Spring and Summer 2008 introduces a tribal-rich trend that’s fresh and new. African inspired patterns, animal skin prints, natural fibers, safari looks, beaded ornamentation, gladiator sandals and wooden jewelry are what make the global trend a wearable and mainstream style.

You don’t need to wear this look from top to bottom to achieve a great effect. It can be interpreted in numerous ways and it’s all about mixing it up appropriately to suit your style. Simply add gladiator sandals to a modern black and white ensemble, or a safari jacket to a classic smart casual outfit. Match zebra print flats with a preppy look, or sport a tailored caftan over white skinnies and cork wedges.

Don’t choose beige items if the colour washes you out. Choose white, cream, mushroom brown, black and army green instead. I’ve added a tomato red belted safari jacket and an army green shirt dress to my Spring mix and they’re a nice change to the trapeze jackets and A-line jersey tunics I’ve been wearing for a while.

Printed Silk Chiffon Tunic Safari Shirt Dress