Fringe festival

I officially love this season’s Spring/Summer collection. I have to admit my sartorial heart did a little dance when I saw the Burberry show at London Fashion Week. Why?

Fringe, baby, that’s why.

Oh yes, fringe and all things bohemian are back. I love fringe. My love affair with fringe started when Prada released their napa fringe tote in 2007. It really was love at first sight. I lusted over it but unfortunately being 19 and a uni student, I couldn’t afford one.

In 2012, that’s when it all happened. I found my dream fringe bag.

Let me set the scene: I was in India and it was my last day in the country. I had just spent the past two weeks journeying through Rajasthan – we spent our time in beautiful villages, walking through markets, jostling crowds at the Taj Mahal, traipsing through Jaipur, inspecting latrines in old castles… you get the picture. So imagine my delight when flipping through an old copy of Cosmo in Udaipur I found a list of shopping centres in New Delhi. Of course you know what happened next – once my cousin and I were back in New Delhi we ordered a cab to take us to a shopping centre. Browsing through the shops I looked straight ahead and there it was calling my name – the perfect fringe tote. It was by Steve Madden, whose shoes I love so I was very happy to hand over my money for this beautiful bag.

Fringe is a daring trend to try and not one for the faint hearted. Worn correctly you could look all levels of chic, that even fashionistas would shudder in their fringe boots in your presence. Worn incorrectly, you could end up looking like a cowgirl from hicksville. So how to carry off this season’s biggest trend? Check out some fab fringe products below you can introduce into your day to day repertoire:

Fringe bags:

This is probably the easiest way to bring fringe to your outfit. There are plenty of bags on the market and in all colours and textures so it’s simply a matter of finding one that suits your style.

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Sara sling, $29.95 from Sportsgirl
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Top hat troupe pouch, $99 from mimco.com.au.
Fringed Ivy tote, US$328 from Anthropologie.
Fringed Ivy tote, US$328 from Anthropologie.

Fringe shoes:

I own a pair of gold boots with fringe – sounds horrific but I love them! They transform any outfit into rock chic and make me channel David Bowie. Here are some fringe options for your feet – be warned: you need confidence to pull these off so make sure you’re ready to let the world know these boots (or heels) are made for walking!

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Drako heels, $99.95 from heelsteal.com.au.
Supertrash Hidden Wedge Luna Suede Fringed Boots, $255 from asos.com.au.
Supertrash Hidden Wedge Luna Suede Fringed Boots, $255 from asos.com.au. 

Fringe jacket:

For those ready to take the plunge into next level fringe, shout it out proud to the world in fringe jackets! The best ones are in leather but if that’s out of your price range, a nice suede jacket also works a treat. These are super fun and you can dress them up (with some nice black skinny jeans, white singlet and silver chain necklace) or dress them down (floral summer dress, ankle boots).

Splurge alert: Balmain fringe leather biker jacket, $6,058 from net-a-porter.com.
Splurge alert: Balmain fringe leather biker jacket, $6,058 from net-a-porter.com. 
Save: Vegan leather jacket by Blank Denim, $179.50 from shopbop.com.
Save: Vegan leather jacket by Blank Denim, $179.50 from shopbop.com. 

Fringe scarf:

Nothing spruces up an old outfit like a scarf and with the temperatures dropping (in the Southern Hemisphere anyway) now’s the perfect time to invest in a scarf that’s on trend and functional.

Programica scarf, $149 from mimco.com.au.
Programica scarf, $149 from mimco.com.au.  
Chevron knit wool blend scarf by Missoni, $152 from theoutnet.com.
Chevron knit wool blend scarf by Missoni, $152 from theoutnet.com.
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