A few years ago I took the opportunity to spend three weeks volunteering in a rural village in Africa. The beauty of the people, landscape, and wildlife has never left me. Expansive plains and majestic creatures feet from our lodging truly made me value simplicity, nature, and the present moment. At times I have to take myself back there just to tap into that source.
This post shows you two ways to wear African-inspired prints (one giraffe, the other zebra) with chic pieces and bold accessories.
Bracelet: hand-made by an artist at the Riverside Arts Market
I decided to make these pants more "safari" than "nautical" inspired; Since the stripes are black and thin, they lend themselves toward a variety of unexpected looks. The trick to a high-waist anything with a belt, is to keep your top tighter or tucked in so that you keep the focus on your beautiful waist and don't lose your feminine shape.
Giraffe Print Tank: h&m
Striped Flowy Wide-leg Pants: Zara
*Druzy Cuff, Bracelet, and Ring were gifts or hand-picked from places I don't remember
This Zebra print dress has been incredibly versatile and easy to throw on for hot days, a quick errand, and even a trip to the beach. The zipper detail allows for some adjustment in fit through the chest and the shirt-tail hem allows for both a flirty leg and some booty-coverage. I drew out the black detail of the zebras and added my trusty black gladiators to give this look some edge.
Give "Safari-Inspired" looks a try--see what creative ways you can put your own spin to it!
Gladiators: old Urban Outfitters find
All Images: Amalie Orrange