Sunday, August 26, 2012

Historic Prints are Modern Again

As I was browsing many of my favorite fashion magazines like People StyleWatch and InStyle, I noticed many of the high end labels are incorporating tribal prints and geometric prints into their lines this fall. Personally, I think these looks are absolutely adorable, however I can see how it can be completely easy to mess it up and overdo it. So I did some research and checked out the moderately priced and even low priced shops I love to venture into to see what they have to offer, and I was pleasantly surprised. I have a ton of great pieces to show you that I am so excited about!

So first, I found this adorable chiffon A-line skirt from Bar III at Macy's. Its on sale for $34.99! Its black and white for those afraid of color, however I think the top they paired it with is perfect. It is also from BarIII and on sale at Macys for $22.99. This is exactly the kind of top you want to pair with a tribal/geometric print. This yellow button down top is bright and fun, and just as attention-grabbing as the skirt, yet they don't clash. They completely compliment each other. I would add minimal accessories to this outfit, and I would probably stick to something rose gold just to add a little bit of the unexpected. These rose gold studs(far right in their picture), are part of an $18 3-pack at and the studded bracelet is also from for $14.

I found some other skirts that I adore as well. Just remember to pair them with something kind of plain so you don't clash with your tribal/geometric piece. Both skirts are from Express, the one of the left goes for $49.90 and the one on the right is $59.90. You have a bit more freedom with the one on the left to add a bright colored top or some super funky jewelry, but with the one on the right, because the skirt is sequined and colorful, stick with a top that is the same or close to one of the colors in the skirt. Maybe like a dark blue or black. Personally I wouldn't wear a light colored top with this because I think the darker tops look better; more polished.

I have found seven adorable tops suitable for many different occasions with extremely charming tribal or geometric prints.
The first two are tanks from Forever21. The one on the left is $12.80 and the one on the right is $14.90. You can sport these casually with jeans pants or shorts. Or you can dress them up by adding a blazer and some heels. They are very affordable and adorable!
These next three are still casual but more professional standing alone than the first two. They would be great tucked into a pencil skirt or with black slacks. They would also look fabulous paired with some skinnies. You have many options!
The first one is a long sleeve tribal button-up blouse from Macys by BarIII for $69. The slit shouldered tribal blouse is by Vince Camuto and sold at Dillards for $99. The one on the bottom is a long sleeve button-up geometric blouse at Dillards by I.N. Studio for $39.
Lastly, I have added some fun edgy peplum styled geometric blouses from UrbanOutfitters that pair perfect with skinnies, minis, and pencil skirts. They are both by Pins and Needles and go for $39.

 As always, I have to add some gorgeous dresses in these prints. Some of these are to die for.
 The yellow one is a belted hi-lo hem dress by BCBG and can be found at Macys and Dillards for $118. It can be worn casually with braided sandals or dressed up with some flirty heels. The next one is a Juniors Dress by Material Girl at Macys for $12.99. This would look perfect with a blazer and some fun colored earrings. I have the perfect red pair for them I will add at the end of the blog. The next one is a BCBGMAXAZRIA stunner sequined geometric print dress. Its absolutely gorgeous. However, it is quite the splurge at $378. The next one is a black and white geometric print shift dress from Forever 21 that goes for $24.80; it is an amazing steal. It looks great alone, with a blazer, and with some fun and funky earrings. The last dress I have included is a beloved maxi dress from UrbanOutfitters at $64.

I have also found some super cute accessories that can go with any of these tops or dresses, or you may prefer to pair them with non-geometric pieces just to add some flair.

This adorable scarf can be found on It is by Silence and Noise and retails at $14.99 and is perfect for the transition into fall.             


These two items will be great paired together with non geometric or tribal printed pieces or individually with a printed piece. The red earrings are from Forever21 for $3.80 and the black and white cuff is also from Forever21 for $8.80.

 The two gold items are from Macys. The earrings are by Rachel Roy and retail at $46 and the cuff is by Haskell for $35.50. These two pair great together and can be paired with many of the pieces I included in this blog. Especially for those of you who prefer to wear metallics versus colored jewelry.
Last but never least, I have included some super funky pieces from TopShop. carries some really neat jewelry and just odd and eye-catching items that I really like. The ring and earring set goes for 7.50 Euros and the necklace which actually has different colored snake printed triangles goes for 12.50 Euros. No worries, TopShop distributes to the U.S. and they actually have stores located in the U.S. If  you shop on their website, they will convert the Euro to U.S. Dollar.

 I know that some people might consider wearing tribal prints or geometrics as a risk or a little out of their comfort zone. If you are that kind of gal, start with something small like a tank or a piece of jewelry, or even a scarf. These prints can be totally fun and add a pop of color to your outfit. Just remember to pair it with a complimenting solid or jewelry this isn't the over the top, and trust me you will look casually charming!

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