The early 2000s were a time of some seriously questionable fashion trends. Granted, at the time, they all seemed totally chic and cool (as trends tend to appear), but in hindsight, we wore so many clothes and accessories with fringe for no reason at all. I guess we had a thing for texture. Because whenever we could, we were rocking something with feathers, tassels, or even clothes that laced up for no reason. Simplicity simply wasn't a thing. And fringe was one of our favorite ways to add that something extra to an outfit.
I remember it being so prevalent at one point, that my mom used to worry about people getting their fringe caught in escalators. I had to explain to her that for no particular reason, those foot-long tassels hanging off of anything and everything were totally necessary. And it only took me a decade to understand what she meant when she said, "I don't get it." So let's take a look at one of our favorite, yet most confusing trends from the beginning of this millennium. Here are 14 clothes and accessories from the early 2000s that had fringe on them for absolutely no reason. And even though we may not want to admit it, we loved all of them.
1. Mini Dresses
Because it's not enough to just have it at the top or the bottom. It's all over or bust.
Those jeans + that hair = 2000s goals.
3. Arm Cuffs
In case you forgot, we also used to wear arm cuffs in the 2000s. So arm cuffs with fringe were all the better.
4. Matching Purses & Belts
If you have rainbow fringe, you wear that sh*t everywhere.
5. Maxi Skirts
Feathered fringe was the ultimate fringe.
A scarf without fringe was no scarf at all.
7. Mini Skirts
A fringed, sequin mini paired with layered tanks was the ultimate 2000s outfit.
It wasn't enough for your clothes to have fringe. Your accessories had to have some too.
9. Jacket Sleeves
I guess this was the closest we ever got to actually having wings.
A crocheted and fringed shawl was the perfect topper to any outfit.
11. Elegant Dresses
Because really, the only thing better than a stunning gown is one with fringe.
It's like the perfect accessory for when you're kind of cold, but not really.
13. Tank Tops
Confusing? Yes. But you can't deny you coveted tops like this.
I won't lie. I had one of these. And it was my everything.
OK, fringe was pretty cool.