RED Hearts: Pocahontas Fringe Fashion

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February. Today's RED Hearts post is from Charlotte Steinway, 20, reporting from Paris, France, who writes about her love for Native American-inspired style:

Ever since Disney’s Pocahontas came out in the mid '90s, I've had a mild obsession with all things Native American. It’s gone from an innocent penchant for moccasins to a severe affinity for feathered and fringed accessories. In fact, I distinctly remember the first time I laid eyes on Sam Edelman's “Uri” over-the-knee, tiered fringe boots. I dragged my boyfriend to the store window in Harvard Square and pointed to the glorious feats of footwear: "Beautiful!" I exclaimed. "I thought you were talkin' about me," said a middle-aged man standing in the general vicinity.

I kept my mind off the boots for a while, deciding that $225 was far too much money for something modeled after the footwear of our hunting-and-gathering predecessors. I moved onto a pair of far more practical (as practical as fringe moccasin boots can be) $76 Minnetonkas (pictured). Then I came across my original love for HALF-OFF on and made them my own. All in all, a great success.

A month or so later I packed up my entire life to study in Paris for the semester, and I had to decide which pair to bring with me. I went with the smaller, lighter Minnetonkas. And now that I’ve gotten here, French fashion involves a lot of fringe at the moment, including the taupe messenger bag I splurged on during the last week of the soldes (the month-long sale season, love this country) that matches exactly with the Sam Edelman boots I DIDN’T pack.

But now that I think of it, wearing the two together could create some sort of gnarly dreadlock of interwoven fringe accessories. So I guess it all worked out.

RED Hearts guest poster Charlotte Steinway is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.