It’s getting to be that time of year again, where pastels and floral prints feel a little too summery, but you’re just not ready to embrace the darker color palette of your fall staples quite yet. Ethnic printed tees are a great way to incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe before it’s officially sweater season. Many fashion houses, including Proenza Schouler, Tibi, Suno, and Thakoon were inspired by tribal prints as they designed their fall 2011 lines. Proenza Schouler’s line in particular had a vibrant, Native American feel. Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough admitted that they drew much inspiration from a road trip they took from Santa Fe to Wyoming, during which they encountered beautifully embroidered Native American blankets. The duo created their own tribal-inspired patterns digitally, pixelating them to create a bold, geometric look.
These fashionistas channel the last season Proenza Schouler line through their printed tee tanks. The vivid colors and geometric patterns certainly seem to evoke the colorful quilts of a Navajo tribe. Both girls have paired their tanks with jean shorts and sandals, making for a seemingly effortless and eclectic daytime look.
Though fall 2011 runway shows may feel like they took place eons ago now that spring 2012 shows have already commenced, many designers still sell amazing tribal pieces. Antik Batik, for one, offers a plethora of shirts, vests, and dresses in intricate and exotic prints, but their prices are not exactly ideal for college students on a budget. If you’re looking for something a little more wallet-friendly, try the tees sold at Urban Outfitters by the brand Title Unknown – there are almost a dozen affordable and adorable tops to choose from.