What’s Up With Fringe Jeans: A Theory |

To fringe or not to fringe? That is the question.

Americans have been fringe-ing on and off for decades, from flappers, to westerns, to rock n roll stars and bohemians. And now it seems this timeless fad is back at it once again as fringe is now being re-donned by the modern American people, but this time near their ankle.

bluejeanbaby_fringejeans_katieoffduty_trioFrom Left: Elle Fanning via Denimology, Leandra Medine via @manrepeller, Kerry Washington via Who What Wear

A trend I consider to be #2 on my most unnecessary trends of all-time list (#1 being the shoulder pad), I am perplexed as to why fringe keeps on coming back—the shoulder pad never really did and we all should feel thankful for that.


Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate fringe. I can even appreciate fringe in some capacities—there is the fringe bag, the fringe sweater, even the fringe bang. But, fringe denim? Is giving a classic American beauty like the jean a trendy haircut wise? . . . I guess we’ve all made our own fair share of questionable haircut decisions.

If you’re going to try a fad, like fringe, always do it for less. There’s nothing worse than getting an arguably ugly haircut than getting an expensive arguably ugly haircut. You feel me?

Here are a few more wallet friendlier options I have found that are still right on the ankle fringe trend no matter what your personal opinions may be about them.



ASOS, Authentic Straight Leg Jeans in Oxford Wash with Fringed Hem, $62.00


Top Shop, MOTO Fringe Hem Flared Jeans, $74.00


Nasty Gal, Zee Gee Why Shake It Kick Raw Hem Jeans, $98.00




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