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Bag Trends: Fabulous Fringe

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 of them just might be calling your name...

Leather Fringe Clutch at, $76.62

Tasha Fringe Hobo at, $34.50

Suede Fringe Hobo at, $78

Kenya Fringe Hobo at, $139

Suede Fringe Passport Bag at, $38

Dakota Lg Fringe Tote, ships 9/2, at, $150.00

Dean Suede Fringe Tote at, Was $188 Now $69.99

Im not too sure how i feel about that right now...
maybe the way urban outfitters did the fringe looks good, it goes with their image
#1 Neira on 2008-08-04 08:25 (Reply)
surprisingly enough, i'm all about the bag from delias. i'm really feeling this trend for weekends spent at flea markets!
#2 Cupcakes and Cashmere (Homepage) on 2008-08-04 08:44 (Reply)
Your Old Navy find is the best of the bunch, in my opinion, but many of these are SUPER cute! I fear a divorce should I bring one home, tho. ;-)
#3 Sal (Homepage) on 2008-08-04 11:30 (Reply)
The Bebe one is calling out to me, I think it's really cute ^.^
#4 Ice Princess on 2008-08-04 11:53 (Reply)
I love fringe purses!
#5 missvintagelove (Homepage) on 2008-08-04 13:57 (Reply)
I think am going to have to pass on this 70s revisited look in handbags. I just won't be able to get enough usage of it.
#6 Budget Chic (Homepage) on 2008-08-04 15:59 (Reply)
I love these fringe purses. I used to have one in faux-suede which was really cute. It was a gift and I used it everyday for 2 years until it got all worn out and I had to toss it away.
#7 bingkee on 2008-08-04 16:43 (Reply)
I love this post! Fringe is amazing. Especially when it is on a budget! Hey, have you seen this other budget website called Fabulous On A Budget?
It's super cute and reminds me of yours!
#8 Landrie on 2008-08-04 21:14 (Reply)
Too bad they don't sell the Old navy 1 online. I'd order it right now, instead of waiting until tomorrow. how long has it been out?
#9 chelle g on 2008-08-05 02:46 (Reply)
I bought my ON purse at the end of June but didn't start using it until last week when the strap on my H&M retro sling bag broke :-(
#9.1 The Budget Babe on 2008-08-06 09:54 (Reply)
this is definitely a trend you don't want to spend a lot of money on, but it's fun if you get a bag that's not a lot of money. at nordstrom they also have fringe sandals which are kind of cute.
especially in turquoise suede.
#10 maggie z on 2008-08-05 09:12 (Reply)
Seems to me these have been around once before. They still remind me of a hippy.
#11 Val on 2008-08-05 17:52 (Reply)
I love fringed bags, but for some reason they've never really worked well, for me. You'd think they go well with bohemian-looking clothes, but I think they're better with very simple, neutral clothes.

With boho styles, the fringed purses seem a bit over-the-top, but simple clothes highlight how unique and pretty the fringe detail is. Just my two cents, at any rate! ^_^
#12 Anusha (Homepage) on 2008-08-05 19:45 (Reply)
I saw your fringe purse at Old Navy a month or so ago! I liked it but didn't end up buying it... now I wish I did :-(
#13 Alice (Homepage) on 2008-08-06 03:41 (Reply)
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