When spring comes around you can always count on a plethora of floral prints to hit the shelves, but there’s another print that’s made its mark as a warm-weather staple over the years—tribal.
For a few years now, tribal patterns inspired by the clothes of indigenous people of African cultures have heavily influenced the fashion world. As Pink Powder explains in their exposé on tribal fashion, the patterns are “evocative of the outlandish traditions,” and created from “bright-coloured fabrics, geometric prints and flamboyant patterns in warm-yet-striking colors – see fiery orange, hot pink, deep red, rich purple and copper gold.”
As the pattern’s popularity evolves, it’s also started to pull influence from other historic cultures, such as ancient Asian, Native American, Aztec, and Southwestern styles.
The bright colors and deep-rooted history as warm-weather wear makes the pattern perfect for those looking to wear something other than pastels and flowers when the temperature rises. And thankfully, this is the perfect time of year to start looking for them. While floral dresses have dominated the supply for a few months, tribal patterns are starting to pop up among the the different designer dress collections compiled by Lyst. You can find big names like Free People and Oasis having fun with the prints, using them on everything from maxi styles to shift dresses and tunics.
Of course, the print’s popularity has already garnered the attention of celebrities. During Paris Fashion Week, Ciara sported the look with a short-sleeve maxi dress in a tribal pattern that showed off the singer’s curves in a fun and flirty way. Hollywood Life reporter Olivia Elgart thought Ciara accentuated her boho look with an “amazing braid crown and messy bun.” With the perfect dress, hair, and accessories, it’s no surprise that she was acknowledged as one of the “Best Dressed” for the event. If you’re interested in a similar dress, finishing the look with a similar hairstyle may be the way to go.
Then again, if Ciara’s look isn’t your style, you can check out the different images on Style Motivation for more tribal print inspiration. Their team compiled a collection of different dresses, shoes, and even jewelry that you can use to make the look your own. Take special note of the accessories and hairstyle each model pairs with their look to pull off a style that’s truly tribal chic.
And for those of you who really fall in love with tribal prints, Pink Powder also noted that interior designers are using the patterns for fabric-covered pieces like bedding, curtains, and rugs. When the shopping bug hits, why not change out your decor while changing out your wardrobe?
After all, who says clothes are the only way to be trendy?