Typically defined by masses of American students taking their studies abroad, the summer season is undoubtedly a time of cultural exploration. While others may take the short three months to expand their ethnic knowledge by setting sail on European-bound cruises or by flying to foreign territories, one sure factor ties both jetsetters and homebodies together: the appreciation of worldly trends.
Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike need not leave their American-bases to take their summertime wardrobes on a globetrotting adventure. Adding instant worldly flair to the most basic closets, rich motifs from across the globe, accompanied by luxurious accessories, create an instant diversified edge.
The abundance of cultural influences present throughout the summer have clearly inspired one of the season’s biggest trends: tribal prints. Incorporating styles from chevron-based pieces to abstract color-blocking patterns, the “tribal” style is equally diverse as the people that wear them.
While the tribal trend characteristically draws its hues from more muted and neutral palettes, the style has been increasingly embellished with funky pops of color this summer. A more modern take on the trend, color-infused motifs are a clear call for Fashionistas to go stylishly tribal, bringing together the two dominant summer trends of neon brights and graphics.
Inspired by the recent print resurgence, this Fashionista’s impactful maxi gives her a clear edge over the crowds of collegiate gator-clad students on the Florida campus. Integrating neon-energized colors into the pattern, this Fashionista’s look keeps her fashion-forward. Vintage-loving Fashionistas may choose to swap out bright hues for neutral threads accentuated by gemstone prints.
Choosing a simple hairstyle and opting for minimal makeup, this Fashionista’s finishing touches keep all eyes on her ensemble’s feature piece. Paired with a delicate necklace and complementary raffia-braided wedges, this Fashionista takes the playful look to full lengths. Those not ready for a complete head to toe take on the trend may emphasize an outfit’s edge by incorporating tribal accessories. Slow integration of the trend allows style setters to test out different prints and color palettes without entirely committing.
As with many, the key rule to the fierce trend is to stick to one strong pattern—Combining contrasting pieces can quickly take the look from chic to confused. Trendsetters should stay from clingy pieces that may distort complex prints and opt for loose and flowing silhouettes, as exemplified by this Fashionista.