The Best Fringe Jacket
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Fringe goes in and out of style, and you could say that it is having yet another fashion moment. For western wear, though, fringe is always in. Just watch any kind of country music awards show or visit Nashville and you will see fringe pretty much everywhere you look.
You’ll also see this style popping in and out of other fashion genres from time to time. Fringe is lovely and can add some serious interest to an outfit. It can be like sequins, though: you don’t want to overdo it.
If you find a great fringe jacket, you probably won’t want to pair it with a fringed shirt, a fringed handbag and fringed boots, unless you are into experimental fashion. If you want to push the envelope, though, go for it!
A fringed top or jacket is the star of the show, so be sure to stick to a basic top with whatever kind of neckline you like. A nice statement necklace can work well, too, as long as it is not too loud.
Try wearing the jacket with slim pants or a pencil skirt or even a pair of shorts with stockings. Not all fringed jackets are made from heavy material, so you can wear some of them year-round. The fringes themselves can make the jacket heavier, though, especially if they are made from leather.
Are fringed jackets practical? Not really. In fact, they can get in your way when you are working or eating. They are worn to make style statements, and they are worth any trouble because they can look so amazing.
Note that some jackets of this type only have fringe on the back. Others have fringe on the front and on the coat’s arms, too. The choice of how much fringe to wear is totally up to you.
Our Picks For The Top Fringe Jackets
Women's Button-Down Sheer Fringe Jacket
This sassy, solid-color button-down shirt comes in five shades. It features a show-stopping cascade of fringe to grace the front and back. It's perfect for a night out at a concert or club, or just for hanging out at home.
Swinging StyleYou’ll love wearing this shirt and watching the fringe swing about as you walk, dance and turn.
Women's Denim Loose-Fit Fringe Jacket
Designed in different colors and styles (light blue, medium blue, black/oversized, belted and cropped), this denim jacket has a button closure, pockets and lots of style. The fringe extends across the back and down both arms.
Vintage LooksYou’ll feel like a million dollars every time you wear this eye-catching, fashion-forward and 100% cotton jacket.
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Women's Knitted Poncho Fringe Jacket
This 100% acrylic knit wrap shawl is lightweight and warm, with a flattering fit and a delicate fringe gracing the flowy bottom hem. It's perfect for getting cozy during colder months, and it adds tremendous style to any outfit.
Soft As Can BeYou’ll be amazed at how versatile this shawl is. It is suitable to wear over dresses of different lengths, shorts, pants, jeans, leggings and more.
Faux Suede Women's Fringe Jacket
With its cropped length and extra-long fringe on the front, back and arms, this super-cool faux suede women’s jacket is fully lined and designed to make you stand out from the crowd. Thanks to it's trendy pink color, it's a style piece you simply can't miss.
Sassy and ShortNo one will ever question your fashion sense when you are wearing this amazing, versatile jacket.
What to Look For
- Do you love fringe but feel too self-conscious to go all out with a shirt or jacket? Start slow with an accessory like a handbag.
- Stick to leather and suede fringed jackets when the weather is colder outside but be sure to follow the care instructions carefully.
- White fringed jackets can look incredible, too. Pair them with other neutrals or a pop of color for a statement outfit.
- For a tonal look, match the color of your pants and shirt to the jacket. For example, with a black fringed jacket, you can wear black pants and a charcoal-gray shirt.
More to Explore
Well before cowboys got their hands on fringe, it was used on clothing in ancient civilizations. Many claim that the style dates back as far as 3000 BC in Mesopotamia.
Native Americans also embellished their clothing with leather fringes and beads, and many historians believe that cowboys copied the idea, sans the beads. Fringe was also big in the 1920s, adorning flapper dresses and the like.
Fringe reappeared in the mainstream again in the 1950s. Elvis wore fringed black motorcycle jackets and Rita Hayworth liked fringed dresses. Fringe was also popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and is back today with top designers like Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam and Anna Sui using the style in their high-fashion pieces.