Tribal counsel: How to wear ethnic prints

Accessorize with ethnic prints to freshen your basics

Ellen Warren

Answer Angel

June 7, 2013


You're no slave to fashion but you still want to look up-to-date. And you certainly don't need to be rich to be fashionable.

The simple trick to looking modern on a budget? One word: accessories. They're the key to making your closet basics — black pants, T-shirt, blouse, skirt, maxi — look current.

This summer, the must-have accessory is anything in a tribal or ethnic print. These are mostly geometric patterns in often unconventional color combos. Loft (http://loft.com) has a great selection at less than $40 and Forever21 (http://forever21.com) has tons more at even lower prices for us frugal shoppers.

In recent days I've stopped in my tracks a dozen times to admire a woman who looks terrific just because she added a noteworthy necklace, an armload of bangles, a unique scarf or bag with an ethnic flavor. The basic clothes she wears are just the backdrop (the canvas?) to show off the attention-getting Just One Thing.

And I haven't forgotten the guys. The swim trunks shown in the gallery above (I know they're not really an accessory) are eye-catching, contemporary and just plain cool.