Safari Inspired Fashion

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The new season’s fashion transports you to the land of desert plains and jungles, with a safari girl look that is both fun and stylish.

We give you a run down on one of the hottest trends for the new season so you can do stylish safari.

In the wild
Walk on the wild side and embrace hotter weather with prints which channel the African desert plains and dense tropical forests of the jungle. One of the best ways to get these looks is with the use of animal print – a sometimes touchy fashion topic. However, this season animal print is a subdued and sophisticated version of its bold and brash cousin due to the use of muted tones and floaty fabrics. Pair your animal print items with plain and basic creams, whites, blacks and of course denim. I love the pictured halter top from Robert Rodriguez, however similar halter neck and drape neck versions are available from Dotti .

Crisp and clean
If you want a fashion forward look which can be worn spring, summer, winter or autumn, is affordable and most of all stylish, then look no further than the classic cotton shirt. A must have for spring and summer 2005 where they can be used as the building block for a safari look or as the basis for lady-like chic. Pair your cotton shirt with a denim mini, beads and jandals for a casual look or with a pair of black pants and heels for work wear. What’s best about the basic cotton shirt however, is the fact that in the summer sun it will keep you fresh and cool, whilst in winter it will keep you warm and cosy! The pictured cotton/poplin shirts are available from EziBuy for only $19.95.

Safari girl
Safari-influenced fashion items are a great staple this season, mixing old fashioned tailoring and clean lines (which are flattering to all shapes and sizes) into garments that are cute and fun. The funky look is being used in the collections of designers like Ruby and Karen Walker, meaning the trend is only set to continue into the hotter months. Look for details like large cuffs, tie waists and pin tuck pants and shorts in thick cotton creams and whites. We love these cuff tailored shorts from SUPRÉ which would look fantastic with a plain baby tee and cute new season wedges.

Into the sun
No safari girl look would be complete without the perfect accessories, whether it be a floppy hat, perfect for shielding your face poolside like those currently in store at Equip. Or a pair of gold, ethnically inspired earrings featuring beading, feathers or leather which would be perfect for a casual day shopping in jeans or to perk up that little black dress. The most versatile way to inject the safari look into your wardrobe is with a classic pair of aviator sunglasses, which would look fantastic with your SUPRÉ cuffed tailored shorts. The pictured aviator sunglasses are from the EziBuy label Emerge, available in both brown and smoke lenses they are a steal at $29.95.

Born out of hot and humid climates, this fashion trend not only looks fantastic but is brilliantly practical as the weather heats up. So embrace your wild side and give safari fashion a try.

Anya Merryfield

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