Summer Trend: Go Tribal

Give your wardrobe an exotic edge with this season’s tribal trend. From geometric Aztec patterns to fierce animal prints, bold tribal jewellery to hyper-bright colour palettes, are you ready to march to the tribal beat?

On the Catwalk

Taking inspiration from far-flung destinations and translating this into their current collections, the SS15 catwalks were awash with tribal influences. Leading the pack was Roberto Cavalli who included both bright African-inspired patterns and statement zebra prints in his collection. Other notable tribal styles included Aztec prints paired with fringed boots at Etro and flowy palm print skirts juxtaposed with fiercely structured necklines at Matthew Williamson.

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How to Wear It

The tribal trend blends perfectly with this season’s seventies style, complementing the laid-back bohemian feel. Look to the queen of tribal, model Alessandra Ambrosio, who shows us how to work the trend at home and abroad. Proving just how versatile tribal inspired attire can be, she looks every inch the model in a statement Aztec print skirt while out and about in the city, before hitting the beach in a tribal print bikini. If you are on holiday and are planning on doing some sightseeing, simply throw a floaty maxi dress featuring an eye-catching ethnic inspired print over the top for instant summer chic. Full-on tribal not for you? It’s just as easy to tap into the trend with brightly beaded jewellery, gladiator sandals and tasseled everything.

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Shop the Edit: In the city – Phase Eight black silk blouse, Warehouse Aztec jacquard mini skirt, J by Jasper Conran metal collar necklace, Swesky gold colour bangle, Pilgrim gold plated hexagon ring and Clarks gladiator sandals. Accessories – Star by Julien Macdonald aztec clutch bagSwesky tribal necklace, Floozie by Frost French orange tassel drop earrings and Faith tan suede fringe sandals. On the beach – Model wears Red Herring aztec maxi dress, Wallis orange tile print maxi dress, The Collection coin chain necklace, Ray-Ban large aviator gold sunglasses, Red Herring multi-coloured bangle set, Gorgeous tribal bikini and Vince Camuto brown flat ankle strap sandals

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(Top image courtesy of Wallis. Other images courtesy of and Rex)

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