Fashion Trends Inspired by Ethnic Cultures

For decades now, we are searching for new paths in fashion which will bring something fresh and unseen. Lately, it seemed as the fashion went a bit overboard with looking towards the future. And then it occurred to them to look, not forward, but towards the cultures not yet fully discovered by the world of fashion. And the results are sublime. Many famous designers have jumped on the bandwagon and made this trend huge. The intercultural barriers are no longer an obstacle for discovering various ethnic styles, colors, clothing, makeup style and accessories. Let us see which trends are discovering a whole new world to us through fashion.

African Prints


Polka dots and stripes are no longer a major thing in fashion. The daringness of bold and colorful African prints has pushed them out from the throne, and for a good reason, too. The trend reflects adventurous spirit and excitement. In the newly found exotic edge given to African prints, we have got the perfect union of both urban and jungle vibe. The urban vibe is showed through modern cuts and silhouettes. Africa has inspired many famous designers and major international brands (Proenza Schouler, Burberry, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, etc.) and a lot of celebs (Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, etc.) wore it.

Striking Jewelry


Just about any culture which inspires designers today has one similar feature: striking jewelry. No matter if we are talking about long colorful African necklaces, feathery Native American jewelry or Indian multiple ear piercing. Tribal-inspired necklaces in various bright colors are now a must accessory for a little black dress. Conspicuous rings with colorful rocks are also a great addition to elegant clothing combinations. Leather bracelets, on the other hand, are perfect for everyday outfits.

Hair Accessories


Hair-jewelry as the one worn in India has become popular wedding accessory and it is even worn on the red carpet by stars such as Alicia Keys, Florence (Florence and The Machine), Kim Kardashian, etc. Another major trend both among the A-listers and ordinary fashionistas is African head wrap. We have seen Tyra Banks wearing the turban many times, and other celebs, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek and Kate Moss, wrapped their head into this marvelous accessory.

Asian-inspired Fashion


The designers have finally discovered the amazing silhouettes of Asian traditional clothing and adapt them to modern needs. Characterized by layered and belted looks with sophistication and exquisite femininity and embroidered with origami flowers and similar motifs, these pieces are reflecting a sense of serenity usually associated with Asian culture. Kimonos, judo jackets, samurai and geisha inspired pieces, mandarin collar dresses and even some Mongolian outfits (dark colors, long fur), are becoming major trends.

How to Wear Ethnic Fashion

The best thing about ethnic fashion is that it provides you with liberty to explore your creativity. Still, because most of these pieces are striking by themselves, and by combining various, you would create too big of a distraction. You can, however, combine Asian and African pieces, but make sure that one style prevails. If you want to have a pop of ethnic fashion without going overboard, you can always wear it through accessories. Elevate your ordinary jeans + shirt combination with an African-inspired necklace or make your little black dress stand out with large Indian earrings.

Fashion truly is a magical way to discover and learn to understand new cultures. By wearing it, you are expanding your horizons and traveling to places you have never been before. So enjoy these trends!


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