I purchased a pair of black fringe leggings because “they looked cute” (they, fit me too…) but I have no clue what to wear them with, and now I’m having second thoughts.
Unusual pieces like this can be a temptation for mature women because:
- We want to be open to trying new trends
- We feel the need to add some creative items to our wardrobe to keep us looking young and hip
- We get seduced by the cute” factor and buy without thinking about what we have in our closets to go with it.
I can pretty much bet that you justified your purchase by telling yourself that since these were a dark color, you probably had something at home to wear them with …right???
While you’ve probably seen a lot of fringe in fashion magazines, you need to be careful about how you add it into your wardrobe. These fringe leggings look almost like a cowboy costume. Even if you were to pair them with a simple top and boots, I am afraid you’d still end up looking like a wanna be cowhand!
On a mature gal, fringe pants would only work if you had a really strong fashion personality and you were going somewhere where like a nightclub or rock concert. You could make it look “rock and roll” with an oversized leather coat, simple silk shell, and thick strappy, platform shoes. Even then…
I’m all for having some fun with your wardrobe, but these pants are just over the top in my opinion!
Here are three ways to work this trend into your wardrobe in a more subtle way.
How to Style Fringe
- Pair Fringe With Clean Shapes
The best way to make sure fringe stays away from costume territory? Pair it with streamlined, modern pieces. Think clean-lined bags and blouses, slim-cut pants and pieces with sharp tailoring. When items like this are contrasted with fringe, the look suddenly becomes about lines and movement, making it a very fashion-forward ensemble.
2. Pass on Boho Jewelry
Forgo the expected turquoise or boho-y jewelry with your fringe. Instead, pair a fringe shirt or fringe jacket with 1 or 2 bold pieces, like an arm cuff or bib style necklace. Choosing pieces in a similar color palette to your fringe piece gives your outfit continuity and keeps your look fresh.
Keep Fringe to a Minimum
Another way to make sure you don’t creep into the over-the-top territory? Limit the number of fringed pieces in your look. Just go for one fab statement piece.
Don’t choose fringed items that have an outright Western feel (such as a button-up denim shirt). Instead, choose items that have fringe added as an unexpected touch- like an evening clutch in a boxy shape with fringe on the front, or a simple t-shirt with fringe details at the neck.
Also, dont pick fringed items that have an outright Western feel (such as a button-up denim shirt). Instead, choose items that have fringe added as an unexpected touch- like an evening clutch in a boxy shape with fringe on the front, or a simple t-shirt with fringe details at the neck.
Here are a few more ideas for how to wear fringe without looking like an extra in a Wild West film. These cute pieces take fringe from cowboy to chic!