Fringe fashion can trace its origins all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia, when — as sculptures from that time period reveal — Sumerian people wore garments woven with shaggy material cut into petal shapes.Since its first appearance thousands of years ago, the fringe — defined as a border or edge of hanging threads, cords or strips — has popped up in different civilizations in different eras. For Native American tribes, thought to be another pioneer of the trend, fringe tassels were used on leather and suede clothing to help repel water away from the body. Fringe made another appearance as lustrous tinsel on the flapper dresses in the 1920s, and again on leather jackets in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Today, fringe fashion is reminiscent of all these trends, manifesting as Native American-inspired jackets, bags and boots, 1920s flappers-style dresses and skirts and much more. While pulling inspiration from the past, the fringe design trend continues to evolve and surprise with different materials, cuts and styles.

Are you a fan of the fierce, feisty, forever fashionable fringe? Here are our favorite fringe-inspired tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories to fringe-ify your wardrobe.

14 Ways To Wear Fringe in 2022

1. Denim Fringe Jacket

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The newly-listed western-inspired jacket has a dramatic fringe detail and adorable cropped cut. The denim makes it lighter and perfect for warmer days and cooler nights. Pair it with shorts, jeans, a mini skirt or mini dress for a super cute look.

Price: $34.99 at Amazon


2. ‘Shake It Off’ Fringe Dress

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Our longtime love affair with Lulu’s is no secret. Unsurprisingly, the online retailer has a plethora of fringe dresses we’re wild about, like this swishy, shimmery white mini fringe dress. It’s got white, see-through mesh over a beige lining decorated with fringe, beads and sequins. Note: You can join the waitlist for this dress, which is available starting July 14.

Price: $79 at Lulus


3. Nelly Beige Suede Fringe Boots

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Playful and endlessly versatile, a solid pair of fringe boots can complement a wide range of outfits on a whole spectrum of occasions. We love these flirty beige suede boots from Pink Lily because they can pair with a summery dress just as well as with a great pair of jeans and a chunky sweater. The heels and fringe detail are just bold enough to be eye-catching without overwhelming.

Price: $54 at Pink Lily


4. Faux Suede Fringe Mini Skirt

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This “prairie-inspired” mini skirt has a flattering fitted silhouette and high waistline — perfect for wearing with a bralette. The cheeky short skirt is layered with tiers of sturdy, faux-suede fringe that give it a cowgirl-y kind of feel.

Price: $29.99 at Sheplers


5. Good Days Crochet Harness

Image: Free People

This golden fringe crochet harness is the accessory we didn’t even know we needed. The harness is crocheted from rayon with a neck strap, adjustable back loops and, of course, dangling fringe tassel. Wear it over a crop or tank top to transform an everyday look into a head-turning fringe-ified one.

Price: $58 at Free People


6. Fringe Earrings

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These metallic statement earrings are handcrafted from glass beads by skilled artisans in India. They have a mismatched woven shimmer and delicate beaded fringe cascading down.

Price: $38 at Ink & Alloy


7. Desert Palm Fringe Jacket

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We’ve already said it, but it bears repeating: A solid fringe jacket can set you back a pretty penny — and especially if there’s leather involved. The western-inspired jacket has a dramatic fringe detail, soft suede construction and in a longer cut.

Price: $74 at 12th Tribe


8. The Blue Revival: Piper Chain Fringe Straight Leg Jeans

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From edgy-modern, Brooklyn-based denim brand The Blue Revival, these fringe jeans are made for swaggering, strutting and two-stepping. They’ve got straight legs made from a sturdy, non-stretch blue wash denim and decorated with fringe chains on either side of each leg. Super swishy and super stylish.

Price: $159 at Neiman Marcus


9. Solene Fringe Crossbody Shoulder Fringe Purse

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Another faux-leather pick, this multi-tier fringe purse is pretty and playful. Measuring 10 inches wide and seven inches high, it’s big enough to hold your wallet and phone, plus lip gloss and an RXBAR. Our favorite part is that it’s available in a kaleidoscope of bright colors, including rose pink, lavender, mustard, coffee and charcoal.

Price: $23.95 from Amazon


10. Openwork Knit Fringe Top

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This knit fringe top is darling with its sweetheart neckline and on-so-subtle tasseled hem. It pairs effortlessly with your favorite pair of jeans. Bonus: The top is made according to Green to Wear 2.0 standards, which aim to minimize the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.

Price: $27.90 at Zara


11. Lawless Fringe Western Boots

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As big fans of fringe footwear, we love these fringe booties from our all-time favorite Free People. The western-inspired fringe detailing is whimsical and the cowboy boot silhouette is bold, while the soft Laguna color is super pretty.

Price: $198 at Free People


12. Fringe One-Piece Swimsuit

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Another reason to love fringe: it has the magical ability to flatter a wide variety of body types. Take this one-piece fringe swimsuit from Anthropologie, where the fringe detailing along the top elevates a simple bathing suit to a sexy one.

Price: $98 at Anthropologie


13. Minnetonka Layer Fringe Boot

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This Moccasin-inspired boot features tiered fringe and a whipstitched toe. These boots are perfect for festivals, a night out with the girls or running errands around town. Although they don’t offer much arch support, they’re still comfy and affordable options to add a bit of fringe into your wardrobe.

Price: $103.95 and up on Amazon


14. Fringe Crystal Belt

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This glittery crystal belt is adjustable in length, so you can choose to wear it higher on your hips or lower on your waist. Its silver strands are embellished with crystals that will twinkle like a disco ball when you’re out on the dance floor.

Price: $23 at SHEIN