If you’ve bought any of this year’s ethnic inspired prints then you’re already rocking one of this year’s hottest trends - the tribal look. Our guide to the top tribal prints for summer 2012 will give you an insight into this year’s hottest patterns and tell you how to wear them with style.
Ikat is a dying technique that’s commonly used in South East Asia and South America. Ikat incorporates triangular shapes and bold geometric patterns, creating a bright and bold overall effect. Team Ikat prints with big, block colour accessories, or if you’re feeling brave, clash them with a different pattern.
Aztec prints originated in Mexico and are usually monochromatic and geometric. Mathew Williamson introduced this print to the catwalks a couple of years ago and it’s now a perennial festival favourite. Aztec works with leather and suede, or teamed with tropical bright leggings or skinny jeans. Monochromatic Aztec prints are the perfect accompaniment to this year’s neon trend too.
Paisley is one of those miracle prints which keep coming back into fashion year after year. This summer the high streets are dripping with the Persian pattern. Paisley is great if you want to combine a tribal and boho look and is perfect for maxi dresses. Smaller patterns work well if you’re on the slimmer side but if you’re larger then choose big, bold designs instead. Wear with plenty of leather accessories and gladiator sandals to complete the outfit.
This ancient dying technique has been around for centuries, but only became popular in the UK during the 60s and 70s. Since then tie-dye has come a long way and it’s now a common feature on catwalks around the world. There are tonnes of sophisticated tie-dye patterns out there which are perfect for giving a new twist to the classic sundress. Choose block colour accessories and wedges to stop the pattern from becoming overwhelming.
Tropical prints are big news for Summer 2012 and many of this year’s designs are based on the original Aloha print which was first created in 1930s Hawaii. You’ll find tropical patterns on everything from playsuits to shorts and shoes this year. Aloha prints look great clashed with stripes and polka dots if you’re brave, or give a simple hint to the style with some tropical print wedges and cute vest tops.