Summer’s Tassel Obsession: The Fringe Fashion How-to

Patriotic holidays can get us into a summer rut of red, white and denim. Standout in a sea of bandannas, summer white and chambray with embellishments that are flirty, frilly and exotic. This season, THE cool-girl add-on is fringe fashion — the almighty tassel. On shoes, accessories, sundresses and more, bright thread and decorative beaded fringe trims all of your favorite warm weather goods with a playful punch. When your days have become a bit too uniformed from all that red, white and blue, pull out one of these pieces to throw a wild, but welcomed wrench in the mix.

From major statements to small jewelry accents, we’ve rounded up the best in this exotic boho trend to sprinkle throughout your wardrobe and leave you feeling like you’re in vacay mode. Whether you’re heading out on a tropical trip or just hanging out around home, diving into the world of tassels is like a little summer treat for your closet. Let a few colorful tassels dance across otherwise ordinary outfits and no matter what your plans are — you’ll be bringing the party near or far.

Fringe Fashion Starter: The Bracelet


Lead Tassel Multi-Strand Bracelet, $70, Shopbop

One of the easiest pieces to toss on, this cheery multi-strand bracelet is begging to be stacked with gold bangles and added to an arm party. More is more with this guy, and he looks like he’d play well with others.

Fringe Fashion Statement

Tassel Me Mini Dress, $95, Nightwalker

Give a turn in this short sleeve number to reveal a dramatic open back with contrasting tassel details. If this dress doesn’t yell summer, we don’t know what does. Wear this fringe and intricate tassel-decorated number sightseeing or soaking in the local culture wherever your holiday plans take you. Hello, Instagram!

Fringe Bag

Mumu x Nena and Co Tassel Clutch, $58, Show Me Your Mumu

Grab and go with this chic little clutch that lends a pop of color to literally any outfit. Tassels add extra fun to a zippered and embroidered bag that’s big enough to hold the essentials–phone, cards, keys.

Fringe Panama Hat

BCBGMAXAZRIA Tassel Straw Panama Hat, $38.98, Nordstrom

Block the sun in style with a tasseled straw hat. The wide brim keeps you safe and cool, while the colored tassels break up the basic black base.

Summer Scarf

fringe fashion: white scarf with colored fringe detail

Cotton Scarf with Tassels, $30 San Diego Hat Company

If you’re headed out at night or on cooler days and still want to bring the technicolor tassel flavor, a soft cotton scarf should do the trick.

Fringed Feet

fringe fashion: woman wearing red shoes with tassels

Faith Tassel 2 Part Sandals, $89, ASOS

For something slightly more subtle, these tasseled, open-toe sandals hit the mark. They’re monochromatic, so naturally a little calmer, but still have suede strands to shake and strut.


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.