Fringe Benefits

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How to Wear Fringe at 40-50-60 and Beyond

It’s back, folks and today I want to talk about it. I am speaking of fringe. The grainy picture above ought to tell you this fad and fashion piece was once—years ago—very popular and it might come as a surprise to you that it’s back in style for Fall 2015. Fashion trends have a way of repeating themselves every decade or so. How many times have you watched maxi and miniskirts come back in style? I bet some of you have a few items of clothing lurking in your closet or attic that have come back in fashion once or twice over the years.

But we are all a bit older now and the question becomes: Should we jump on the “fringe wagon” and join in the trends? We, of course want to be stylish and there are ways to do this as we advance in age. Unusual pieces, like fringe, can be a temptation for mature women like us, because:

  • We want to be open to trying new trends
  • We feel the need to add some creative items to our wardrobe to keep us looking young and hip
  • We get seduced by the cute” factor and buy without thinking about what we have in our closets to go with it.

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Open any celebrity magazine or watch entertainment TV and you will see celebrities looking great with their killer bodies, wearing the latest fashion trends. I get it. Think Tina Turner or Goldie Hawn or even Jennifer Lopez.

But the question becomes, “Should we?”

It’s fine to wear the latest trends, but a little goes a long way. I try not to combine too many fashion trends into one look. The key is to think quality and quantity. Maybe it’s a good idea to add one funky accessory per outfit, as long as it’s well made. Think fringe sandals or boots with nice jeans and a simple top and jacket. A little goes a long, long way.

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We will never go wrong with classic styles and subtle accessories, but good fashion students also know that everything in style is subjective.

“Every woman must make her own decisions about when the break the rules,” one fashion designer states. “When you come to a certain age, the good news is you’re beyond trends. But what you’re striving for isn’t to look youthful – it’s to look ageless. This way, you’re going to look more fabulous because the look is appropriate for you.”

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While you’ve probably seen a lot of fringe in fashion magazines, we need to be careful about how we add it into our wardrobes.

On a mature gal, fringe pants would only work if you had a really strong fashion personality and you were going somewhere where like a nightclub or rock concert. You could make it look “rock and roll” with an oversized leather coat, simple silk shell, and thick strappy, platform shoes. Fringe tends to look very junior, so if you love the bohemian look of fringe, like I do, I suggest you try just a touch of it, in a purse or scarf, boot or tunic. You would never want more than one piece of fringe at a time.

Here are three ways to work this trend into your wardrobe in a more subtle way in your 40s, 50s and 60s.

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There is nothing more glamorous and timeless than this fringed look, circa 1931:

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Be yourself. You can never go wrong being true to you.

LTD 7 will be featuring fringe in the fall months to come and we will be more than happy to help you accessorize with the latest trends in fashion and purchase gifts for the mature women in your life.

Stop in to one of our locations and see us soon. Enjoy thinking this week of the fashionista in you.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

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