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Fashion Friday: Think Tribal!

Globetrotting from your desk with exotic tribal prints from different corners of the world.

Even when we are sitting on our desks on a weekday, the thought of a holiday trip never leaves us. It’s like a loverboy who is always close at heart, sans all the relationship dilemmas. We at like to infuse a bit of holiday to jolly up just about any day, hence our undying love for ethnic prints.

After making rounds among big names like the Knowles’ sisters and Rihanna late last year, designers are globe-trotting even further – exploring an array of Africa’s vibrant and Indonesia’s ikat prints among others. Our homeland is not lagging behind, with the recent rise of batik prints as they are appearing on designer clutches and clothes.

A trend that hits close to home is always a pride to wear. Last week we dissected the different ethnic prints, and this week we are putting our tribal cap on and sharing the results with you.

1. Powerful tribal

We are channeling Beyonce in recreating the fierce look with tribal prints. This Ganado-printed beaded jacket gets our cells boiling the second we spotted it. Equal its fierceness with a neon top and black flare pants for a special event, or dress it down with a denim playsuit and a hippie-like headband for a gig.

2. Boho meets tribal

The boho icon of the 00s Nicole Richie has successfully made maxi dresses and ethnic headbands regulars in our wardrobe. Later on, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) came into the telly and although outshone by Queen B, we really love her tan against the ethnic chic outfits.

In a look that takes the best of both worlds, we are loving this teal maxi in Chinie prints with a pair of bright, chunky sandals. Alternatively, go print on print with ganado and ikat prints in a Vanessa-approved look. For both looks, don’t stinge on  the accessories department, finish the look with a metal headband and stacks of friendship bracelets.

3. Lady likes tribal

While vibrant and fierce tribal looks are great pick-me-ups, there are days when we feel extra ladylike. Thus, my experiment in softening up the tribal prints with feminine silhouette last weekend. I paired a skater dress I tailor-made from a 10-year-old authentic Papua prints with a maroon leather belt and hot pink kitten heels.

With the same spirit, grace the office in peplum tribal top and bandage skirt, or a date night in wrap tribal dress and pumps. Ah, don’t prints make everything more interesting?

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