When I was around eight years old, my parents bought me a little girl-sized fringed suede bag. It was a rich hue of butterscotch, and I could wear it across my body. I loved that bag. Where I went, it went. I wore it so much that one of my friends–a girl named Ginger–harassed me at school each day, begging me to give it to her. Not wanting to part with my beloved purse but also reticent to say no to this particular chickadee, I went home and took a Sharpie and wrote my initials all over my beautiful bag. Basically I destroyed it…but also made it much less appealing to Ginger, whose initials were totally different from mine. Part ingenuity, part stupidity, part lack of courage.
Fast-forward to today, and I remain enamored of all things fringed–fringed purses, leather jackets with fringed sleeves, boots embellished with artful shards of leather. By the way, I have finally learned how to say no when I need to. It’s still hard, but, over time, I have honed that voice–the one who speaks up for herself when necessary.
Because it’s a bold look, I wear fringes sparingly. I would never recommend wearing a fringed purse while also sporting a fringed jacket and fringed boots. That’s just way too much going on, and I fear I’d be lost among the raw edges. Worn as one accent piece, however, fringed elements conjure a sense of the Wild West, Native American culture, and the desert. It can be a very sophisticated aesthetic when done right.
Here are some of my favorite fringed wares currently available in stores.
Boots in featured image: Izabel Domed Feather Booties with Chain-Shape Heel by Balmain. $2650.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Tory Burch Farrah Crossbody Bag in Navy Suede. $278.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Cupcakes and Cashmere’s fringed jacket. $135.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Nour Nammour Leather Jacket. $1760.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Givenchy’s Antigona Suede Satchel. $2990.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Nour Hammour Leather Jacket. $2685.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Here is a similar denim fringed jacket for a fraction of the price. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.
Fringed leather crossbody. $49.99. http://www.zara.com.
Boots with fringed tassels. $199.00. http://www.zara.com.
Givenchy Triple Fringe Crossbody. $1390.00. http://www.neiman.marcus.com.
Fringed gray jacket. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.
Fringed boots by Zadig & Voltaire. $528.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Etro Embroidered Deerskin Fringe Crossbody Purse. $2505.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Fringed faux suede jacket. On sale for $25.99. http://www.zara.com.
David Yurman Earrings. $2800.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Fringed bootcut pants by Norma Kamali. $695.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Prada Large Raffia Bag. $1850.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.