Tribal Trend

What is ths tribal trend? Well, it’s a bit confusing, is what it is. It’s got a bit of everything – prints from Africa, ethnic style jewels, far Eastern and Indian colour palettes, and Aztec beading and prints. Seen on catwalks at Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Junya Watanabe, Valentino and more, it’s a big trend this summer.

Its a big old cultural mish-mash, and it is a brilliant trend for summer. Tribal prints work brilliantly at festivals, or on the beach, but if you work the tribal trend carefully – a pair of trousers here, a jacket there, you can rock this trend to the office, and in the city.

Think bright, bold prints, different textures –  tassels, fringing, beading and trims to get the tribal trend spot on. If you don’t want to overdo it, maybe some tribal nails and a fringed bag are enough for you? Or a simple summer dress with plain accessories. Tribal trend 2Clockwise, from top left:Tribal pattern nails, £6, Claire’s Accessories, fringed bag, £19.99, New Look, patterned skirt, £7.99, H&M, patterned dress, £45, JOY, tassel necklace, £14.99, New Look, patterned bomber jacket, £19.99, H&M

The tribal trend works well on the beach – kaftans are perfect in these bold prints. Swimsuits and bikinis work in bright patterns, and add some tribal-inpsired accessories for a bit of fun.

Tribal Trend 5Clockwise, from top left: Pink print swimsuit, £28, BHS, black and white necklace, £10, Claire’s Accessories, feather drop necklace, £14.99, New Look, tribal pattern tankini – bottoms £14, top £18, BHS, beach kaftan, £24.99, bag, £14.99, both H&M

Patterns in more simple colour palettes tone down the tribal trend. Add a statement necklace, cuff or earrings to any outfit for a taste of the tribal vibe.

Tribal trend 3Clockwise, from  left: Maxi dress, £60, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, stacked cuff, £6.99, New Look, black and white dress, £tbc, BHS, Aztec earrings, £8, JOY, pink tassel necklace, £14.99, embellished shoulder bag, £24.99, both H&M

Match up your skirt and top, and add some tribal-style accessories to fully embrace the trend.

tribal trend 4Clockwise, from top left: Skirt, £9.99, silver drop pendant, £7, top, £9.99, all New Look, green beaded necklace, £9.99, beaded wallet, £7.99, both H&M, wooden bangles, £10, BHS, wedges, £39.50, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Monochrome aztec patterned trousers work brilliantly with a plain vest and sandals for a pared down take on the tribal look. Try tribal-patterned killer shoes with jeans, or an LBD for a nod to it.

Tribal trend 1Clockwise, from top left: black and white print jersey trousers, £14.99, New Look, bright print shoes, £50, Schuh, print quilted jacket, £24.99, New Look, print shell top, £35, JOY, beaded backpack, £95, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, stack of bangles, £6.99, New Look

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