STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Tribal Style

While I am a strong believer in monochromatic closet staples, I also have a serious crush on clothing that makes a bold statement. This love affair blossomed after the Louis Vuitton S/S '10 show, where Marc Jacobs designed a playful collection filled with exotic patterns that looked as through they were sourced from foreign bazaars from the far reaches of the globe. So, yes, florals and stripes are a great way to go, but the most directional designners and dressers take a new approach to patterns by embracing ethnic prints. Whether they riff on classic Native American folk art or are African safari-inspired – tribal prints are always exciting, full of life, color and vitality.

This Fashionista is sporting a fabulous Maurie and Eve dress, inspired by the Mexican Aztec culture. The blue and white print with its various lines and shapes make it fun, yet wearable, which is perfect for a sunny afternoon in the gardens or a barbecue. The gold studs on the straps also add a element of exoticism, without being too overbearing. Because of the stand out nature of the dress, she keeps the rest of the look simple with a pair of brown wedges and a simple gold bangle. In the end, she is able to achieve a striking balance between all the elements of this summertime ensemble.

To achieve this flirty, apres-beach look, be sure to check out Shopbop for a wide variety of tribal pieces ranging from tops to jewelry items. Their Minkpink tribal dance tunic tank would look great paired with skinnies or even as a beach coverup for your warm weather escapes. Another piece that is a real testament to the ethnic look is this Nom De Plume by YaYa Penny dress from Urban Outfitters. Pair this dress with a some nude wedges and you will not only look long and lean, but ready for a day at your favorite music festival. And lastly, for those of you who rather show off this look through accessories, check out this We the Owls tribal scarf from Net-a-Porter. Wear it with a plain white T-shirt and you will have a look that is chic, yet sartorial-worthy.

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