fringe benefits

Every once in a while, I come across an item that seems to really speak to me. Such was the case with this romper from the first-ever H&M Loves Coachella collection. Although this year's Coachella has come and gone (and I'm still bitter about not having been there), summer is just getting started and that means there are plenty of opportunities to wear festival-inspired attire. (Besides, is there ever really a wrong time to rock a fringe-drenched romper? No. The answer is no.) Without a doubt, what attracted me to this romper is all of the fabulous fringe that oh-so-effortlessly cascades from the sleeves. The pattern is eye-catching, but the darker palette prevents the piece from looking clownish or costume-y. I should also note that this romper is incredibly easy to wear. If you've got wider hips like me, you may have experienced some past problems in the romper/jumpsuit department. Thankfully, there were no such issues here.

Fringe is an ornament that tends to get pigeonholed. More often than not, fringe is associated with one of two looks: cowgirl or flapper. Perhaps that's why this romper stood out so much. It didn't look like a period piece from the Wild West or the Roaring Twenties. It was just a badass piece of clothing that I had to have.

For the overall look, I kept the accessories relatively simple so as not to compete with all of the fringe. Black booties and a floppy wool hat modernize the romper, while a statement ring adds a dash of sparkle. I layered a black lace bralette underneath so I could wear it unbuttoned for a more casual, carefree vibe.

Romper: H&M (sold out online but check out this similar option)

Bralette: Forever 21

Hat: Forever 21

Shoes: Dolce Vita (similar)

Ring: Perry Street via Rocksbox (Don’t forget, you can get your first month of Rocksbox FREE by entering rivasravesxoxo at checkout.)