Perhaps it is something to do with the credit crunch or perhaps it was so popular last year but Safari inspired clothes are in fashion again this spring/summer season.
The earthy, natural colours are perfect for “Softs”, which can blend different shades of the same colour to get the perfect look. Look out for sand, taupe, beige, cream, stone, coffee brown and chocolate. If you want to go wild, how about adding a bit of muted animal print?
Safari isnt exclusively for “Softs”; other groups can manipulate the safari look by adding different colours.
“Lights” can wear the lighter safari colours, such as sand or cream and team them with pastels. Pink or pale apricot and sand or taupe can be stunning on a blonde. These colours will not over power your light colouring.
“Warms” will look very up to date matching orange or warm red with khaki or taupe. The yellow undertones of the orange will give warmth to the neutral colours and enhance your natural colouring.
“Cools” need to keep to neutral colours, mixed with colours that have a blue undertone. Pink and taupe, as I mentioned earlier look great but for “cools” the colours need to be stronger.
“Deeps” will look fabulous in dark chocolate brown put together with pewter and a dark sand or a deep rich red. As long as the colours are dark and not pastel, they will look stunning.
“Clears” look their best in contrasting colours, so make sure the neutrals you choose are on opposite ends of the spectrum. For example dark chocolate brown, with pale sand or black/brown with cream. Zebra print could be an amazing look.
Now you have the colours sorted, what about the designs? Which styles will suit your body shape? The safari theme is perfect for “Lean Columns” with all the pocket detail around the hips and bust. “Hourglasses” can show their lovely waists off, by belting in jackets, but beware of too many pockets if you have a “full hourglass” figure, they can add inches to your silhouette. “Triangles” can maximise their narrow shoulders with plenty of detail on the top half, but remember to avoid pockets around the hips on the trousers or skirt. “Rectangles” will look great in safari inspired trousers and skirts with pockets but need to avoid belted jackets. “Inverted Triangles” can have detail on their narrow hips but need to minimise bulk around their shoulders.
Mix and match safari inspired items that suit you, with other items you already have in your wardrobe. For example jeans and a safari jacket will look great, equally a shirt dress in safari colours teamed with a plain cardigan will be “on trend” without being over the top.