Item of the week: the fringed hem

What it is:

Fringed or tasseled hems can be found in just about every piece of clothing, from tops and blouses to skirts and dresses. The technique usually refers to loose fibers tied to a hem and tied together or cut into separate strands for a touch of playfulness and a new silhouette. For example, a standard piece of clothing is given something special thanks to a unique texture and shape. While fringe is often seen in beachwear, the SS23 season includes a wider range of must-have pieces with tasseled hems, from everyday wear to evening dresses.

Foto: StormyWeather Designs

Why you want it:

Fringed hems vary in style, making this technique appeal to a wider audience depending on how daring they are in their fashion choices. The look is particularly popular for the spring and summer seasons, as it is often used in cooler pieces with a looser fit, made to be worn without an underlayer. In addition, the look was spotted in various forms on the SS23 catwalks, which means that the technique has secured a permanent place in the spotlight for the foreseeable future. Thicker fringes were common this season, especially in knit and crochet looks.

Photo: Desigual

Where was it spotted:

Many independent or smaller luxury brands adopted the fringed hem for SS23, including Ukraine’s Bevsa, who used the style in lavish capes, and Bronx & Banco, where full crochet evening dresses were finished with this technique. Puppets and Puppets played with the look in chunky knit skirts trimmed with chunky hems, floor-length macrame fringed tops, and shimmering dresses that seemed to dissolve. Among the big fashion names, we saw how Jil Sander experimented with extreme, thick tassels, while Proenza Schouler opted for a more subtle look.

Photo: A Line

How to style it:

Many items with a fringed hem are meant to be worn without layering underneath, making them suitable for warmer weather and days at the beach. In this case, they are best paired with subtle accessories and casual shoes that are perfect for the upcoming summer season. Fringed tops are best worn with loose fit pants for a contrasting shape, or keep it simple with tight pants for day and night wear. You can also experiment with the pieces by wearing them in layers, with oversized garments especially suitable for creating depth.

Photo: Barts

Finally, the fringed hem is a dynamic technique that works well in a loose garment but also lends itself well to experimentation as part of an outfit. The style is especially popular in summer items and offers consumers a new take on cool, contemporary styles for the warmer season.

Foto: Madewell
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This article was previously published on FashionUnited.uk . Translation and editing into Dutch by Wendela van den Broek.


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