StylePile Magazine
Trend Alert - Fringe
11 Apr 2015

A little shimmy here and a little shake there - this spring is all about movement. The 70’s trend that is swinging harder than ever is the flapping fringe.

We are super psyched about the resurgence of fringe everywhere and this season it is not limited to your typical suede jackets, this 70’s trend is hanging off the hemlines of skirts, it’s showing up as adornments on your blouses and it’s completely covering dresses. Whether you are ready to shake up your entire look or just test drive a touch of the detail, we have rounded up few of our faves:

Fringe Wrap Skirt (Rs. 1699; subtle accenting of the hem of this wrap skirt makes for a high impact look that you just don’t forget. Since the hemline of the skirt gives it a flirtier vibe, we suggest keeping the rest of the look sophisticated and understated, by teaming it up with your regular button-downs or t-shirts for a night out.

Rena Fringe Top (Rs. 1400; top proves that fringe can play dress-up too. Because it's such a statement-making piece, keep the rest of the look muted so that the fringe steals the show. Pair it with boyfriend jeans to balance out the glam or if have somewhere extra fancy to go, then try on a full metallic skirt in a bold hue. 

Forever 21 Shorts (Rs. 1100 approx): These are what we call the perfect festival shorts - ideal for frolicking around soaking in the sun and the music. We love the bohemian vibes they give off  when paired with an off-shoulder blouse and booties.

Fringe Top (Rs. 699; It's hard for a piece to feel sophisticated and genuinely fun to wear at the same time. Temper it with a leather skirt or your favorite jeans and add heels to tie the whole thing together for date night.

Mango Top (Rs. 3490):If you're feeling more adventurous, go all scarlet like a fully fringed top for a sleek take on texture. The long strands dance with every gentle breeze. Wear it on its own or layered over an old tee with baggy jeans for a getup that will make you look awesome sipping that mimosa at brunch. 

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):Give your go-to, throw-on dress a little something extra with added fringe contrast - it’s ideal if you're looking to take a break from your LBD. The dress allows you to sport the artful swish and swoosh of fringe that is more high-concept hippie than coachella wannabe. 

If like us, you have started to feel a bit fatigued by the typical oversized necklaces in your closet then we are happy to report that the statement necklace as we know it now is about to change. The necklace this season is all about the tight embrace - with chokers taking a chic hold in heavy metals and bold shapes. We have seen them around the necks of street style hotshots like Alexa Chung and strutting down the runway at Chanel. Style this new neck-hugger with a crew neck tee to dress up a simple silhouette or adorn it over a strapless dress to make an already fashion forward shape more compelling. Whether your personal style is sleek and minimal, slightly punk, or decidedly bohemian, we have shortlisted few of our favorite pieces to satisfy our blast-from-the-past cravings:

Adrika Necklace (Rs. 495;
We love the tough-but-glam aesthetic of this necklace. The contrast of sharp collar with a tear drop gem stones is intriguing and guaranteed to be a compliment-magnet. Wear it dress up a sporty outfit of jersey midi dress and sneakers.

Sparkle Street Choker (Rs. 233;
Love the soft lady-like touch that the pearls and the crystal flowers add to this sleek metal choker proving that chokers can look as delicate as they can edgy. Wear it to compliment a bare neckline at your next dinner date.

Multicolored Choker (Rs. 2600;
Use this colorful, summery and youthful necklace to add a little bohemian flair to your day. Go full on flower child in a peasant crop top and floral bell bottoms at a music festival or wear it with a denim shirt and a midi skirt for a look that is more grown-up folk chic.

Forever 21 Necklace (Rs. 660 approx.):
This bauble from Forever 21 will come handy on days when you can’t seem to dream up of a more creative outfit than your good old jeans and tee combo. Layer this choker with several gold chains of varying lengths for an on-point accessory game.

Rhinestone Choker Necklace (Rs. 795;
A jeweled choker that is both statement making and intricate. Give your trusty LBD a last minute oomph that it seeks or multiply the glamour by teaming it with a band tee and leather pants.

Mango Metal Choker (Rs. 1790):
This version from Mango is the perfect understated jewelry for the uber minimalist in you. This sleek modern take on the 90’s staple will look chic in the boardroom peeking from underneath a crisp button down and will give instant it-girl vibes when styled with a deep v-neck silk blouse.

It's easy, it's classic, and it's refined - a shirtdress is one of the few pieces that is truly a  closet workhorse. This staple can take you from a cubicle to happy hour to a hot date with a simple swap of accessories. This season the basic shirt dress received a high fashion treatment with designers like Altuzarra  and Rebecca Minkoff reimagining the classic shape with asymmetric hemlines, thigh high slits and dropped waists. We have shortlisted few of the buttoned-up frocks that are challenging us to kick up our dress game this spring:

Window Pane Shirtdress (Rs.1495;
This grid print shirtdress with its combo action needs little else to make it a knockout. The nipped in waist covertly injects a feminine vibe into this creation making it equally suited for office hours as for museum hopping on the weekends. Just add ankle strap heels during the week and switch to loafers for your off-duty jaunts. 

Black Shirt Dress (Rs.1499;
This black maxi length shirtdress is neither too dainty nor too delicate with just enough ‘statement’ to it. The monochrome frock will look equally chic paired with wedges and tote for a daytime stroll or dressed up with heels and a moto jacket for a night out. To up the glam quotient even further - leave the top and bottom of the dress unbuttoned

Zara Dress (Rs. 3990):
When it comes to keeping it casual, the denim shirt dress is the perfect example of a go-to piece that will look just as good layered as it will on its own. For a weekend outfit worthy of praise, wrap a thin belt around your shirtdress, toss a boho bag over your shoulders and finish the look with a pair of suede ankle booties. 

Masaba For Stylista Dress (Rs. 3160;
The quirky print of this Masaba dress with contrasting yellow tones will brighten up even the groggiest of mornings. Go bold and elevate the entire look with a pair hot pink pumps. 

Forever 21 Dress (Rs. 1380):
We are swooning over this delightfully simple iteration of the shirtdress. The sharp cut and uneven hemline give this otherwise straightforward piece a dramatic spin. A highly versatile blank canvas, this shirt dress can look polished and work appropriate with a black blazer and pointy toe flats and can be turned it into a fun evening alternative with a pair of thick platform heels and a chunky choker necklace. 

Mango Leather Dress (Rs.14900):
If the traditional button-up frock feels a just a little bit too tame for your taste then we suggest giving this mod boxy silhouette from Mango a try. Create a total tomboy moment with a pair of platform espadrilles or give it a slight feminine twist with wooden platforms and a sleek cuff. 


This season’s most popular shoe style is enticing, powerful and statement making. Usher in spring’s free spirited mood with the deity derived sandal of the season - The Roman sandals - it’s the warm weather’s answer to the thigh-high boot of winters.

While we love the idea of strappy sandals for hot days, let’s be honest these steppers aren’t the most easy to pull off. But what they lack in practicality, they more than make up for it in mystique. Reimagined in glam metallics and eye-catching patterns with sleek accents and unexpected details, this season's version is a little more sophisticated than their ancient counterpart. And they look good with everything from boho dresses to denim minis . So whether you are looking for a pair to elevate the edge or to match the feminine charms of your ensemble, we have shortlisted the coolest iterations of this bohemian staple: 

No Doubt Gladiator Heels (Rs.4000;
A shoe that is as powerful as its pretty. Tame the extra tall gladiator sandal with an everyday denim jacket thrown over a flowy dress or use them to temper the sex appeal of your favorite LBD.

Forever 21 Sandals (Rs.1800 approx):
A simple lace-up style in a pretty berry hue is more fashionista than festival-goer. Pair them with an off shoulder romantic dress for day at the beach or wear them with a crisp shirtdress for a cool pool party look. 

Zara Roman Sandals (Rs.7990):
These knee grazing barely there stunners from Zara have your stems covered for the season. Not only do they go with just about every dress and skirt in your closet, they also have the power to add instant polish to your beat-up denim cutoffs. 

Aldo Sandals (Rs.5400):
Representing both glam and gladiator, this sandal has enough attitude to match your pedicure. Try them with a super short shift dress to keep the statement shoes in the limelight.

Steve Madden (Rs. 4799;
If the traditional gladiator has too many straps and too much hardware for your demure taste, try out this more sophisticated, low-key flat sandal instead. The snakeskin adds a bit of drama to the lower profile and will make your lazy-weekend outfit look infinitely cooler.

Mango Sandals (Rs. 2290):
With a flat walkable sole, these sandals are as practical as they are head turning. Wear them with a thigh high slit maxi dress to make you look and feel like a total goddess. 

If there has been one common thread in most of the Spring 2015 collections, it’s a strong 70’s undercurrent which means flared silhouettes, bohemian prints and suede. Spotted on spring runways from Gucci to Jason Wu to Altuzarra, the soft and delicate fabric has surfaced as the most surprising trend of the season.

What makes the trend even more of a head turner are the myriad of colors and silhouettes. Designers took full advantage of the luxe power of the material and played with soft and decadent colors. Another reason to champion the return of this lush fabric is its unparalleled ability to make anything look more expensive and  of course that it’s not really a season specific fabric. We have shortlisted few of our favorite suede pieces to help you point in the right direction. 

Suede Jacket (Rs. 8999;
This short suede jacket leverages soft, buttery suede in the chicest way possible. The silhouette is structured, fitted, and sporty and with its  inviting shade of green it makes for a cheerful spring topper.

Bag (Rs. 1895;
This suede bag with its fringe trim has scooped up two of the most stylish trends of the swinging 70’s. The rich emerald hue color blocked with a solid black proves that all good things come in small packages. 

Vans Sneakers (Rs. 3999;
Get a swing of suede in your look with a pair of slip-on sneakers. You can never go wrong with easy comfy footwear especially in an unexpected hue like citrusy neon.

Mango Skirt (Rs. 4590):
As winter moves into spring, suede skirt is an ideal transitional piece. This mini skirt in a neutral navy hue is a great way to add a subtle seventies nod to any outfit. 

Forever 21 Jacket (Rs. 1980):
This faux-suede topper brings the '70s straight to 2015. With its cascading silhouette, sorbet hue and butter-soft fabric, this is one-piece shortcut to nailing this season’s retro mood.

Zara Dress (Rs. 9990):
A suede dress is a unique and easy way to add texture to any ensemble. This Zara dress will pair perfectly with a cotton blazer for the day and gladiator sandals will make for a va-va-voom after hours look.