While various “ethnic” styles and prints go in and out of favor, it seems that there is always something with an international influence on the trend radar. And although many of these pieces may be truly fabulous, it is often difficult to wear these styles without looking at least a little bit costume-y. Although this particular writer thinks there is absolutely nothing wrong with costume-y, that kind of look is definitely not appropriate for every occasion. Here are a few ways to rock multicultural pieces as part of your everyday wardrobe:
Dramatic Dresses – When you are wearing a dress that makes as much of a statement as this fuchsia number by Winter Kate, you need to keep the rest of the look as simple and sleek as you can. Wearing a stunner of a dress like this one paired with modern accessories looks current and slightly exotic.
Statement Tunics – Nothing is quite as breezy as a body-skimming tunic when it is hot out, while also offering a bit more coverage than the traditional tanks and halters we usually reach for the in summer – perfect to balance out a mini or shorts, or simply just because its more comfortable. This Indian-inspired magenta and turquoise beaded silk chiffon style from Hale Bob is bold yet elegant.
Slinky Skirts – A maxi skirt in an eye-catching print is a summer classic, and for good reason – nothing is quite as relaxed and comfortable as a colorful skirt like this teal ikat print DKNYC piece, paired with a basic black tee or tank.
Stunning Scarves – One of the easiest ways to integrate any print into your wardrobe is with a scarf, and this bronze, rust, and blue batik scarf by Tolani is no exception. Subtle enough to work with a wide variety of outfits but with a print that’s anything but boring, a piece like shows that batik isn’t just for wall hangings.
Brilliant Bangles – Jewelry is another simple way to add a global flair to your look. A set of bangles automatically adds an striking touch to any ensemble, and these red and gold Amrita Singh bracelets are an easy addition to many different outfits.
1. Winter Kate Kamafura Dress In Print, $320
4. Tolani Batik Scarf In Orange, $80
5. Amrita Singh Vin Bangle Set, $115
– Jacqueline Zenn
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