRT outfit

A monochromatic look with a simple single-tier fringe skirt is manageable and understated. Clockwise from left: Fringe skirt (Zara $70); cashmere t-shirt (J. Crew $148); foldover clutch (Clare V. $209); booties (Zara $100). 

Style advice: Black is a great shade for trying a new trend because everything blends in, and yet you won’t attract too much attention if the outfit is an epic failure.

fringe Shoe collage

Shoes are a great way to have fun with fringe and not go overboard. Clockwise from top left: Black leather ankle boots (Zara $119); silver loafer (Sole Society $70); red fringe heel (Chinese Laundry $100),;gold fringe heel (Steve Madden $130); Tiered black knee boot (Ivy Kirzhner at Intermix $950); brown ankle boots (Topshop $150); white fringe bootie (Topshop $160); blue fringe sandal (Paul Andrew for J. Crew $300); tiered fringe knee boot (Zara $180).

Style advice: if you’re really into the tiered knee-high fringe boot, maybe pair it with basics so you’re not overwhelmed.


Keeping it simple is another good strategy for trying a trend. You can even try two boho pieces with this look: the wide-leg cropped pant or culottes with fringe shoes.

Pair the pant and shoe with a modern top and you get sleek and work appropriate. Clockwise from left: Cropped patio pant (J.Crew $98); short sleeve popover shirt (J. Crew $78); fringe strappy heel (Zappos $200). 

fringe for days

If you’re never too timid to take on a trend, we have a few key fringe finds for you. From left: Fringe vest (Topshop $90); Tiered fringe skirt (Intermix $595); Fringe maxi dress (Topshop $58); tiered fringe cape (Burberry $10,000).

Maybe a $10,000 tiered fringe cape is a little too much. There are probably three people in the world who could and should pull this look off…but you might be one of them!

If you’re not afraid of fringe you have no restrictions, feel free to add any and all of the fringe finds mentioned above to your arsenal. Fringe Forever!



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