The Trend: Tribal Weaves and Prints

There’s a popular trend going on right now that embraces the art of a different era, tribal weaves and prints.  The art of creating vibrant, intricate tapestries and clothing claims it’s roots in humanities distant past, but the art is kept alive today by people dedicated to it’s beauty.  And it got popular this year!  There are many different types of dyeing and weaving that create elaborate textiles.  And there’s just good ol’ print on a plain weave.  One of the best things about tribal weaves and prints are the colors; bright saturated colors that are so far from sleepy it’s like a triple espresso shot red eye.  But sometimes the colors can become more subdued, and that can enable a garment to be paired with much more in your wardrobe.  Here are some examples of popular tribal inspired fashions this season.


Line & Dot Tribal Shirt Dress – $69 &  Roxy Tribal Belt – $30.40

This Line & Dot Tribal shirt dress is a comfortable way to introduce some tribal print into your wardrobe.  Pair it with some flat, strappy sandals.  Wrap the Roxy belts around a simple maxi or tee shirt dress.  You can even wrap that top belt around the shirt dress.  The shirt dress ships and returns free from Piperlime.


Aqua Dress – Braided Halter Maxi Dress – $88 & Sabine Tribal Bangle – $30

Beautiful colors and patterns come together to create this breezy rayon maxi dress, and it’s created in the USA.  It ships from, and if you sign up for their email list you’ll receive an offer for 10% off a purchase.  You can use it to knock the price down on this dress to $81.  The Sabine Bangle is a quick way to add a touch of tribal to your outfit.  Ships from Piperlime, so ships (and returns) for free.


LOFT Tribal Floral Print Short – $44.50 & Free People Maya Printed Short – $78

Two darling choices in shorts.  The first are offered by LOFT, the more casual leaning offshoot of Ann Taylor.  These shorts are made of a lightweight linen/cotton blend and are available in regular and petite sizes.  The Free People shorts are made from a linen/rayon/spandex blend, so there will be some stretch to these.  The break in the waist looks fairly high, petite girls beware.


Free People Ikat Cropped Skinny Jeans -$88 & Adriano Goldschmied Ikat Cigarette Jeans – $185

Tribal print pants seem to be offered in two fits; skinny, or billowing, as in billowing like pajama pants or zumas.  For the purpose of this post, we’re going to stick to the skinny fit.  And we’re moving into ikat (pronounced ee-caught).  Free People is taking care of us again with these ivory, blue, and golden beige cropped skinny jeans.  The color combination is really beautiful, and it makes the pattern a little easier on the eyes.  The Adriano Goldschmied cigarette jeans come at a painful price, but the light color makes them a good candidate to pair with a variety of tops or shoes.


Anthropologie Ruffled Ikat Chemise – $68 & LOFT Oasis Ikat Print Tee Blouse – $39.50

More ikat here.  The ruffled chemise from Anthropologie is a sweet and feminine way to incorporate some ikat into an outfit.  Wear it with a 3/4 sleeve cardigan, light colored skinny capris,  and some flats.  Or wear it as a little dress.  The tee blouse from LOFT?  No little dress action here, but it would look mighty cute with a skirt.  It would also look great with some trouser jeans and a brightly colored summer scarf.


Spun By Subtle Luxury Retro Tribal Scarf – $46 & Echo Tribal Cheetah Scarf – $48

Whatever your preference on tribal patterns and colors, you can certainly find something to suit your tastes.  Above are two very different examples of scarves considered “tribal” pattern.  The retro scarf is just about a perfect square (40″ x 41″), so you could roll it up diagonally and perhaps tie it as a belt, or tie your hair up with it.  The cheetah scarf is a great way to add a little animal print to an outfit.


Tribal Fringe Noir – $68 & Tribal Chroma Strand – $34

Both of these necklaces are offered through  If you sign up for an account with Bauble Bar, which is free, you’ll have 72 hours to have $10 knocked off your first purchase.  Shipping is free.  These necklaces are out of the ordinary, fun, and embrace the tribal trend.  Both pieces are fun and kitschy.  Looking for something with a brighter color?  Here you go.


Have you found something fabulous this season that falls into the tribal trend?  Tell us about it in the comments!  For our previous post on “The Trend”, click here.


Featured Image courtesy of rajkumar1220

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