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FASHION: Join the tribe

PUBLISHED: 16:35 12 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:46 02 July 2010

Go tribal by clashing ethnic prints! PHOTOS: SIMON FINLAY

Go tribal by clashing ethnic prints! PHOTOS: SIMON FINLAY

Emma Harrowing

The city's fashion drums are indicating that there is an antidote to this season's beige and pastel trend. Bold patterns, vibrant colours and chunky jewellery are in the shops, which can only mean one thing - the Tribal trend is back.

Emma Harrowing

The city's fashion drums are indicating that there is an antidote to this season's beige and pastel trend. Bold patterns, vibrant colours and chunky jewellery are in the shops, which can only mean one thing - the Tribal trend is back. EMMA HARRROWING shows you how to be bold and experiment with this look by clashing colours and ethnic prints.

Main picture: Clockwise from top left: Louise wears: Orange maxi dress, £120, Monsoon; necklace, £20, Accessorise; bead bangles, £2.99, H&M; purple and yellow scarf worn as belt, £14.95, Country and Eastern on Bethel Street.

Louise wears: Green print top, £35, Monsoon; print leggings, £27, Jarrold; necklace, £15, Accessorise; bangles, £7.99 and brown twisted design belt, £10, both H&M.

Louise wears: Printed top, £7.99 and printed skirt, £7.99, both H&M; necklace, £15, Accessorise; brown woven belt, £14.99, H&M.

Louise wears: Purple and turquoise tunic, £85; necklace, £12.95, Country and Eastern.

If you are scared of wearing bold ethnic prints but wish that you could, here are a few tips to make patterns work for you.

If you want to wear a tribal print dress make sure that your accessories such as necklace, bag, shoes, bangles are plain. Or cover up with a denim jacket. This look is great if you have a straight or hourglass figure. Wearing the same print head to toe will also make you appear taller and more streamlined.

Wear one piece with a tribal print. Wearing an ethnic print top with a pair of cargo trousers or chinos rolled up over your ankles with a pair of heels or glitzy flats is an easy way to wear the tribal look. This look if great if your bottom half is bigger than your top half.

If you are on a tight budget or you don't want to wear bold prints go for chunky colourful jewellery instead to update your look. Or buy a leather handbag that can be worn across your body. Wear accessories on parts of your body that you like. Wear a chunky necklace if you like your neckline and cleavage or bracelets if you want to draw attention to your wrists.

If you want to wear this season's patterned trousers or leggings keep your top half plain with a simple T.shirt or shirt. Add a beaded necklace to bring your look together. This look is perfect if your top half is bigger than your bottom half.

Buy a pair of beaded flat or high heeled gladiators to instantly give your look a tribal touch.

Credits

Photographer: Simon Finlay

Model: Life Matters Real Model Louise Daynes

Hair: Katie at The Egg call 01603 761176

Makeup: Angela Philips 07879 293813 http://angela-phillips.com/

Location: Country and Eastern and The South Asia Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC), The Old Skating Rink Gallery, Bethel Street, 01603 663890, www.countryandeastern.co.uk

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