A little while back I featured the fringe sandal trend, which was met with lukewarm reviews, but some of you said you might be persuaded to give fringe a chance if it were to appear on an accessory such as a handbag. It just so happens that fringed bags are really hot right now, and they're not just for hippies, bikers, cowgirls or Pocahontas wannabes--oh, no. Designers are taking fringe from the fringe of fashion, if you will, and pushing it to high-fashion limits. It's not exactly a new trend (MK Olsen still loves her Prada Napa Fringe Hobo from '07) but it seems to be reaching its peak at fast fashion chains. I picked up a genuine leather fringed purse at Old Navy (above) for $24.80--and I love it. I was skeptical at first, but after wearing it out a few times, I'm sold on this whole fringe thing...they have such great movement when you walk, and add a lot of drama to an otherwise simple outfit. Just a word of caution if you have a puppy or cat: They will attack your purse. The swaying, tantalizing fringe is irresistible to them, and I can't blame them.
While the purse I bought is not available online, I found plenty of other cheap & chic options...one of them just might be calling your name...
Leather Fringe Clutch at Asos.com, $76.62
Tasha Fringe Hobo at delias.com, $34.50
Suede Fringe Hobo at Urbanoutfitters.com, $78
Kenya Fringe Hobo at Bebe.com, $139
Suede Fringe Passport Bag at Urbanoutfitters.com, $38
Dakota Lg Fringe Tote, ships 9/2, at Ninewest.com, $150.00
Dean Suede Fringe Tote at Urbanoutfitters.com, Was $188 Now $69.99