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.

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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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