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12 Jul

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Tribal Prints

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“I bless the rains down in Africa” – this is a quote from a song titled “Africa” by Toto and somehow it came to my mind when I realised that tribal is going to be a huge trend this summer.

Primal and tribal print is a spring summer trend that “dances to the beat of a tribal drum with modern, African-inspired pieces” – as read in Vogue. Almost every designer included some exotic influences in their spring / summer collection. Starting from tribal earrings and statement necklaced that everyone can afford, tribal fashion is getting more and more fans worldwide. I prefer classic fashion more than tribal one but I’m fully aware that it’s become so popular that everyone can choose something suitable for themselves.

Exotic touches of the ethnic inspired fashion (often called Boho) have been popularised by such A-listers: Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens, Olsen Twins, Kate Hudson etc. You can get plenty of inspiration from them to create your ultimate ‘Pocahontas look’. Try channelling some earth tones and stone colours and finishing the look with a tribal jewellery (like chunky necklaces) which plays a truly important role in boho chic.

Mexican traditional schemes, stones and feathers will create a Goth Tribal Warrior that was presented on Rodarte spring summer 2010 collection. Their models had the arms painted with makeup to imitate tribal tattoes. They also had dark goth lips and hair wrapped in webbed wool. But remember that a head-to-toe tribal looks too costumey so try adding a modern touch to the fringed lace scarves, sari dresses, crocheted cardigans and wraps in colours. Good luck!

How to wear tribal print clothes?

But, what the real person is supposed to do, is take the idea of the tribal print or style and incorporate it into your look. Maybe find a top that has a tribal print or colors and pair it with jeans. Or a pair of feathered earrings, or printed wooden bracelets like the one pictured below, with your everyday outfit. As for the clown makeup, I’m thinking that they’re trying to say that rosy cheeks and pale skin are in. Haha. Here’s how to pull it off without that extreme of looking like a circus clown. Skip the bronzer and opt for a powder or foundation that is close to your natural skin tone. Then apply a few sweeps of a pinkish or rosy blush onto your cheeks. Easy as that. Subtle and natural.

Wooden bangles were seen on the runway as part of the Tribal style and this is something from the runway that I would definitely wear. It’s not over the top and it’s hot! Her hairstyle adds to the whole tribal look and it’s not too much. I’d try a simple side braid that hangs over my shoulder since I’m not too sure how they did the whole braided headband thing.

How to wear tribal print trend?

Wearing tribal prints can be a fun and bold way to incorporate global and cultural influences into your fashion choices. Here are some tips on how to wear the tribal prints trend:

Start with Accessories: If you’re new to tribal prints or want to incorporate them in a subtle way, begin with accessories. Choose tribal-printed scarves, bags, belts, or shoes to add pops of pattern to your outfit. These accessories can complement solid-colored clothing items and act as statement pieces.

Mix with Neutral Basics: Pair tribal-printed garments with neutral basics to create a balanced look. For example, pair a tribal-printed blouse or tunic with black or white pants, or wear a tribal-printed skirt with a simple solid-colored top. This allows the print to take center stage while maintaining a cohesive and chic outfit.

Experiment with Colour: Tribal prints often feature vibrant and earthy colors. Embrace this by incorporating complementary colors into your outfit. For instance, pair a colorful tribal-printed skirt with a solid-colored top in a hue that matches one of the colors in the print. This creates a harmonious and coordinated look.

Play with Proportions: Mix different tribal-printed garments of varying sizes and scales for visual interest. For example, pair a large-scale tribal-printed maxi skirt with a smaller-scale tribal-printed top or vice versa. This contrast in proportions adds dimension to your outfit.

Layering: Incorporate tribal prints into your layered outfits for added depth and texture. Layer a tribal-printed cardigan or kimono over a plain dress or pair a tribal-printed jacket with jeans and a basic top. This allows the print to peek through and adds visual intrigue to your ensemble.

Accessories and Jewelry: Enhance your tribal-inspired outfit with accessories and jewelry that complement the prints. Opt for statement earrings, chunky wooden bangles, or beaded necklaces to add a bohemian touch. Look for pieces with natural materials, such as wood, feathers, or shells, to further evoke a tribal vibe.

Confidence and Personal Style: The key to wearing tribal prints is confidence and embracing your personal style. Experiment with different prints, colors, and combinations to find what resonates with you. Remember to wear the prints with pride and embrace the cultural influences they represent.

When wearing tribal prints, it’s important to be respectful and appreciate the cultural origins of these designs. Choose brands that collaborate with indigenous communities or use fair trade practices to ensure ethical fashion choices. By incorporating tribal prints in a thoughtful and stylish manner, you can create unique and culturally-inspired outfits.

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