Fringe is trending for Fall 2020, so here’s an update of a popular post where a reader asked how to wear fringe with style when you are a mature fashionista.
I purchased a pair of black fringe leggings because “they looked cute” (they fit me too…), and now I’m having second thoughts. Help! Colleen
Unusual pieces like this can be a temptation for mature women because:
- we want to be open to trying new things.
- 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 own 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?
Although fringe is trending, be careful about any fringe piece you add to your wardrobe. These fringe leggings look like a cowboy costume. Even if you were to pair them with a plain top and boots, I’m afraid you’d still end up looking like a wannabe cowhand!
You’d have to have a pretty dramatic fashion personality to wear these. I’m all for having fun with your wardrobe, but even styling them “rock and roll” with an oversized leather coat, simple silk shell, and thick strappy, platform shoes, and wearing them to a nightclub or concert would be going overboard if you are a mature woman.
Here are some modern, classy ways to create fringe outfits that are not over the top.
1. Pair With Modern Streamlined Pieces
A good way to keep a fringe outfit away from costume territory is to pair it with modern, streamlined pieces. Use slim-cut jeans with sharp tailoring, sleek accessories, and a structured bag as your base. Then add a cute fringe top like this When you contrast this sleek base with a fluffy fringe sweater, you get a very fashion-forward ensemble.
2. Keep Fringe to a Minimum
Another way to make sure you don’t creep into the over-the-top territory? Stick to just one fringe piece as your focal point. For example, if you find yourself wearing a super fringey sweater like this white fringe sweater above, you don’t need any more fringe.
This fringe sweater makes a major statement. Don’t try to detract from that by wearing more fringe.
Another way to look right in a fringe outfit is to wear something with just a small touch of fringe. This weave fringe sweater above is a good example. There is fringe at the hem and on the sleeves, but it is small in size and subtle. It doesn’t overpower.
The same with this classic Chanel style fringe jacket. The subtle fringe is classy.
3. Avoid Western Fringe
Here’s a pretty obvious one, but I will mention it anyway. Fringe Clothing with an outright Western feel, such as a button-up denim shirt, is dated and costumey. Go for something more modern like this asymmetrical tunic sweater with its unusual placement of fringe. The way they are using fringe here is more interesting and cutting edge.
4. Don’t Mix Boho Jewelry and Fringe
Relaxed, carefree, crafty boho jewelry might seem like the perfect match for a fringe outfit, but it can actually look too matchy-matchy, and that makes an outfit boring. Forgo the expected turquoise or boho-y beaded jewelry with your fringe.
Instead, pair a fringe shirt or fringe jacket or fringe dress with elegant, sleek, and bold pieces for a more sophisticated looking fringe outfit. These long gold chains uplevel the look of this fringe black dress and make it chic.
This could also be a belt with a touch of fringe worn with your favorite jeans and a top, or wear a fringe necklace with a dress for a current look
5. Accent with Fringe Accessories
There are many ways to wear fringe without looking like an extra in a Wild West film. These cute pieces take fringe from costumey to chic!