Taming Tribals : Mixing Prints with Basics to Create Statements

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[This post is sponsored by Target.
All content herein solely reflects my personal thoughts and opinions.]

Quick, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase “tribal fashion”?

Strong, brash prints? Aggressive lines in startlingly vivid colors? Yep, that was my first impression. Since I generally favor floral prints and my version of a daring makeup look is a classic red lip, I have to admit that I’m generally not familiar – or comfortable – with the tribal trend.

I spent some time learning about the trend, and was happily surprised by what I found! First, we don’t have to call it ‘tribal’ (it’s outdated and not-entirely-politically-correct). Instead, I found references to ‘ethnically-inspired’ prints. I like the more inclusive feel of ‘ethnic’. It acknowledges the nuanced breadth of distinct cultural art that informs the design. That established, let’s talk about how ethnic pieces can work quite successfully with your wardrobe staples!

I found a delightfully wide range of ethnic patterns and design across tops, dresses, pants, and jumpsuits at Target. Here are three tops that are easy to wear, and add instant appeal to your summer looks.

Black and White Geometry

TargetTribalPrint - Black and white graphics with skirt, belt and pearls

TargetTribalPrint - Black and white graphics with skirt, belt and pearls

A black tank top with longer petal panels with mesmerizing black and white zig-zag geometry caught my attention. The longer layers give a unique presence to the tank, elevating it from simple to unique. A wide striped belt reinforces the sense of structure, and defines the two contrasting sections. The printed panels, in addition to a maxi skirt with a side ruffle, give a feel of complex layering. But in reality, it’s really quite simple.

TargetTribalPrint - Black and white graphics with skirt, belt and pearls

The chunky platform sandals ground the outfit; the strong pattern calls for a simple, strong shoe. As a last touch, I chose white pearls in playful contrast to the stronger elements.

Embroidered Floral Pattern

Target Tribal Print Red and Blue Embroidered Flower Top with White Tank, Jeans, and Wedge Sandals

Target Tribal Print Red and Blue Embroidered Flower Top with White Tank, Jeans, and Wedge Sandals

A floaty, ultra-soft open top with red and blue floral embroidery is beautifully evocative of a Native American Indian design. It’s the perfect statement piece for the weekend uniform of a white tank top and denim. It’s breezy and bright, and dresses up the look with careless ease.

Target Tribal Print Red and Blue Embroidered Flower Top with White Tank, Jeans, and Wedge Sandals

Target Tribal Print Red and Blue Embroidered Flower Top with White Tank, Jeans, and Wedge Sandals

Barely-There Chevrons

Target Tribal Print - White tank with Chevron back detail, with jean shorts and braids

Target Tribal Print - White tank with Chevron back detail, with jean shorts and braids

Lastly, this light-as-air tank top is so cute, I want to wear it everyday! The print is a subtle detail, just a flirtatious band of light peach, beige, and cream chevrons skimming down the center of the back. The strappy detail and open drape of the top is cool and comfortable. It’s perfect for summer festivals, with worn-in denim shorts and a delicate crown of braids (actually, I’ll be wearing it to a music festival in Japan next weekend)!

Target Tribal Print - White tank with Chevron back detail, with jean shorts and braids

All three of these patterns are beautiful interpretations of the unique cultural looks from which they originated. Even better, they’re skillfully incorporated into pieces that easily complement items already in your closet.

So what do you think? Have I expanded your idea of what ‘tribal’ means, and are you ready to check them out? You might find yourself falling in love unexpectedly. :) Check out what Target has to offer – happy hunting!

xoxo and aloha,
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  • http://rainbowdelicious.com/ Emily | Rainbowdelicious.com

    I love all of these looks, especially the second one! I just got rid of most of my wardrobe and am in desperate need of buying new clothes so I appreciate these tips!

  • Katie Brooks

    I love these ideas!! I really need to incorporate more colors in my wardrobe! I really like that last tank top

  • http://have-need-want.com Laura Adney

    I absolutely love the first outfit and the detailing on the back of the white tank top. Great way to mix in some fun prints into your outfits!
    xo, Laura
    http://www.have-need-want.com

  • http://analuisadejesus199.wix.com/fadedspring Ana De Jesus

    I love that you highlighted that it is actually offensive to term it as ‘tribal’ and I am ashamed to say that I have used it on many occasion. You are right though there are so many negative connotations surrounding the term that ‘ethnic patterns’ is far more politically correct. I liked the European boho look that is conveyed through the ‘white shirt’. Beautiful xx