Trend Alert: Fringe Fest

Style has taken a swingy turn, with fringe-festooned dresses, jackets and accessories standing out as must-haves this season. And unlike many other hot trends that make fashion followers look like clones of each other, this one can be interpreted in many different ways, allowing for some — gasp! — individuality. Got some dapper flapper in you? Charleston the night away in a flirty fringed dress. Can't let go of the boho trend? Mellow out to your heart's content in a diced suede jacket. The possibilities are endless and can be overwhelming. Here's a cheat sheet for how to achieve the sassy tasseled look you want.

  • '20s Again Flapper-style dresses are making their moment on the red carpet. Celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Emmy Rossum have been shimmying from event to event in them with flair. But take note: Many of the jazzy numbers out there are short, due to the rising hemlines that designers preferred this season. If baring your legs (and thighs) makes you squeamish, fear not. Turn your frock into a tunic and pair it over opaque tights or even pants for a thoroughly modern look.
  • Wild West Channel your inner cowgirl and sport a fringed leather or suede jacket. The obvious match for your home-on-the-range topper is a pair of jeans, and, on the flip side, you can team a well-loved denim jacket with leather or suede pants for more of a rock-and-roll look. Want to bring some lady to your look? Pair a ruffled top with a fringed skirt and boots. And for those of you who can't let go of boho, there are knit dresses with fringe hems to be paired with high boots and those ubiquitous large shades.
  • That '70s Show Fringed satin scarves reminiscent of the seventies donned the necks and even heads of models at the runway shows. From innocent ivories to majestic jewel tones, scarves are the perfect accent to any outfit without going overboard.
  • "It" Bag Alert Fringed bags are quickly making their way to the top of the hip list in browns and black from brands like Kooba and Coach for fall and bold brights from big names like Prada for spring.
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