Fall 2015 Trend: “Fringe” Through the Decades

This Autumn we have seen fringe everywhere, from high end brands/stores like Free People and Gucci..to Target and Forever 21. Here is how this trend has developed over the decades. Fringe styles have came a long way from Native Americans, to the bohemian theme we see often. Lets take a look into how this Fall 2015 fashion trend has developed through the years.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 9.28.49 PMSince fringe has recently been making its comeback since early spring of 2015, now that it is fall many staple pieces include fringe. It is not as original as stores make it seem. Native American tribes were the first to incorporate fringe. Fringe was often made out of leather, which is also another recurring fashion trend, to use as a form of repelling water (refinery29.com). Fringe was shown not only as a fashion piece to Native Americans but also as a part of their culture.  The next big fringe fashion statement were in the 1920’s as flappers. During that era, women earned the right to vote, which resulted in less structured clothing according to the Today Style article. Not too long after the 1920’s and 1930’s did the Rock ‘n’ Roll era occur. This fringe detailing was on leather biker jackets on rock stars. Elvis Presley was a key celebrity supporting that fierce trend of biker jackets. Not too long after this rock star era was hippie and western styles. The western vibe was inspired from Native American history and brought into a western style. This western style had feathers in the fringe detailing. This included pants, dresses, and vest except more into neutral shades of suede. Cher was a icon that showed her western style through her fashion choices and music in the 1970’s. During the late 60’s and 1970’s the hippie era is was created and seen in festivals.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 9.29.03 PMThis was a mixture of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Western, and now a hippie bohemian style. Stars like Roger Daltry and Jimi Hendrix embraced this fashion trend on stage at Woodstock. Jimi Hendrix wore headbands fringe jackets and from then on this festival look has become iconic in today’s festivals. Fringe was not only making its way on stage during but also on stage for award shows and other major concerts. In the 1980’s fringe was seen in performances because the fringe created great movement for performers. Fringe dresses also added a sense of classic style mixed with a dramatic statement for stars in award shows. In the 80’s Tina Turner wore glittery fringe outfits onto many performances on stage which got the spotlight on one of many costumes like hers.

Today, fringe is seen everywhere since it is a current trend in the Fall of 2015. It is now a matter of who isn’t wearing it, than who is wearing this trend. Today fashion designers and icons have been displaying and creating this trend. Stars like Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and the “Queen of Coachella” Vanessa Hudgens have shown different ways to wear this fringe trend resembling to the 1920’s, 70’s and 90’s eras.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 9.29.15 PMFrom festivals like Coachella to fashion shows across the globe, fringe is seen on celebrities, street style, and everyday wear on clothing and accessories. Brands like Free People, Rebecca Minkoff , Chanel, Gucci, and more have incorporated fringe in their products. Stores like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and Pac Sun display a lot of clothing trending on fringe, leather, and suede. The fringe era that is popular now would be the 1970’s with leather, suede, and denim fabrics in the spot light. This 70’s trend comes with all the fringe which a diverse age group enjoy. Younger generations enjoy fringe because it adds accents and details in a different way. Older generations have lived through the 70’s and are appealed to this repeat trend. Fringe is seen in accessories in purses, gloves, jewelry, and footwear. Stuart Weitzman, Gucci, and Valentino are examples of brands that have expanded fringe onto boots, sandals, and even heels. High end fashion brands to more affordable stores, even Target, has many options available to shop this trend. With no barrier in terms of income for consumers, this trend  is beneficial for designers and buyers. Fringe accessories and clothing are easily accessible from all spectrums but it is how an individual styles the items that helps influence others.

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(Pictured above: Rebecca Minkoff 2015 Fall Fashion Show)

With the current popularity of fringe in the media, stores, and online stores the easy accessible trend has made its way back on top. Fringe is easy to find for consumers in a wide variety of stores displaying different styles. With its recent comeback, designers and buyers have been profitable in giving and creating what society wants. Whether it is a leather fringe jacket, or a flapper dress fringe today are staple pieces in everyday wear, special occasions, and accessories.


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Greenberg, Rachel. “Fashion Flashback: Fringe! See the Trend, from Rock ‘n Roll to Runway.” TODAY.com. Today Style, 25 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

Marinelli, Gina. “5 Beloved Trends That Repeated Through History.” Refinery29. Trend Tracker, 5 Feb. 2015. Web. 03 Oct. 2015.


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