Feel like dancing to the beat of your own drum? The festival season is upon us bringing with it the Tribal Fashion trends perennially popular with festival goers and lusted after on international runways.
An enduring trend due to the diversity of inspiration behind each piece, tribal fashion embraces cultural difference and embodies the free-spirited traveller we would all like to be.
After winter’s dour greys and monochromes, tribal prints add a perky pop of colour to your summer outfits. Even if you’re not a frolicking gypsy, it’s still easy to work this trend into your wardrobe.
With no defining look, think tassels, feathers and trims, pleats and folds, native prints and embroidery, midi skirts and mini skirts, it’s all there. The navajo trend has persisted over a few seasons and is enjoying a cross-cultural evolution, emerging with bold batik, hyper-bright geometric, fierce animal and aztec inspired prints.
These gutsy prints are everywhere this summer making great statement pieces when mixed with your favourite denims, basic whites or military neutrals. Take your cues from off-duty models and pair a sleek aztec print mini with a classic black tunic. Heading on holiday? Update your resort wardrobe with a tribal print bikini or take your bikini from beach to bar by slipping on an exotic kaftan or maxi for instant boho cool.
Wondering what to wear with your gumboots or sandals at this summer’s festivals? Shake your rump in some fringed suede shorts and a crocheted tunic or floral kimono. There are no rules, anything goes, so wear all your favourite pieces together if you dare.
It’s a jungle out there! If you’re not ready for full-on tribal, opt for monochromatic prints on loose pants or swing tops. Pick up a summer-weight cape to pair with your favourite denim shorts or a lightweight scarf to wear over a tank or tee. The options are endless and how you wear the tribal trend will depend on your individual style.
If you’re a print-phobe, the bold tribal graphics might have you clinging to your trans-seasonal basics. Never fear, you can embrace this trend without compromising your personal “uniform”. Accessories abound including everything from fringed satchels, chandelier earrings, statement neckpieces, strappy sandals and heels that lace up the ankles.
Brightly beaded jewellery, gladiator sandals, wide gold cuffs and everything tasseled will add the glimmer of an amazon warrior to your outfit.
Investing in a new handbag will help you carry the tribal fashion trend through the summers and winters to come. This summer’s fringed and tasseled suede totes and bucket bags will instantly add tribal cred to your favourite weekend denim ensemble or party frock.
Shop the bohemian leathergoods from Blue Muse by Nia for totes, clutches and shoulder bags with fringing and hand-stitched detailing and feel good about supporting a cottage industry artisan in the developing world.
Still not sure if you’re ready to find your tribe? Get into the spirit by braiding your hair like Pocahontas or try accentuated brows with the brown and neutral makeup palette that punctuates the look.