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The Tribal Print: How to Style Tribal Prints + Top Picks

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Ever since The Lion King premiere, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” is on repeat in my head. And that’s a good thing. Why not brighten the day with some happy, hopeful lyrics that were originally sung by a cute and cuddly baby lion?

And that’s not the only inspiration I’m feeling from The Lion King reboot. You see, I’m feeling the tribal print vibe, and it seems like I’m not alone — because stores are carrying tribal print bags, pants, tops and more.

Personally, I’m glad to see the return of tribal prints in fashion. They’re fun, approachable and an easy statement for anyone to pull off. Here are some of my favorite ways to wear this trend.

6 Ways to Wear the Tribal Print

In small doses: the accessory

If you want to make your tribal prints pop, try wearing them as standalone accessories. You’ll draw the eye to them (and then no one will notice anything else you’re wearing).

This Twig & Arrow Tribal Shoulder Bag stands out when you pair it with something in a monochrome hue — a mustard or red dress is a great choice.

All in: the jumpsuit

Jumpsuits make getting dressed a breeze when you’re in a hurry, and they’re genius if you really love the idea of going all in on your tribal print.

Tribal print jumpsuit from Windsor
Bohemian Florals Crochet Jumpsuit, $39.90, Windsor

This Bohemian Florals Crochet Jumpsuit from Windsor boasts a slightly retro 1970s vibe, brought to life courtesy of vibrant yellow blooms that nicely complement the delicate white tribal pattern. Slip into black pumps and you’re ready for your dinner date!

Effortless: the dress

There’s nothing as reliable as a breezy dress during summertime. Even better, this one from ASOS DESIGN offers a feminine take on the tribal trend. It’s an easy option for anything on your agenda thanks to its just-dressy-enough pattern. The neutral colors keep it minimal, but the print is still eye-catching enough to stand out.

Casual chic: palazzo pants

If you opt to wear tribal-print pants, let them do all the work for you. The key is to establish a balanced look, which you can do easily by pairing them with a neutral top so that the vivid print has a chance to shine.

These Apt 9 Print Palazzo Pants in Black White Tribal feature a wide-leg silhouette, which looks best with a fitted top. Slip into a pair of flat tan sandals to finish the look.

For the unexpected: shorts

It’s prime time to slip into a comfortable pair of shorts that helps you cool off on the balmiest days of the year. Why not make it one that bears a pretty, classic pattern?

These Apt. 9 Gauze Smocked-Waist Soft Shorts are an effortless choice for daily wear. The relaxed style alone makes them the epitome of everyday comfort, but it’s that brilliant tribal print that is amazing: it’s not overpowering, and it looks great with a simple white tee and canvas sneakers.

For drama: the embellished top

Here’s a dramatic tribal print top from Forever 21 that’s easy to pull off because it’s so beautifully embellished. This top looks phenomenal with anything from denim shorts in the summer to leggings during fall.