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Style Tips for Tribal Beat


One of spring’s hottest looks is tribal. Inspired by the textures and colors of Africa, this look brings out the wild side of the woman wearing it. Do you have what it takes to pull it off?

  • If this look “speaks to you,” GREAT! Enjoy the bold prints—batiks and animal prints—on the bottom, and a coordinating top with stone accents. Don’t wimp out! Carry the look through every aspect of your outfit, and have fun with it.
  • Maybe you’d like to just give one piece of your outfit that “oomph,” so pair a print skirt with a solid top, or try an embellished-tunic with a neutral bottom. Exercise caution if you’re feeling the least bit hesitant.
  • Not sure about the strong patterns? Then try a solid khaki safari suit with flap pockets and epaulets on the shoulders. This can be dressed up for the office (stone-embellished peep-toe pumps) or down for shopping (rope-sole espadrilles).
  • Still feeling cautious? How about the colors of “tribal” without committing to the styles—earthy browns, spicy colors like cinnamon, paprika and cilantro. Even the most conservative-style clothing can be current when they are the colors of the season.
  • At the very least, use accessories like tortoise-shell and stone jewelry or woven leather handbags to give your outfit the “feel” of the Serengeti.

Most importantly, stay true to your own personal style. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing tribal, then let it go. Wait for something that works for you.—Carolyn Rovner

Diablo style editor Carolyn Rovner is the owner of C2 Style, a fashion consulting and personal shopping business based in Danville. Every month, Carolyn offers style tips on diablomag.com.

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