FRINGE BEN­E­FITS

Roe McDer­mott on why fringes are once again uber-chic this sea­son.

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Not all trends can claim to have been beloved for cen­turies, but fringe has never gone out of style. Ev­ery­one from the an­cient Greeks to Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe has had a fling with fringing. Homer’s Iliad is full of ref­er­ences to tas­sels, while Some Like It Hot saw Mon­roe giv­ing her tas­sel-be­decked dress a work­out while shim­my­ing around with a ukulele.

Our love af­fair with fringe is un­der­stand­able; who can re­sist a good swish? Tas­sels and fringe add some un­de­ni­able at­ti­tude to an out­fit. Del­i­cate tas­sels evoke the flirty re­bel­lion of the Roar­ing Twen­ties flap­per dresses, while suede and leather fringing in par­tic­u­lar man­age to com­bine the earthy ground­ed­ness of the Wild West with rock chic. Fringing isn’t just a style; it’s an at­ti­tude.

And de­sign­ers were keep­ing that sass in mind for spring, as fringe and tas­sels were ev­ery­where dur­ing the Spring/Sum­mer cat­walks. Fringe was the trim on Acne Stu­dios’ cro­chet dresses, and also em­bel­lished body-con num­bers at Bal­main. Fringe shrouded the body at Nina Ricci’s flam­boy­ant, feather-ac­ces­sorised en­sem­bles, and en­livened the min­i­mal­ist tai­lor­ing at Ellery. Metal­lic fringe added some Ama­zo­nian at­ti­tude to Al­tuzarra’s textured gowns, but was also used to add some in­ter­est to the hems of clas­sic trench­coats at Loewe.

Not ready for full-on fringe? Start by sub­tly adding a tas­seled ac­ces­sory to your out­fit and then work your way up to a big state­ment piece. By June you just might be ready for a pom-pom in­spired en­sem­ble à la Calvin Klein, who added fringed skirts to cheer­leader sweaters and sports sock-in­spired heels. We did warn you that this trend de­manded at­ti­tude!

Mul­ti­coloured tas­sel ear­rings are ab­so­lutely ev­ery­where at the mo­ment, and are the per­fect gate­way ac­ces­sory be­fore you truly go full tas­sel. Bags with fringe or tas­sel trims are also easy to work into your wardrobe, and will add some in­ter­est to even the most ba­sic out­fit. Jack­ets with fringed sleeve de­tail­ing are also great in­vest­ments, and look ef­fort­lessly cool when paired with jeans and a pair of heels. Think of fringed jack­ets as the slightly more free-spir­ited sis­ter to the clas­sic leather jack­ets; they never go out of style.

If choos­ing dresses or tops with fringe em­bel­lish­ment, keep tex­tiles and the heft of the tas­sels in mind, as these can de­cide the over­all tone of your en­sem­ble. All-over skinny fringe that con­stantly shim­mies and swishes will evoke a flap­per­style weight­less­ness, which has that de­light­fully ro­man­tic and ut­terly im­prac­ti­cal whimsy. Knot­ted tas­sels and jewel em­bel­lish­ment evoke the de­lib­er­ate care and cre­ative vibes of a craft-lover. Knot­ted tas­sels com­bined with a strong pat­tern can feel sex­ier, evok­ing the em­bel­lished dé­cor of a Rus­sian boudoir. Mean­while, fringe on an em­broi­dered jacket can feel won­der­fully West­ern, while tas­sels on cro­chet or denim will bring you on a fes­ti­val-friendly sar­to­rial trip back to the Six­ties Sum­mer Of Love.

Get ready to swag­ger and swish.

1.Black tassle jumper €52, Top­shop

2.Elec­tric blue fringe dress €210, Top­shop

3.Tassle Fringed and Stud­ded Body­con Dress, Com­ing soon to Sim­ply Be

4.Rain­bow Tas­sel Denim

Jacket, Com­ing soon to Miss Sel­fridge

5.White Jacquard Black Tas­sel Trim Crop Jacket

6.Sil­ver Tone Fringed

Neck­lace €15.99, TK Maxx 7.Brown Suede Heeled An­kle Boots €120.00, TK Maxx

8.V by Very Tas­sel Block Heel Mule €48, Littlewoods Ire­land

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