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Weekly Trends: Tribal & Desert Traveler

We’ve got summer on the brain with this week’s trend highlights! These two looks are made for a laid-back warm-weather vibe.

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The tribal trend has been around for a while, and it’s steadily gaining popularity as a bold yet wearable option. We love incorporating them into tank tops, swimwear, dresses and even accessories! Whether you opt for a subtle tribal detail, like a tribal-inspired sandal, or go all-out with a head-to-toe tribal ensemble, there’s room for tribal in everyone’s summer wardrobe!

For the guys, we’ve been seeing a resurgence in the whole desert travelerlook—think khakis, lightweight button-up shirts, desert boots, neutral leather sandals and cargo bottoms. We’ve styled them four different ways to show the versatility of this summer look.

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Photos-clockwise and center: Rafe New York Karolina Flap Clutch, Noir Jewelry Maasai Navajo Lariat Necklace, Noir Jewelry Maasai Navajo Half Moon Earrings,Trina Turk Cora Strapless Dress,Diane Von Furstenberg Moore Wedge Slides,Pelle Moda Heliac Sandals,Noir Jewelry Maasai Navajo Chain Link Bracelet,Guess Tribal Affair Bikini top and tie side bottom,Rich & Skinny Groovy Cargo Short in khaki

In decades past, tribal prints, beading and native-inspired jewelry were predominantly associated with gypsies and hippies; but the latest crop of tribal style popping up in runways and glossy editorials everywhere is more “exotic glam” than “nomadic wanderer”.

With fabulous ikat prints, colorful embroidery and beading, and earthy tones as benchmarks of this modern-day tribal trend, it’s easy to incorporate it into any summertime ensemble. The trick to this look is to embrace pattern. Whether you do so using a more neutral color palette like khakis, browns and mauves, or whether you go for bolder, brighter tones, this look really evokes an exotic, faraway feel that’s miles away from the average.

This boho-tribal look has long been a favorite of celeb trend-setters like Nicole Richie and Sienna Miller.  If you’re a newbie to this trend or just want to dabble in some native style, a good way to add a dash of exotic is through tribal-inspired jewelry, shoes and handbags. Wearing a statement necklace or an intricately ornamented clutch can go a long way to adding interest to even the simplest of outfits.