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