Friday, February 8, 2013

Tribal on Trial: Guide to Purchasing Trendy Patterns

I'm not a huge trend follower. Never got super into the high-low cut, didn't really dig those Jeffery Campbell platforms and I don't think I have once ombre'd myself in anyway. However, here I am wearing tribal jeans. (I see the irony of blogging being super trendy and me being a blogger. Let's move past that). 

Well, yes I went on a bit of a rant about the trendiness of certain patterns (tribal print being one of them) in this post. I can understand how it may seem hypocritical that I'm striking a pose in them here.  However, I'm finding this seemingly hypocritical situation a fabulous opportunity to share my opinion on purchasing trendy anything... patterns in particular. It's best to buy cheap OR invest big. Let's take tribal for example. I got these jeans at TJ Maxx for $20. They don't fit like my Helmut Lang jeans, but when I'm feeling funky, they do the trick. When Tribal is COMPLETELY dead like disco (actually disco lives on in my heart. The Bee Gees are winners forever) I can sell these to Buffalo Exchange and i won't have broken the bank. 
Invest big in pieces that would authentically have a tribal pattern. A bag, a jacket, a beautiful blanket for your home, or a well made rug or a TeePee. I really believe that if something is authentic and well made it's never going to go out of style. See: Turquoise Jewelry. 


On the Dior sweater: Is it just me or do other Thrift Store Junkies find that Dior is the most common higher end designer found in thrift stores? Seriously. Sweaters and blazers gallore. Has anyone else noticed that? I mean, I'm not complaining. I love this sweater, and every blazer and shirt I've found for Jonny. I'm just wondering why vintage Dior seems to be the most common designer in thrift stores? 


  1. Great styling, love the outfit.


  2. Love this outfit so much, it's perfect! :)

    xx MJ

  3. you look so amazing! I absolutely love this outfit!

  4. You pull off those jeans! The hat & heels complete the look...stylish! Rock on :)

    XOXO! Courtney

  5. Those jeans look awesome on you! x

  6. Fabulous, I couldn't agree more on spending wisely on trendy pieces... You look great! And those pants are killer!

  7. I love your sweater! Can't believe it was a thrift store find x

  8. Love the pants! I've shopped at TJ Maxx and got some really cool flower printed jeans. I need to go back and get these. I like how you styled the jeans with the sweater and hat. Very cool.

  9. I love, love those pants and how you styled them ! I like your blog, now following on GFC :) Kisses

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  10. $20 is a steal! I have to admit I'm still a bit hesitant to try the printed jeans trend. I think it's one of those things where I keep thinking that as soon as I get a pair, it will stop being a trend. And just wait, it will be around for 2+ years haha.

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  11. This looks great! Yeah prints can be tricky. Cute blog

    Ali of

  12. Personally, I find the the tribal trend somewhat offensive. Like, what tribe are we talking about? We're just going to lump them all together? But about those jeans, you didn't buy them because they're "tribal print", you bought them because they look GOOD. They have just enough texture and detail, but aren't to in-your-face about it. I like the dark colors and the lengthening effect of the vertical pattern. I am in complete agreement with you on hi-lo stuff and Litas. Never been a huge fan of either.

    Also, I think you're correct about Dior vintage. Just bought myself a vintage Dior silk blouse this very morning!

    1. HA! I love this comment! I hear what you're saying. "soooo.....triangles=tribal?"
      African tribes? Native American tribes? So funny.....and saaaad?
      Anyhoo, you're spot on. they are subdued, and that's why I like them!

  13. Those pants and those shoes are just stunning! I want them!I love your blog! Specially the photos because they are so detailed and clear, I can really understand about your post. I followed you on GFC and on BlogLovin' and liked your FB Page! Maybe you can come by mine too and maybe follow each other? :) Thank you for this post! I can't wait to read more of your posts. More power to you!

    Your new follower,

  14. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

  15. Love the pants and the hat!! You have a lovely blog!
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  16. Absolutely love your style! So perfect.

  17. You just keep doing you girl! We are all hypocrites sometimes, aren't we ;) Your hair is so TO DIE FOR. And your face. And you amazing polo.


  18. I'm with you on the choice between working the trend on a budget, and investing big-time. Ikat print pants? They better be under $20...but an investment piece for the home? totally worth a splurge.

    Congrats on the LALM pick!


  19. Love this color combination. Congratulations on being featured in IFB's Links a la Mode.

  20. Can't believe you got these pants.
    i tried them on 5 times, but couldn't let go of that much money.

    So jealous.




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