On the Fringe

1 August 2014

I recently attended a wedding in the Turks and Caicos that really should be given its own dedicated post. I can’t describe how absolutely breathtaking the event was, I could gush for days and days. However, this isn’t a post about their wedding, it’s what I wore to their wedding. (this is where we’d cue my mother to recite her favorite line, “enough about Jessica, let’s talk about Jessica.”) 

From the moment I received the invitation, I was a boggled over what to wear. A high summer wedding in the middle of June set in the tropics? I could already feel my hair frizzing and my back sweating. I needed something formal but not too beachy and something beachy but not too formal.

My inspiration came from the Spring Summer 2014 Dolce & Gabanna’s advertising campaign. You probably saw them as they were plastered all over every bus station from Syracuse to New York City. The fresh-faced just turned-40 supermodel Eva Herzigova headlines the show with a bevy of other glowing beauties. They look like they are frolicking with street vendors (the best looking bread slingers, ever) in a romantic Italian town decked out in heavy lace, crochet, ornate embellishments, almond blossom flower crowns and minimal makeup. The polka dots and lace kept it playful without being too formal

What I loved most about the Dolce & Gabanna collection was the mobility of the skirts and dresses. I could envision every one of the models twirling on the dance floor with the the fringe of their dresses brushing their legs as they moved.  That’s what I needed: movability but a little embellishment.

Enter my new favorite trend: Fringe.

As luck would have it, I not only came across my dream dress rather early in the search process, but the weather in Turks and Caicos was beyond heavenly. A little tropical breeze goes a long way and if you find the perfect dress to keep you moving you don’t have time to even think about the weather, you just dance the night away. I will admit the mint and cucumber mojitos helped a bit too.

Here are a few of my favorites from of course, Reformation and more. Just be careful not to over-do the fringe, a little can go a long way. Pro-tip: skip the leather fringe, this isn’t Coachella.

Reformation Skirt

That Spanish flare that was probably missing from your life. The eco-friendly cult favorite, Reformation has a few options for you to salsa the night away including the Aurelie Skirt, Pisces Shorts and my personal favorite the Henna Dress.  The pretty as a poppy Pandora Skykes rocks the white version on her blog: PS.

for the textile lover in all of us. From Pixie Market.

For the textile lover in all of us. From Pixie Market Denim Skirt + Shirt set. My only hope is no one tries to wipe their feet on your behind.

varsity jacket

How about kimono over a simple black dress? Or go for broke with a varsity jacket: Shot by David Nyanzi.

played well by Portable Package.

played well by Portable Package.

Tamara Mellon Fringed jersey halterneck dress; Eddie Borgo Small Chain Tassel Earrings, House of Harlow Fringe and Beaded Clutch.

Tamara Mellon Fringed jersey halterneck dress in teal is basically like living in a dream; Eddie Borgo Small Chain Tassel Earrings, House of Harlow Fringe and Beaded Clutch.

Finish this off with: can Ulyana Sergeenko do any wrong?


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