Spring Shopping Guide: Fringe
When I was young, my favorite babysitter was named Carrie, but for some reason, I liked to call her Doi. Doi had feathered black hair and wore holey jeans, silver jewelry and fringed Minnetonka ankle boots and carried a fringed suede bag. Yes, Doi was a hippie, but in a cool, urbane way--she wasn't all about peace and carob chips. Doi's fringe was the good kind of fringe, as opposed to the late '80s, dolman-sleeve-leather-jacket kind of fringe. And thanks to summer's bohemian vibe, the cool kind of fringe is back, on everything to sandals and bags to dresses and T-shirts. I think Doi would approve.

If anyone is cool enough to pull off fringe, it's Anna Sui. This dress has a lot going on--the fluttery top is sweetly peasant, the Art Deco print at the hem is, well, Deco--but it all works. The fringed hem is subtle, too, which helps.

If you'd prefer something a bit less fussy, however, this to-die-for 3.1 Phillip Lim halter dress is all clean lines and amazing fit, and the fringe functions as an almost architectural detail. Fierce.

While I think fringe on dresses is fab, I think fringed shoes might be even better. These Paul & Joe sandals are a far cry from Minnetonka moccasins; I find them quite sexy.

Fringe on a top is an interesting idea, and it gives this pullover blouse, also from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a funky, beatnicky look. I also like how they've styled it here, with a high-waisted skirt.

A bit more casual, this Boessert-Schorn top is still chic, not sloppy. It would look great with skinny jeans and flat sandals.

Antik Batik is thankfully getting easier to find in the U.S.; for those of you not familiar with it, it's a French line with a luxe rich-hippie vibe. They know their customer well, and know that she'll die for a bag like the Foster.

I can totally picture Doi wearing this simple yet stylish fringed sandal from Urban Outfitters. I'd suggest playing up the glam factor by also wearing a lot of gold jewelry.

Accessories are always a great way to try a trend with a minimal commitment, and so you could wear this fringed necklace, also from Urban Outfitters, with anything from a V-neck tee to a fancy dress for instant drama.

One of my favorite fringes, however, is this Flavio sandal from Topshop, which, if you ask me, can't open fast enough in Soho. The nude color will subtly blend with your skin, while the T-strap and tiny wedge heel elongate the leg--way more haute hippie than hippie-dippy.

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