Tribal beat

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - BY TA­MARA CORIN

WHISK YOUR wardrobe to far-flung ex­otic des­ti­na­tions via Aztec pat­terns, rus­tic colours and quirky de­signs. Mix and match to cre­ate a real trav­eller feel. An eclec­tic mash-up of bil­lowy fabrics, wrap-around prints, harem pants and floor-skim­ming skirts cre­ate a heady cock­tail of chic batik that’s per­fect for ca­sual sum­mer dress­ing.

Hippy cro­chet waist­coats, tas­sel bags and feath­ers are great add-ons that com­pli­ment this look. If vi­brant Mis­soni-es­que pat­terns are not your thing, em­brace the tribe vibe subtly with black and white ze­bra-print in­stead.

For a so­phis­ti­cated sil­hou­ette, con­cen­trate on the cut of the clothes; a tighter fit and sparkly em­bel­lish­ment near the neck­line will in­stantly dress up the usual re­laxed mood.

For quick and easy hol­i­day wear that’s bang-on­trend, drape a scarf as a skirt, wrap loosely high on your waist then se­cure with a belt. Al­ter­na­tively, dou­ble up your Aztec-print swim­suit as a body and dress up with baggy pants. Team with glad­i­a­tor san­dals and lay­ers of beaded jew­ellery for an au­then­tic African feel.

Makeup is key. Golden com­plex­ions (prefer­ably with a hint of tan) and a touch of nude lip­gloss gives this look just the right amount of glam­our. Think fes­ti­val meets jun­gle and you have your trend.

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