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June 02, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Michael Kors African-inspired spring 2012 runway show

It’s a trend that’s been popular at summer music festivals like Coachella. But stylish nomads have been spotted everywhere in tribal prints and African-inspired looks since the trend appeared on runways earlier this season. Read more to see a few of our favorite celebrities wearing the bold trend effortlessly and learn how you can make the look work in your wardrobe.

An ethnic style, or as Michael Kors called it, “Afriluxe,” can easily be achieved by wearing patterned tunics and maxis in earthy tones, desert hues or tie-dyes. If you’re not daring enough to delve into the trend, you can always play it safe with accessories such as African-inspired beaded necklaces, neck cuffs, feather earrings, animal-print purses and wooden bangles.  The options are endless to achieve a chic, tribal mash-up.

Christina Milian in an Aztec-inspired mini (Photo courtesy of Splash News)

“The Voice” correspondent and singer Christina Milian attended the Music Saves Lives charity event last month wearing an Aztec-print dress by Motel Rocks. Not only is the bodycon dress full of vibrant colors with a sexy neckline and length, but it’s also available for only $50. How’s that for style on a budget? To achieve a more sophisticated look, pair this mini with a blazer and a round-toe platform pump. For added style, mix things up with a neon clutch in contrasting colors. Just keep in mind the print should be the main focus of the outfit, so keep the layering and accessories to a minimum in neutral shades.

Solange in tribal prints at the Tribeca Ball

Never one to play it safe when it comes to fashion, singer Solange Knowles hit the Tribeca Ball in April, playing up the trend in a chic, more refined style. While the print is a daring choice, she kept the color palette simple and unified in a blouse and trousers. The cut and fabric of the trousers are really flattering on her. The sheer blouse is beautiful and could stand on its own with plain black trousers or vice versa where the trousers could be mixed with a basic navy, orange, or white tee or blouse.

Jessica Szohr in tribal print shorts

“Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szohr was on the set of the popular CW hit TV show in tribal print Tibi shorts, an embellished Nanette Lepore tank and tan sandals by Michael Kors. She married the pieces together minimally in separates with one statement piece. Printed shorts are an easy way to copy the style because they can be paired with a simple black tee or tank as seen on Szohr. But the trend also works with a basic top and cutoffs paired with tribal print loafers, wedges, or ballet flats. It’s a perfect look for summer.

Kim Kardashian wearing a tribal print dress

Reality star Kim Kardashian sizzled in Vegas at the Wet Republic grand opening in a one-shoulder tribal print dress. The cut and silhouette of the dress is perfect for Kim’s shape. The extra detail of the knot at the shoulder brings a different element to the lime green Mara Hoffman dress. While Kim’s red, two-toned platform shoes are a bold choice, a dress like this could work with nude or black pumps as well to break up the graphic print and loud colors. Even if you just have that LBD you’ve been dying to wear in the back of your closet, you can incorporate tribal essentials in your jewelry and accessories.

We know this trend can easily go from understated to over-the-top depending on the way it’s styled. But just as these stars have shown, tribal prints can be a fun way to add to to your personal style.

Are you ready to lead the wayfaring way in this adventurous trend, or should it remain in safaris and jungles?

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