5 Reasons to Love Tribal and Aztec Prints

Patterns with Tribal or Aztec flair add a worldly vibe to an outfit. Here are five reasons they are easy to love.

1. They’re Bright

Vivid colors are this spring, and while you’ll find a few tribal prints in more neutral tones, most are in intense solid hues or bright, unusual color combinations that add a burst of life to your appearance.

2. Exotic

I love the relaxed ethnic vibe. These patterns communicate. Whether they’re the focus of a dress, bracelet, or whatever, they’re fun, mysterious, and exciting.


Deborah on her relaxed ethnic vibe

3. They Camouflage the Problem Spots

The tunic or a flowy blouse is a perfect style to complement these exotic patterns and colors, and what better way to camouflage a midlife waist or tummy? Just be sure to wear any blousy top with skinny or slim-fitting pants. Wide pants paired with an entire bottom don’t work.

4. They are Comfy

Speaking of looser silhouettes, another advantage, of course, is comfort. These ethnic tops are open without being baggy and also lightweight and breezy.

blue ikat print top



5. They Draw the Eye Up

Tribal and Ethnic patterned clothing is shown with lots of embellishments like beads and sequins, especially around the neckline. What an excellent way to draw the eye up towards the face, or in the case of sandals, highlight your legs, and who doesn’t like a bit of bling?

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16 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Love Tribal and Aztec Prints

  1. Too boho for my tastes. Been there, done that. Plus –I have a good figure, and loose flowing tops look like they are hiding something.

  2. I don’t care for the boxy look of the tops in this post. Not flattering to many, but especially not flattering to a top-heavy, petite frame like mine.
    I am now taking them in due to having lost quite a bit of weight. I’ll send you some photos when I get them altered. Wanda in Edmonton

  3. I love tribal fashions because wearing tribal clothes; makes me feel so comfortable. These collections are good, but you can find a wide variety of tribal supplies at Etnix at Byron Bay.

  4. I love the tribal look! I find that the Tribal Jewelry compliments this style as well as any other! Primal style has a great assortment of techniques, all for regular pierced ears!

  5. I am 69, African American, and recently relocated from a cold to a warm climate.
    I never again want to wear a business suit or anything higher than a kitten
    heel. My daughter tells me that I am clueless when it comes to casual. I need a jump start. Where do I begin? HELP!!!!!

  6. I love the look!!!!!! I am planning on purchasing an ikat print top in green and cream. I won’t be paying a lot for this purchase..just in case it is out next year!!!

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  8. I love the tribal look in tops and jewelry. Today I’m wearing a brown, ikat print silk top from BR; slim fitting cropped khakis, a coral necklace, and bright orange espadrilles. No one would ever know there’s a 54-yr old stomach hidden underneath!

    1. Hi Nicole,
      JJ here…I like the tribal print on pants and have a pair… they make me feel fun and festive when I wear them. I don’t like the pattern on the tops, but that’s just on me. I’ve seen them on women that look great in them.

  9. I’m sorry, but I do not like these at all. They are frumpy looking and remind me of the 1960s. They are not flattering.

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