Fringes made a huge comeback and are everywhere for the past decade – on denim and leather jackets, ankle boots and wedge sandals, on various accessories and other fashion details. Actually, fringe trim has been on and off in a style and fashion world but never disappears. Let’s take a look at a piece of history about this embellishment.

Fashionable woman with fringed leather jacket

Photo by Gintautas Rapalis

It is believed that the first footsteps of fringes were in ancient Mesopotamia, but the greatest existence of it was in Native American culture. Some tribes used fringes not only as a decoration but in a practical way as well. Have you ever thought that fringes keep you from getting wet in the rain as tassels help raindrops to fall down? Well, Native Americans sure thought about it. However, the golden age of fringe embellishment in fashion was in 1920’ when it was used on the ends of dresses in order to extend the length. In 1970’ it was completely reborn as most influential worldwide designers used it in their collections, fashion icons and celebrities made it visible and trending until nowadays.

Fashionable woman with fringed leather jacket

Photo by Gintautas Rapalis

However, in a world where one has an ability to reach so many clothes, fringe accessories and shoe fringes might become a threat to your style. The secret is to maintain a balance – less is more. Unless, of course, you are preparing for a theme party and strive for a stunning cowgirl look.