Thursday, May 31, 2012

Into The Wild

African tribal inspired prints had a strong presence on the 2012 runways, especially with designers like Burberry Prorsum, Micheal Kors and Donna Karan. These eclectic patterns can be intimidating at first but if embraced and mixed the right way, your wardrobe will have a fabulous new touch to it. 

-- If you don't want to jump head first into this trend, start off with something simple like an accessory. A great pair of shoes, jewelry or a clutch will add just enough tribal to make a statement.

-- If you want something a little more, go for a full print dress or a great jacket like the Giambattista Valli one below. The embellishments may seem over-the-top, but it's great to make an accessory-like impact.

-- Jewelry may seem like the easiest way to add a touch of tribal to your outfit. Choose a statement necklace with a tribal edge to it for a classic outfit. Throw your hair back in a bun and tribal inspired earrings instantly look chic. Another look is to layer tribal inspired rings onto one hand. Avoid too many chunky, large rings though as it can start to look messy and overwhelming.

1. Jimmy Choo Cailin Patwork Clutch 2. House of Lavande Brown Collar Necklace

3. Giambattista Valli Embellished Jacket 4. Proenza Schouler Tiki Clutch Stingray

5. House of Lavande Black Cuff Bracelet 6. Burberry London Tribal Sandal 

7. Giambattista Valli Leopard Dress 8. Proenza Schouler Macrame Wedge Sandals

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