by Marisa Marcantonio

Adding a tassel to everything was de rigueur in the 80's. Today, the tassel has its place, albeit a more subtle one. Rather than hanging them from dresser pulls, doorknobs and lamps, try them in a less conspicuous role. They will never lose their allure as tiebacks, it just depends how luxe the look you are going for.

 Photo courtesy of Geronimo Balloon Troopers

With giant hanging tassels made of ribbon, Geronimo Balloon Troopers gigantic balloons deliver happiness. Seen here, a red balloon flying high in downtown LA.

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Anthropologie's Sombrero Sheet Set with a mini multicolor tassel border

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Like  a charm bracelet, Lennebelle's Tassel Bracelet in Topograph has a festive tassel swagger

Photo courtesy of World Market

Throw on this cheap and cheerful scarf with coral tassels to ward of the crisp autumn chill from World Market Cost Plus

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Pom Tassel Mini Bag fromAnthropologie.

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A jolly orange knotted tassel on C. Wonder's Suede Foldover Tassel Clutch is simple and suave.

 Photo courtesy of Blair Ritchey

Hang a tassel on it. Add this little dash of color with Blair Ritchey's suede or lambskin tassel to a clutch or case as a zingy zipper pull.