Test Driving the Tribal Trend

Decided to move into the Global Traveller lane of life and do some test driving of the Tribal fashion trend.

I grabbed a few things from the wardrobe and put together 3 outfits with varying degrees of the trend. You’ll notice that I used some of the accessories in more than one look. Over the past few years I have made a bigger effort to ensure that new additions to the wardrobe have some level of versatility and will mix-and-match with other beloved treasures. This makes it easier for me when working out what I am going to wear the next day and keeps me from too many random purchases that can only be worn as one look.

The first look is somewhat casual but just classic enough that I decided to wear it to work this weekend. I changed out the heels for a pair of brown suede, mid-heeled boots, so I could get around the hospital effectively (I only use the stairs at work – no elevator – it’s how I justify the second and third coffee!). The layers allow me to adjust to both the changing temperature inside the building and myself! After all, you take 5 floors of stairs and see if you aren’t a little warm when you get done. The scarf and the shoes hint at tribal as does the fake-fur vest, but none of it is too extreme for work.

The second look is a little dressier and could be dinner out with friends or any other occaision where you want to look that little more polished yet embrace the Global Traveller inside. The cream coloured Halston Vintage (from totally upgrade the shirt/dress that I spent $10 on while shopping the end of season sales two years ago in the USA!

Halston Vintage pants, on sale $200 - shirt/dress, end of season sale, USA, two years ago, $10 - Coach bag, outlet shop USA, $150 - My favourite watch, Hong Kong K2 Market, $13.

I love to shop like this, give me a bargain any day. I try to buy the basics as inexpensively as possible and certainly search for the best bargain when buying the designer stuff!     The last look is something I wear all the time on the weekends. Probably because I love jeans! And also because it is just plain comfortable. Sometimes I wear the shirt with my J-Brand Bell Bottom jeans and sometimes with the Skinnies. It’s all dependant on the shoes, because the Bells require a nice tall wedge or heel to look right.   

J-Brand Skinny jeans from $110, this year - Shirt/dress from Target, under $50, two years ago - Trench from Target, under $50 (on sale) three years ago - Wedges from Glasson's, $15 on sale this year.

  With the dressy look and this look, you will notice that I wear a lot of pants with long shirts or short dresses. I’m not sure where this came from but it probably has to do with wanting to cover the bum and the belief that I have heavy thighs. Plus, I find the styling makes me feel that I look taller and longer, which in my brain means leaner!  Hope you found some inspiration to give Tribal a go in your wardrobe or bring a couple of pieces back to life. The next post will be on Tribal accessories – little ways to try tribal if you’ve never done it before.  Be sure to tell us about your test drive of tribal or tribal revival. We’d love to see a pic or two.        


About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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