How to wear // Trends SS 2014 – Tribal warrior

HM tribal patterned jacket

This is a new series in which I pick one piece of clothing that matches a current trend, and show how to wear it in four different ways. I’ll kick off with this black and white inka-inspired jacket from HM, which matches the tribal warrior trend (ref. Marie Claire) that’s going to be big for spring/summer 2014.

While I quite liked the uniqueness of this jacket in the store, I had second thoughts when I got home, as I was in doubt as to how to style it. It’s one of those pieces that require a fair bit of planning before you wear it, as it doesn’t go with everything.

I’m more about style than trends myself – I love to get a few pieces each season that each are from a particular trend, but are not shouting “new season” or “fashion victim”. Subtlety is my mantra. When I pair this jacket with other things in my wardrobe, I will therefore focus on creating a range of different looks, that are not so much about the tribal trend, as how to wear a tribal jacket in four different and unique ways.

This particular jacket is not available to buy online at hm.com, but it’s currenlty available in my local store. I have paired it with items from my closet, some newish, others 10 or more years old. Use this post as an inspiration to play around with the contents of your own closet to come up with unique ways to wear a similar jacket or cardigan.

{1} Colour blocking

HM white cotton top // LK Bennett black leather belt
Noa Noa fuschia skirt // LK Bennett red suede shoes
Sequoia orange clutch // Hermes white H bangle
Snö of Sweden black earrings
I kept the tribal jacket and a white embellished top as neutrals and made them pop against the vibrant colours of fushia, red and orange. A very happy outfit for a party!

{2} Monochrome

HM sequinned black top // Accessorize strass necklace
Old strass bangle, ring and earrings
Botkier black handbag // Promod white trousers
Christian Louboutin black patent heels

This is a more dressed up monochrome look, where I’ve used different textures in all the garments to keep it interesting. The trousers are matt white, the top has black shiny sequins, the shoes are patent and the bag is leather. Since the focus here is on the monochrome, the jacket comes across as simply black and white, and less as a tribal piece. Add some shine in the jewelry, and I’m ready for a chic and formal do!

{3} Classic

Zadig & Voltaire scarf // HM fuschia top
Banana Republic black trousers
Celine leopard loafers // Balenciaga grey handbag
Warehouse mint necklace
See by Chloe cuff // Unknown brand earrings

In the classic – or more casual – outfit, I have paired the jacket with a bright long-sleeved t-shirt and black capris. To spice the outfit up, I added a mint sparkly necklace, leopard loafers and forest-coloured scarf. This is a VERY comfortable outfit that I’ve already worn a couple of times, when the sun was out. 

{4} Boho chic

 Zara white peasant blouse // Unknown brand necklace
Indiska black harem trousers // Zara reptile-print sandals
Gerard Darel black handbag
Warehouse reptile-print bangle // Souvenir bangle from Botswana
Arts & Crafts gold earrings

This outfit is quite similar to the one above, but by changing the shape of the trousers and adding a more rustic-looking top, handbag and jewelry, it becomes boho – while also perfect for the tribal trend itself. It would be perfect to wear this while running errands or go sightseeing on a warm spring day.

The more I’ve played around with this jacket, the more I’ve come to like it! I’m already planning when to wear the last look – waiting for a warm spring day – and I’ve even come up with a few extra outfit ideas that will appear on the blog very soon.
About this series //
Please let me know if there are particular trends or specific pieces of clothing you would like me to feature (currently trending or not), and I’ll try and make your wish come true!