How to Create a Fringe Outfit That Isn’t Costumey

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.

Hello Deborah,

fringe pants

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

Hi 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.

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5 Good Reasons to Own a Colorful Fringe Jacket

I’ve been looking for a colorful fringe jacket for a very long time, so it was a no brainer when I finally found this one. A fringe jacket like this works on so many levels.  Here’s why I love it, plus 5 good reasons you may want one too.

Coral Fringe Jacket, coral tank top, jeans and quilted tan shoulder bag worn by Deborah Boland

1.  A Colorful Fringe Jacket Adds Polish

Any jacket worn with jeans and a top will instantly pull your outfit together, but some jackets can look a little serious or stiff.  My fringe jacket is an interesting combination of chic meets playful, which means you will look polished but not stuffy.

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How To Dress Boho Style And Not Look Too Hippie

If you think of yourself as a bit of a gypsy, then Boho fashion is the perfect way to express your earthy, artsy personality.

Boho chic was all the rage in the ’60s and early ’70s and has seen a revival in the last few years because of celebrities like Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and the Olsen Twins. They’ve embraced this natural look and added their own touch of glitz and glam for a more hippie-luxe look.

No question, boho is fun to wear, but how do you style it without looking like you’re stuck in the ’70s? Here’s how to dress boho style without looking like an old hippie.

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More Fall Fashion Trends You Don’t Want to Miss

Yesterday I touched on some exciting 2017 Fall Fashion Trends that you’re going to want to start thinking about incorporating into your wardrobe. They were:

  1. Red Trend
  2. 70’s Style
  3. Futuristic Metallics
  4. Classics Deconstructed
  5. Winter Florals

Today, Part II of What’s Trending for September and Beyond…….

Modern Cowboy Trend


6. Modern Cowboy

Also referred to as New Americana, this crafty, homespun trend runs the gamut from kitschy cacti motifs to Texas Tuxedos (a.k.a., head-to-toe denim). For grown-up gals, It’s best served in small doses.

Great fitting jeans with a cowboy-boot-inspired pair of mules, leather vest, or patchwork print scarf will make you look hip and on-trend. A cowhide print prairie dress with cowboy boots, on the other hand, carries the risk of making you look like a long-lost cast member of Little House on the Prairie. Keep it chic, not costumey. Continue reading “More Fall Fashion Trends You Don’t Want to Miss”


Subtle Ways to Wear The 70’s Style Trend

If you grew up in the 70’s, you probably have a lot of fond memories of flared jeans, suede clothing, and boho style outfits. This fall the beat goes on because the 70’s are back in a big way.

How do you wear this trend the second time around without looking or feeling like you’re stuck in a time warp?  Here are three subtle, grown-up ways to dress 70’s style.

70's style suede skirt white shirt

Look Boho Glam In A Suede Skirt

Remember the classic button-up suede miniskirt we wore in 1974?  It’s popping up in stores again, but don’t let that turn you off completely. Continue reading “Subtle Ways to Wear The 70’s Style Trend”