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Trend to Try: How to Wear Fringe

Some trends in clothing make appearances and then try again another three or four years later. One such trend from recent years emerging for winter fashion is fringe. Keep reading to learn how to embrace the fringe trend without looking like you are heading to the rodeo.


Fringe originally was used as a way to keep fabric from unraveling when not hemmed. It was both decorative and practical. Now it’s an ornamental detail, commonly sewn on and not just on the edge or hem. While it is heavily associated with western wear or the 20s flappers, there are a variety of sophisticated ways to wear this detail. Wear it on tops, jackets, skirts or shoes. Don’t forget most ponchos, wraps and scarves have fringe details.

For a classy look, combine the cozy aesthetics of a knit sweater with fringe, like this one from Ann Taylor. This piece is easily styled for the office with tailored ankle pants and loafers.

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Sweater- Ann Taylor; option pants- similar; earrings- Amazon; necklace- similar; loafers- Ann Taylor

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This sweater just as easily dresses down with jeans and boots. Whether you choose to go business or casual, you will be warm in this sweater. Choose modern streamlined straight leg jeans and sleek boots so they don’t compete with the fringe on the top, especially if wearing a sweater with more fringe or details.

Jeans/ boots/ purse/ earrings

Another way to wear this winter trend is to don some fringe boots. You don’t have to go over the top with the detail if boho isn’t your style. You can still rock this trend in a classic way by choosing a pair of boots with just a moderate amount of fringe. Pair them with classic pieces like a sweater dress layered with a long duster cardigan. When wearing fringe boots, let them be the statement piece and keep the outfit streamlined so it doesn’t compete.

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We’ve all become accustomed to easy cozy clothing thanks to the pandemic, but both of these looks merge cozy with dressy and add a fun trend.

This is definitely a wearable trend for the woman over 40. If you don’t want to attract a lot of attention, pass on the flambouyant fringe jackets and tall boots, and wear the trend in a more subtle way. You can even experiment with this detail in just accessories.

Deborah at Fabulous Over 40 outlines more modern, classy ways to wear this trendy detail.

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