How To Rock: The Tribal Touch

- By Stacy Igel - 

The tribal influence had a strong presence on the Spring 2012 runways – designers like Burberry Prorsum, Michael Kors, Holly Fulton and Donna Karan infused a definite ethnic feel into their collections.  These eclectic patterns are so exciting to embrace and mix into your wardrobe, especially going into the summer months.  A head to toe look, however, can seem too, “I Jane, you Tarzan”.  Instead, a great way to wear this tribal trend is to  accessorize an otherwise simple outfit with an ethnic inspired piece.

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THE ACCESSORIES

  • A bag is perhaps the easiest way to infuse the trend into your look.  A clutch can easily take jeans and a simple tee up a notch, and when paired with an evening look, brings an unexpected twist.

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  • This tribal trend is perhaps most conducive to statement jewelry.  Create maximum impact by choosing a statement necklace to pair with a flowing printed dress.  An earring looks chic with a slicked-back bun and open neckline, and a tribal inspired ring is great mixed with stacks of simple rings worn on the same hand.

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  • When it comes to the shoes, bright tribal footwear looks ultra fresh with a crisp, white dress.  Put new a spin on the classic pump with an ethnic embellished one – so chic for the office!  Replace your basic ballet flat with a tribal print one for an easy trend incorporation, adding spice to your skinnies and tee combo.

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  • On a final note, a tribal inspired notebook adds a perk to running from meeting to meeting – bonus points when worn tucked under your arm as an actual accessory!

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1. Jimmy Choo Cailin Clutch

2.  Giuseppe Zanotti Design Embellished Sandals

3.  Jimmy Choo Cora Bag

4. Lulu Frost OffShore Necklace

5. Mango Touch Ethnic Necklace

6. Oscar de la Renta Geometric Earrings

7. Pamela Love Silver Pyramid Ring

8. Rebecca Minkoff Uma Flats

9. Roberto Cavalli Sandal

10. Jerome Rosseau Pump

11. Proenza Schouler Tiki Clutch

12. Cynthia Vincent Sage Flat

13. Tamasyn Gambell Notebooks

14. Giambattia Valli Embellished Jacket

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Stacy Igel is the founder and creative director of the young contemporary brand, Boy Meets Girl®.  She is also the host of Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel on Lockerz.com, where she is the site’s Chief Fashion Editor and Stylist.  Stacy is a frequent lecturer on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion, and she is deeply committed to a number of charities, including the Young Survival Coalition and BullyBust. You can follow her on Twitter @stacyigel or at her blog.

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Stacy Igel is the founder and creative director of the young contemporary brand, Boy Meets Girl®. She is also the host of Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel as seen on Lockerz.com & MTVu.com. Stacy is a frequent lecturer on subjects including social media, branding and entrepreneurship in fashion, and she is deeply committed to a number of charities, including the Young Survival Coalition and BullyBust. You can follow her on Twitter @stacyigel or at her blog.

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