Fringe Benefits

  

Spring is finally here; even though New York has not gotten the memo. Today I’m going to share the latest Spring trend. Festival season is approaching and events like Coachella are right around the corner. If you have browsed your favorite urban retailers you probably already know that Fringe is back. I’m gonna share a little history and then show you how to put a modern spin on it so people won’t think you’re just stuck in the past. 

  

Native American tribes of the Plains created garments with fringe, which served as a type of gutter that repelled rainwater from the wearer. Fringe was a border or edge of hanging threads, cords, or strips, and was often found on garments made from suede, leather, and buckskin. 

  

Fringe first became a decorative fashion embellishment in the 1920s as part of the flapper look, a popular dress style for women. Skirts suddenly rose above the knee for the first time in Western history, and fringe was used to add a bit of length to the daring styles.

  

 The use of Native American fringe was an outgrowth of the hippie movement of the late 1960s, a youth movement that stressed the rejection of mainstream values and a relaxation of moral standards and personal conduct. 

  

   If social oppression isn’t at the top of your political agenda and you just want to know how to wear fringe and make a statement without upsetting your ancestors your safest bet is to go with a clutch. 

   

If you are more of a free spirit then maybe a fringe kimono is more your speed. There are tons of styles available and paired with jeans and a t shirt or your brightest pair of Disco pants you will be sure to turn heads while listening to your favorite band or relaxing with your friends on the grasslands. 

  

A bold color is a great way to do modern fringe. The Spring  and summer are the perfect time to pick up a bright pink bag.

 

The bucket bag is also a returning trend. Kill two birds with one stone with this fringe option.  If the bolder styles are a little intimidating start smaller with this petite suede fringe purse. The delicate gold chain detail makes it ideal for a date or Sunday brunch.

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