Traditional pattern from all over the World are often summerized as global inspired style. This term is missleading. Actually, it is one country’s, region’s or cultural group’s traditional clothing decoration in form of a print or weave pattern. Read which of these ethnic or tribal variations or inspirations work best to look ageless for years to come.
- Globally Inspired Looks Pop up Every Couple of Years
- What Works
- What Doesn’t Work
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Globally inspired looks pop up every couple of years
Global inspiration is a perennial trend, almost a classic, at least for the woman with Bohemian Style. This means when you see something awesome on sale in great quality and it fits your shape and style, go for it, and have it for years to come.
Interestingly, many of these traditional pieces, prints or patterns are meanwhile mainstream. For example, we consider wearing a paisley print an element of British Classic style.
In some cases, the entire garment made it into mainstream. Just think wearing a kimono or a tunic.
The photos below show an American West favorite print on a western high-low cut. More on styling crazy print at the link.
The trick to look ageless in ethnic inspired clothing is to go for a sophisticated western look. Here are my secrets.
Go for pieces that have a clean western style like an A-line dress, sheath, wrap dress, fit-and-flare dress or shift and an ethnic print. Then style them with western items for a sophisticated look like in the example outfits in this post.
India inspired prints
On sales, look for jackets or coats in an ethnic pattern, but western cut. Pair these items with simple western pieces for an ageless style.
Pacific Islands motifs
When the tie-dye style is a trend subtle tie-dye dresses or skirts and accessories like scarfs are great ethnic pieces to buy. The former two are great for the beach and weekend, the latter can up a simple jeans with white T-shirt look on a cool summer day. More on the history of tie-dye for outfit inspirations.
Tunics with subtle beading or embroidery are great choices too. Pair them with jeans or dress pants and pumps for an effortlessly chic look.
Another great way to achieve ageless style with ethnic pieces is to go for an eclectic style with pattern mix. See the examples below.
Alpine prints, pattern and stripes
What doesn’t work
Shapeless clothes in global prints or pattern will make you look old. Furthermore, global inspired clothes styled like in the 1970s make you look old fashioned. Do I have to mention embellishment or embroidery overload?
The same applies for dressing like you are from a specific country unless there is a reason to do so like for instance, Chinese New Year’s celebration that you attend, going to an Oktoberfest at a local brewery or in Munich, celebrating Diwali or participating in an International Friendship Day, just to mention a few occasions.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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