You’ve seen it in shop windows, on television, and at the mall. It’s on celebrities in the tabloids when you are checking out at the grocery store, and now it’s in local stores, available to you! This newest trend in the market has made its way to clothes, bedding, home décor, and down just about every avenue possible. These prints are reminiscent of patterns you may associate with the Aztecs or American Indians, but are updated with a modern twist in color or pattern. If you take a look at clothing retailers like Forever 21 or Free People, you’ll see just what tribal is all about.
These patterns include a lot of triangles, diamonds, arrows, stripes, and zig-zags which make them visually busy patterns, but when worn simply, they are flawless. From swimsuits to tank tops to skinny jeans to oversized sweaters, you can find practically any item of clothing you want in a print that is distinctly tribal. Tribal is a style that is extremely popular at summer music festivals all over the country like Sasquatch and Coachella, where celebs flock, laid-back style is key, and just about everyone is rocking a vintage tee from their favorite band.
To wear tribal prints successfully, pair them with something simple- make sure not to overdo it with other added patterns as this can end up looking like you got dressed in the dark. You can’t go wrong pairing a plain color and statement jewelry with your print. Simplicity is key with tribal, just as it is with any pattern.
Tribal prints also make great wall art, accent pillows, or rugs. Each piece and pattern really has its own personality and has the ability to pull an eclectic room together. If you are going to mix-and-match patterns in your home decor, make sure that they have the same color scheme so they complement each other and don’t look like they clash with the rest of the décor. Black and White is a classy, easy color scheme to mix patterns of the same style in.
If you are afraid to dive in with a bold choice in clothing, try tribal statement jewelry or a tribal purse first. Once you figure out your own style, rock it! Don’t be afraid to jump in on this new trend and incorporate your own ideas now that you know how to wear it!