Women's Fringe Handbags (60)

Why fringe?

Why not? Everyone needs a little fringe. It brings the fun to otherwise plain clothing and accessories. And even if you’re not ready to sport fringe from head to toe, a fringe handbag is the perfect way to test-drive the style.

Fringe fashion flashback . . .

The word is that fringe is ‘in’ again. It’s been ‘in’ so many times, at this point we can probably start to regard this style of embellishment as classic instead of fad. The look made its debut in contemporary mainstream fashion in the 1920s with flapper fringe dresses. In the 1960s, the trend—inspired by Native American garments with fringe—took on more of the bohemian look we associate with today’s fringe clothing and bags. While a fringe bag definitely has a slightly retro feel, designers have taken the style to new heights with purses that can be worn year after year, to many different occasions.

Styles of fringe bags . . .

It’s possible to find fringe on almost any bag silhouette. The fringe crossbody has enjoyed much popularity in recent years as the ‘it’ bag for festival and concertgoers. But, you don’t have to be en route to a multi-day boho event to get your fringe on. Designers have applied fringe to structured and polished totes and satchels, bringing unexpected embellishment to otherwise professional accessories. Hobo bags and bucket bags have long featured fringe, and even clutches get the fringe treatment from time-to-time. The point is, you can find your favorite style of bag with fringe—with anything from a hint of embellishment to allover fringe.

Is fringe here to stay?

We think that the fringe has proven its staying power, and at the very least, a fringe bag is worth the investment. With so many options available, it’s easy to find a purse that matches your style and will become a go-to accessory.


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