Capture The Tassel — This Season’s Fashions Have Tassels As A Common Thread
The idiom “letting it all hang out” takes on new meaning this season thanks to the abundance of tassel embellishments on everything from garments to sandals, handbags, hats, belts, and jewelry. These clustered thread trimmings — which were once primarily used to adorn curtains, throw pillows, bed skirts, graduation caps, and burlesque dancer nipple covers — are now fascinating the fashion set thanks to their intrinsically playful vibe and their often Bohemian overtones. Here are a few tassel-centric pieces that will help you sew up your fashion game this summer!
Star Mela Embroidered Canvas Beach Bag Shoulder Tote, $195. Available at IntermixOnline.com
This charming, beach-ready, throw-on-and-go canvas bag features a tribal-inspired pattern in soft watercolors, an open top with as a leather drawstring closure, and a long leather shoulder strap. To accentuate its Bohemian charm, the tote is further embellished by light aqua tassels on the two lower corners, as well as the tips of the leather cord closure.
Suzywan Deluxe Eclipse Tassel Earrings, $35. Available at NastyGal.com
Outshine the fashion flock with these fun-loving earrings, which feature circle pendants in a sunset-inspired ombré pattern, silver glitter crescents, and light aqua silk thread tassels. They’re a charming way to eclipse the competition!
Florabella Mavi Luxe Cowboy Hat, $150. Available at CalypsoStBarth.com
You don’t need to saddle up in order to sport this crocheted raffia cowboy hat since it’s actually intended for use in beach and resort settings. If a floppy, wide-brimmed hat seems a bit too ostentatious or showy, opt for this topper to shield your face from the sun and give your swimsuit and cover-up the perfect rustic Bohemian finish. The crocheted surface offers excellent breathability, while the upturned sides make the silhouette more compact and streamlined — and, of course, the five golden tassels dangling along the front of the crown complete the free-spirited feel.
Warehouse Belted Maxi Dress, $53. Available at Warehouse.AndOtherBrands.com
Thanks to its elasticized waist and the black braided rope belt with tassels on either end, this simple stretch jersey maxi dress feels like an exotic and delightfully offbeat design.
Blee Inara Stretchy Beaded Bracelet with Star Charm, $47.50. Available at BleeInara.com
As if the colorful round beads, which are reminiscent of a children’s ball pit or a gumball machine, weren’t enough to make you smile, this cheeky bracelet is also embellished with a star-shaped gold-toned charm and a purple thread tassel.
Zara Tasseled Roman Sandal, $99.90. Available at Zara.com
Gladiators don’t run — unless, that is, they’re rushing to get the proper footwear! These Roman-style, lace-up, ankle-high sandals feature wide leather straps with gold-toned hammered studs, fringe detailing along the vamp, and tassels dangling from the ends of the leather laces.
Isabella Fiore Cha Cha Tote, $325. Available at IsabellaFiore.com
Music and passion are always the fashion when you sport this kitschy and flamboyant Isabella Fiore tote, which will have you humming the “Copacabana” tune under your breath. Measuring 13″ in length, 12″ in height, and 5″ in width, this tan-colored leather tote features a screen-printed diamond stitch pattern along its exterior and playful tassels in festive red, yellow, navy, turquoise, and mint green dangling from the top edging and perfectly rimming the bag’s upper perimeter.
Topshop Tassel and Rhinestone Necklace, $45. Available at US.Topshop.com
Not all necklaces are cut from the same cloth! This textile-heavy statement necklace features two fabric-wrapped cords (one a perky aqua shade and the other a multi-colored number with neon accents) clasped together via silver-toned rings, a row of blue and clear rhinestones positioned beneath these cords along the center of the necklace, and a cluster of 15″-long tassels in light mauve, crimson, and scarlet hues giving the piece a bit of swing.
Madewell Embroidered Tassel Dress, $148. Available at Madewell.com
The intricate embroidery on this mini dress bestows a folkloric vibe upon the garment, making it feel like something you’d pick up at a bazaar in India or an open-air market in Mexico. Made of a lightweight textured cotton gauze, it features an elasticized waist, a split neckline, and ties at the neck with handmade tassels.
Sam Edelman Sadie Heels, $150. Available at SamEdelman.com
Reacquaint yourself with equilateral triangles by slipping your feet into these Sam Edelman heels, which feature clear vinyl straps above the toes and around the ankle, each adorned with a row of turquoise triangles and rimmed with honeysuckle pink patent leather piping. The outsole and 4″-tall heel, meanwhile, are wrapped in a yellow snake-embossed leather to give the shoes a bit more pop. The ankle strap, meanwhile, counts on a turquoise leather string closure with bright pink tassels as the ultimate finishing touch.
Woven Straw Tote Handbag with Fringe Tassel, $29.99. Available at Target.com
Beach season calls for a roomy straw tote, and this one more than fits the bill. Measuring 12″ in height, 20.5″ in width, and 10″ in depth, this woven seagrass tote features two brown leather handles and an open top, making it the perfect bag for stashing towels, sunscreen, sarongs, sunglasses, and more. A whimsical charm consisting of three thread tassels — one pink, one pastel yellow, and one teal — livens up the design.
Ettika Heart and Soul Bracelet in Turquoise with Green Agate, $56. Available at Ettika.com
You’ll feel more connected to the Earth when you wear this stunning Ettika bracelet, featuring semi-precious, round, turquoise beads, and embellished with a raw green agate slice charm with a gold-dipped exterior and a tassel charm.
Zara Tassel Sleeve Embroidered Blouse, $59.90. Available at Zara.com
Whether paired with boyfriend jeans, cut-off shorts, or a peasant skirt, this slouchy, loose-fitting peasant blouse will give your outfit a Bohemian feel thanks to the intricate embroidered pattern, drawstring cord, shimmering diamante stones, and the tiny tassels lining the sleeves and hemline.
Oscar de la Renta Classic Long Tassel Earrings, $395. Available at OscardelaRenta.com
Tassels don’t necessarily have to convey Bohemianism. Made in India, these 5″-long Oscar de la Renta earrings, featuring key lime green glass beads arranged into tassel shapes, exude glamour and romanticism.
Michael Kors Valera Snakeskin Ankle Wrap Sandals, $695. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Juxtaposing colors and textures, these 4.25″-tall Michael Kors sandals feature braided chocolate brown leather cords nestled inside taupe snakeskin straps. The leather tassels at the ends of the braided laces, meanwhile, give the otherwise serious design a frisky and frolicsome touch.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Braided Leather Tassel Belt, $48. Available at BCBG.com
Cinch your waist while giving your outfit a touch of wanderlust with this BCBGMAXAZRIA braided belt, featuring tassel details at each end. Whether you’re wearing a printed romper or a cotton swing dress, this belt will tie your Boho chic look together.
Zac Zac Posen Claudette Multi Tassel Flap Clutch, $395. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com
Are you more of a rocker girl than a Boho goddess? You can still give the tassel trend a twirl! This Zac Zac Posen clutch radiates rock ‘n’ roll edginess with its foiled, black-and-white, snake-embossed calfskin exterior and the lush 10 1/2″-long leather tassels swinging from gunmetal-toned rings along its base.
Shoshanna Boho Print Maxi Dress, $295. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Remember how glamorous Elizabeth Taylor looked in the flowing caftans she donned in 1972’s X, Y, and Zee? Channel a similar energy in this goddess-worthy maxi dress featuring a split V neckline adorned with embroidered detailing and hanging tassels in bright fuchsia, pink, turquoise, and navy hues.
Forever 21 Stacked Chain Tassel Statement Necklace, $12.90. Available at Forever21.com
Talk about a study in contrasts! Made of linked box chains, this handkerchief-shaped necklace exudes a toughness, an almost medieval chainmail effect, that’s then neutralized by the jovial nature of the side tassel detailing. Like decorative flag pennant banners, these multi-colored tassels create a celebratory mood so that, by sporting this necklace, you’ll feel like the life of the party!
Mango Flowy Printed Dress, $99.99. Available at Shop.Mango.com
This laid-back maxi dress features an earthy print reminiscent of Henna tattoos and adjustable cord straps with tassels to give it a more gypsy gumption.
Loeffler Randall Luz Tassel Snakeskin Sandals, $450. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com
You may associate tassels with loafers, but this season’s sandals want in on the swing-y fun. Case in point: these delightful Loeffler Randall snakeskin sandals, which feature 4.25″-tall block heels, an open toe, and a cage-style lace-up vamp punctuated by cords with tassel accents.
Nissa Jewelry Mint Tassel Necklace, $36. Available at NissaJewelry.com
Whether you want a single statement necklace or you’d planning on layering chains of different lengths for maximum impact, this tassel necklace will prove to be a valuable addition to your jewelry box this season. Measuring 30″ in length, the necklace consists of a gold-plated chain; a mint-colored, oval-shaped, domed enamel pendant with a vertical row of encrusted rhinestones along its center; and a 6″-long tassel made of thin gold-toned chains dangling from the bottom of the mint-toned charm.
Brixton Sophia Tassel Wool Hat, $88. Available at NastyGal.com
There’s a flamenco-like flamboyance to this black wool hat thanks to its rounded, 4″-tall crown; the shiny black grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the base of the crown; and the 2″ tassels hanging from the entire perimeter of the stiff, 3.5″-wide brim. Olé!
Band of Gypsies Cold Shoulder Printed Top, $60, and Tassel Printed Shorts, $60. Available at Topshop.com
As with all of Band of Gypsies’ designs, this top and shorts set is meant to capture the free-spirited nature and wanderlust of the nomadic lifestyle. A festival-ready ensemble, this two-piece set includes an off-the-shoulder top with a ruffled trim, a handkerchief hemline with fringe trim, a colorful print, and a decorative bow with tassel ends, as well as matching shorts with a drawstring waist and tassel ends.
Prada Lacca Leather Studded Tassel Sandals, $690. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com
Tassels go punk in these coral red Prada thong sandals, made of lamb leather. Both the central thong strap and the ankle strap are adorned with round silver-toned studs, as are the three brown leather tassels adorning the T-strap.
J.Crew Mixed Tassel Earrings, $68. Available at JCrew.com
These head-turning earrings incorporate tassels made of two different materials — one a cluster of taupe silk threads and the other of brass chain strands. Measuring 3 7/8″ in length, these sparklers feature trapeze-shaped glass stones in a smoky topaz hue, round white acrylic stones positioned atop vertical bars, and shimmering faceted rhinestones for an array of finishes, textures, and shapes.
Mala Ganesh Necklace, $145. Available at NicoleMiller.com
Need to find your center? Then take a cue from devout Buddhists, who wear Mala bead necklaces to help them embrace positive energy and free their minds of any negativity and doubt. Handmade in Bali, this stunning necklace features beads made from Bodhi tree seeds (the type of tree under which Buddha reached enlightenment) and aquamarine stones, said to have a comforting effect and to help balance emotions, as well as a large gold charm of Ganesh and a 3.5″-long silk thread tassel in an emerald green hue.
Talitha Indra Printed Silk Georgette Mini Dress, $880. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
Created alongside a group of artisans in New Delhi, this silk georgette dress features a Bordeaux-colored Ottoman flower print, long sleeves with elastic cuffs, a figure-flattering elasticized waistband, and a neckline with tasseled ties.
Anna Sui for O’Neill Eureka Shorts, $52. Available at ONeill.com
One of the architects of modern Bohemian style, designer Anna Sui is lending her signature aesthetic to beach-ready apparel via a limited-edition collection for O’Neill. These breezy shorts feature fun embroidered details like diamond shapes and chevron stripes, as well as an elastic waistband with a drawstring closure featuring tassels on each end.
Ale by Alessandra for Baublebar Fluoro Kitsch Cuff, $34. Available at Baublebar.com
Tassels, neon colors, and geometric shapes abound in the ále by Alessandra collection for Baublebar. This 14k gold-plated metal cuff, measuring 4.8″ in length and 0.4″ in width, captures the collection’s predominant mood and the design elements that lend it the requisite cohesion. The cuff itself features an open-ended design, with a faceted hexagon shape on either tip, while a thin chain strand featuring a trio of charms (among them a neon yellow tassel) unites the two geo-shaped ends.