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How to Wear Fringe in Manila

The better to shimmy with.
How to Wear Fringe in Manila The better to shimmy with.

One of the many fashion trends that captured the ’70s zeitgeist was fringe. Far from the fringe glam of the 1920’s, the wispy strips on the hemlines of the hippie seventies were more relaxed and casual—much like the chill vibe of their reincarnations today. With flirty movement and a graceful illusion at every effortless step, what’s not to love? Below, three ways to wear one of the year’s most pervasive sub-trends amidst the bipolar weather in Manila. 

Look 1: For brunch with your squad. 

She gives Pocahontas a good name. 


Fringe slip dress, Topshop; 10MM Aphrodite leather gladiator sandals, Valentino at Luisa Via Roma; Denim Jacket, P1190, H&M; Cutout Rhinestone Midi Ring, Forever 21

The key to nailing a fringe piece is to pair it with something basic like a white tee or a denim jacket. Opt for a fringe dress that can go from the beach, to music fests, to Sunday brunches—the plainer the better, so that the full attention goes to the tassels. Go ahead and wear your gladiators with it, they're still quite hot and this type of dress will show them off perfectly. 

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Look 2: For movie dates

When the sailor met a cowboy.

Fringe leather jacket, P4475, Mango; Basic striped bodysuit, P495, StradivariusLena Denim Pants, P1700, Wrangler Ladies' at Lazada; Cotu classic 2750, Superga 


Listen: Looking like a cowgirl in the Philippines will only be acceptable in Halloween. Skip the rodeo vibes by opting for sneakers instead of boots and adding a cool breton stripe into the mix. It will tell your date that a) you don't need his jacket when it gets chilly at the movies and b) you got style. 

Look 3: For that office event

A boho babe at heart, Kate Bosworth knows fringe like you know your 1, 2, 3's.


Fringed hem top, P975, Mango; Wool-blend jersey wide-leg pants, M Misoni at Netaporter; Vinyl heel court shoe, P1295, Zara; Leather clutch with fringes, P2595, Zara

New to the fringe arena? Maybe it's best if you start with a purse or a top with barely-there tassels. Nail a fringe-on-fringe look by upping the elegant factor via an all-white ensemble punched up by a wispy fringe clutch in marsala. 


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