But thanks to Kate Moss and her latest collaboration with Topshop, it is firmly back on the agenda.
The style queen's return to the high street comes three-and-a half years after the last collection attracted scores of fashion fans.
The result of Mossy's newest venture is a line inspired by her own wardrobe - with lots of vintage and, of course, fringing.
From a mini dress, pictured, to a maxi dress and leather jacket it is clear how much the supermodel loves the styling detail.
The retro fringe look was also seen at last month's starstudded music festival, Coachella.
Model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne's sister Poppy, who hosted her hen-do at the festival with pals including Sienna Miller, rocked in a bespoke Superdry fringed leather jacket.
Artist Aluna Francis wore a fabulous fringed top, while actress Kate Hudson carried a bag with fringing detail.
Teen star Bella Thorne championed the look with a vintage-style bikini top with fringe finishing.
To give the look a contemporary feel, avoid anything that looks like it belongs in the Wild West.
Think 1970s styling with modern print or cuts - a simple T-shirt with fringing is easy to wear and modern, while a kimono is a nice alternative to a cardigan or blazer.
The most important thing is to have fun with it.
If you are going out dancing there's no better style than fringing to create movement.
Here are our favourite styles on the high street.
Model is wearing fringe dress, £199, Monsoon
PRINTED BEACH FRINGE KIMONO, £15, PRIMARK
This doesn't have to be only for holidays -wear it for a coverup in the warmer months.
LOVE LABEL WHITE FRINGE T-SHIRT, £16, VERY
For a casual take on the trend, try a simple T-shirt, made interesting with some fringe details. www.very.co.uk
TRIBAL PRINT VEST, £25, SIMPLY BE
The global traveller look was seen all over the catwalks - so what better way to combine two trends than with this bargain buy.
EMBELLISHED KIMONO, £55, LIPSY
This light jacket looks more expensive than its price tag. Wear with a neutral jump suit to channel a 1970s style.
PLAZA FRINGE DRESS, £295, PHASE EIGHT
Make an entrance and a lasting impression with this stunning investment piece.