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Spring 2014 trend: fringe

One of the biggest trends for the spring 2014 season is the usage of fringe with accessories and apparel. This detail adds fun texture to any look. Whether applied conservatively, or used so copiously that a woman shimmers when she walks, it can suit all.

A model walks the runway at the 3.1 Phillip Lim fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 9, 2013 in New York City.
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A bag detail is seen as a model walks the runway during Valentino show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on October 1, 2013.
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The fringe is a trend that has been revived over and over again for more than one hundred years. Examples through history include: Annie Oakley in the 1880s, dancers and socialites of the 1920s, the Bohemian movement of the 1970s, and Vegas showgirls of the last half of the 20th century. A revival of fringe occurred with the release of The Great Gatsby movie in 2013. Maybe one of these versions of the history of fringe suits you?

Some Spring/Summer 2014 collections which featured the fringe trend included: Celine, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein, and Emilio Pucci. Retailers who currently offer their own takes on the fringe trend include Milly, Bebe, H&M, Ann Taylor, and Mango. With options at every price point, why would you not give it a try?

The fringe trend can be displayed subtly or it can be a dominant part of your outfit. For subtle touches one can consider a fringed sandal or a short fringe on a clutch purse. However, with fringe fans there is much potential on the sales racks this season! Long fringe attached to purses, outerwear, dresses, and tops provide a lot for fashionistas to work with this spring.

If you are worried about the fringe bulking up your outfit, a monochrome look or just some hints of fringe in your accessories – even jewelry! – will give you some part of the fringe trend. The fabric usage with fringe this season ranges from suede and leather to silk and wool. As spring progresses into summer, and then summer fades into fall, know that you have many options with the fringe trend of spring/summer 2014.

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