Fringe Attack!

The Fringed Tuxedo Blazer

In an effort to implement the “I see it, I like it, I make it” philosophy, I’ve taken to flexing my creative muscles while scouring the ‘net for style inspiration. For example, fringe is like, the magical elixir of all trimmings. Adding it to any item of clothing just makes it that much cooler. And for a fraction of the price of a store-bought piece! In this case, fringe amps up the style on this tuxedo blazer using the following steps:

  1. Go the economical route by purchasing a black blazer or tuxedo blazer from a well-stocked vintage or thrift store. Chances are, it won’t be in your size, but when going big, make sure the blazer isn’t so big that the details and fit get completely warped when altering it to your measurements. At least make sure it’s a decent length. On Ashley, it sits nicely around the hip area.
  2. If necessary –and I’m sure it will be– customize the fit to your size at your local tailor (or DIY if you have those skills). To create a more relaxed look, crop the sleeves if desired.
  3. Buy yards and yards of black fringe from a craft store to cover the front, back and sleeves of the blazer.
  4. Get to sewing on the fringe!
  5. Style Tips: Variations abound! Go the daring route and use fringe in a different color from a more subtle gray shade to a vibrant magenta hue. Or, in the event that you actually come across a second-hand blazer in this year’s “It” neutral, contrast leopard-print fabric with layers of black fringe. A saucy swish of the shoulders uncovers the garment’s wild side.

The Fringed Leather Bag

Yes, the Olsen twins are a guilty pleasure of mine. From their book, Inspiration, to the Olsens Anonymous blog, I must admit (somewhat begrudgingly)– I do love their style. There’s this effortless, grunge yet glamorously edgy quality to the way they dress (a lot of it has to do with their never-changing Kurt Cobain-esque locks).

Plus…I love the fringe. *giggles with glee*

The above image of Mary Kate gives me much inspiration for a fringed leather bag. You got a lovingly worn-in black leather bag that needs “updating?” Here’s a suggestion:

  1. Purchase strips of leather that matches the color of the bag.
  2. Cut them so they fringe.
  3. Instead of sewing them on horizontally as usual, use heavy-duty thread meant for leather garments to affix your DIY fringe vertically. Create 6 columns on each side of the bag. Make sure there are 2 layers of fringe per column to create a fuller effect.
  4. Style Tips: If desired, attach studs on the vertical edges of the bag.

Bunches of Fringe

Louis Vuitton, Summer 2011 –a fringe-ful delight! In contrast to the trends in recent seasons that embraced the proper, the goth and the nomad, Marc Jacobs indulged in the playful as evidenced by luges of color and fringe accents. I was so enamored by the 3-dimensional polka-dots in the image above that I didn’t realize they weren’t fringe until I completed making the collage. But whatever. His initial pieces consisted of suits and cheongsams covered in those little islands of fringe, so why not apply the concept to his other pieces?

  1. Buy two slinky garments for a base; either a jumper, a lingerie slip or other free-flowing one-piece in solid colors.
  2. Purchase yards of fringe in a contrasting color. Get fringe that is shorter in length that the fringe you would use on the DIY tuxedo blazer above.
  3. Cut the fringe into many pieces about 3 to 5 inches long.
  4. To prep the base, you’re going to create the colorblock effect above by combining your two garments.
  5. Sew on your pieces of fringe generously throughout the base.
  6. Style Tips: for a more subdued vibe, use only one color for the base. Another tip: attach little groups of fringe to anything you own.

Happy fringing!! May “being on the fringes” never be a negative thing!

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