Fringe Benefit

As I made my way toward the runway during Charleston Fashion Week, the sway of swishing multi-colored beaded fringe captivated my attention. There before me was one of my favorite looks from the entire week – a lightweight, linen ivory summer vest – worn by a PYT in line for a cocktail. From the front, it appeared a somewhat understated summer essential. From the back came the surprise. As she made a slightly exaggerated turn, the long suede pieces covered in iridescent blue beads, danced before my eyes.

I had to ask – “Where did you get this?” She responded, “Oh, in Birmingham at a boutique called Swank.”

Lucky enough for me, I was heading to the ‘Ham the following week for one of my best friend’s weddings. Swank, here I come!

From the toe-grazing Jil Sander fringed mini-dress featured in the pages of Vogue to the more casual Phillip Lim fringed tunic at Beanie + Cecil, the fringe has firmly returned. Now’s the time to decide on flapper fringe or prairie princess.


Jil Sander dress Jil Sander dress

To work this look into your spring wardrobe, try:

1) Remembering a little goes a long way. If you’re wearing a fringed top or dress, stick with clean lines and simplistic accessories.

2) Adding a touch of fringe with a pair of fringed gladiators or a fringe-trimmed handbag.

3) When wearing suede fringe, add at least one other natural element or texture, such as feather earrings, to add some boho cred.

4) Give fringe a fresh take with a cotton floral print like Jessie Williams’ new handmade “Pocahontas” dress, $115 at Edge of Urge. Add a denim jacket and cropped boots for a walk on the wilder side.

 Handmade “Pocahontas” dress by Jessie Williams $115 at Edge of Urge

Handmade “Pocahontas” dress by Jessie Williams $115 at Edge of Urge

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