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.Farrah Fringe Suede Phone Crossbody Bag


Cupcakes and Cashmere’s fringed jacket. $135.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Genesis Shawl-Collar Fringe Jacket

Nour Nammour Leather Jacket. $1760.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Retrograde Leather Fitted Jacket with Draped Fringe


Givenchy’s Antigona Suede Satchel. $2990.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Antigona Small Fringed Suede Satchel Bag

Antigona Small Fringed Suede Satchel Bag

Nour Hammour Leather Jacket. $2685.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Vista Studded Fringe Leather Jacket

Here is a similar denim fringed jacket for a fraction of the price. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.

Image 1 of FRINGED DENIM JACKET from Zara

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.

Triple Fringed Suede Crossbody Bag

Fringed gray jacket. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.

Image 1 of FRINGED JACKET from Zara

Fringed boots by Zadig & Voltaire. $528.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Carla Plus Fringed Western Boots

Etro Embroidered Deerskin Fringe Crossbody Purse. $2505.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Embroidered Deerskin Fringe Shoulder Bag


Fringed faux suede jacket. On sale for $25.99. http://www.zara.com.


David Yurman Earrings. $2800.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Stax Silver Fringe Earrings with Diamonds

Fringed bootcut pants by Norma Kamali. $695.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.


Fringed Boot-Cut Pants

Prada Large Raffia Bag. $1850.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Large Rafia Tote

2 Comments on “On the Fringes

  1. Love your choices Terri! I love fringes! I need to look at the Zara site you’ve listed. Excellent ideas!


  2. Thank you sweet Susan for taking the time to check it out. I very much appreciate it. You are my only faithful reader at this point I think.


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