When it was first spotted on the runway, and worn by quirk queens like singer Katy Perry, the fringe dress was compared to a haystack outfit. But now, the goddesses of fearless fashion, including desi divas who love dangerous dressing, seem to have found a fondness for the style.
At this year’s spring summer shows by international labels such as Tom Ford, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Marchesa and Herve Ledger, the fringe dress emerged as the coveted new thing to try. Hollywood is drooling over the trend, with everyone, from actors Emma Watson and January Jones to model Blake Lively, seen sporting those whacky hemlines. Closer home, actors Malaika Arora Khan and Prachi Desai have been seen in the shred-stuff.
So, what is it about the style that makes it hot property? The fact that fringes can add oomph to the simplest outfits, say stylists. "Short fringe dresses look fabulous at evening parties," says designer Jyotee Khaitan. They’re a pleasant change from patterns and prints, and also from the convenient LBD.
What sort suits you?
"If you have long, toned legs, go for a short fringed dress or skirt. Those whose gams aren’t so gifted need to be a tad more cautious. Also, make sure not to sport fringed boots or bag with it," says designer Sabbah Sharma. Designer Pam Mehta says, "Colours like soft pinks and peaches, or even bold reds and blacks look elegant. They suit any figure, as they’re loose-fitting and fall straight. They’re also a great way of concealing a heavy tummy. Team a fringe dress with a short bolero top to add that edge."
Getting the fringe look right
One at a time: Wear one fringed piece at a time. Fringes catch a lot of attention, so, don’t end up looking like a clown by sporting an outfit that has fringes all over.
Pick a good-quality piece: The appeal of fringing owes a lot to the way it moves, so pay attention to buying quality fabrics that don’t clump together unattractively.
Accessorise less: Do not accessorise too much; just wear a statement cuff or nice earrings, and wear a dressy pair of shoes. You can also use hair accessories to add a little more glamour.
No-nos: Never team fringed skirts with a heavily embellished top. If you’re not very tall, pair your fringe dress with stilettos to make your legs look long and slender.
Other fringed stuff:
If a fringe skirt or dress isn’t your thing, team a fringe jacket with skinny jeans and high heels for that classy look. Fringe bags and clutches, too, can instantly pep up your look.