Vogue a Trois: Fringe Benefits

Posted on April 28, 2014, 10:10 am
4 mins


From handbags to shoes, jeans to jackets, the fringe trend is making an appearance in full force and will be swinging its way from summer into fall 2014. Why do I love this trend? It brings movement and texture to one’s look, a rebellious feeling that is spot on. A little goes a long way, so embracing this trend takes a little restraint, concentrating on a main piece that speaks for itself.

For my Vogue A Trois this week I have chosen a piece that is a combination of a couple of current trends: the varsity jacket and floral print, Rebecca Minkoff’s Alma silk bomber jacket. This great little jacket is an ideal piece to anchor your look and adding fringe pieces gives it a street style look that is spot on.

Fringe Benefits #1

Another old friend that has reappeared in a more modern silhouette is the little denim dress. Rachel Zoe’s Callie Denim Dress is a great little sheath with an exposed zipper and pockets, and it is picture-perfect under the silk varsity jacket. Keep it casual with Superga’s Cotu-Flowery Sneakers and a little groovy with a set of Beats Wireless On-Ear Black Headphones. Another trend that is hot? Two tone sunglasses—and this Tory Burch Panama Rounded pair is super cute. The Fallon Jewelry Liquid Fringe Cuff Bracelet adds a little “fringe benefit” to the intentionally informal look.

Fringe Benefits #2

The varsity jacket is silk, so it can be a funky addition to your night on the town attire. This black polka dot silk dress from Greylin is sexy and sweet and I paired it with the 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Flat Zip. Its calfhair polka dots that are the inverse of the dress pattern. Don’t get me started on these incredible sandals: The Gucci Suede Fringe Ankle Strap Sandals are super hot and they want to go dancing. Don’t be shy about adding a little more fringe with accessories—Rebecca Minkoff makes an “Earth Eclectic” Fringe Chandelier Earring that are a little detail that add a lot.

Fringe Benefits #3


Theyskens’ Theory Check Fringe Detailed Payden S Jeans not only have a super long name, they also have incorporated the fringe trend in a subtle yet cool detail. The front of the legs sport a small cut-out fringe pattern that is seriously chic. The IRO Perforated Print Tank keeps the look long and lean, and rose gold jewelry is a mod contrast to the black and white clothing. I liked both the H&M fringe short necklace and the Gorjana Infinity II Ring. Strappy little Marci Sandals from Coach add a feminine touch. Rock Stella McCartney’s Falabella Fringe Shoulder Bag and Tom Ford’s Saskia Sunglasses for a double whammy of gorgeous glamour. Sunglasses this season are go-big-or-go-home, so try a larger frame that still suits the shape of your face.

Fringe is often associated with a western or boho look, but this season the fringe details have more of a rock-and-roll edge to them and they add both glamour and attitude. This look will continue into Fall 2014, so choosing fringe pieces that will translate from summer into fall is a smart approach to keeping in touch with the trends.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.

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