Wearing: Modern Tribe

by jennine on April 12, 2011

I’m in Southern California this week… it’s nice to be with family and to soak up the sun… on Sunday I spoke on a panel at the Retail Camp LA conference about business. It always makes me chuckle inside when people ask me to talk about business, but it was a great day with a lot of information for bloggers. I wore this outfit for the day… it seemed to really articulate how I’ve been feeling lately.

Getting into tribal patterns took a series of events for me to get into. I’ve always admired the aesthetic on *other people* thinking I wasn’t hippie enough, old enough, tribal enough… whatever that means. Maybe it was the Proenza Schouler runway show, maybe it was Cynthia Vincent’s chic Aztecan prints. Maybe it was my sister coming back from the reservation with gifts, and her amazing Pendleton bag, which she has always had, but I’d never paid much attention to it.

My sister took me to the Indian Store in Vista, CA… where I picked up my own Pendleton Dopp bag, which by the way, for $48, is quite possibly the best handbag you can buy. She’s had hers for years, the pattern and quality is really substantial. I also picked up some odds and ends, like a couple of bracelets and a choker…but figured out that I could appropriate the tribal aesthetic in my own way, my own post-modern anything goes kind of way.

Well, I’ve always been prone to wearing pencil skirts and button up blouses. In Los Angeles, I found through Style Bite a boutique called Confederacy, where there I found this Bensoni pencil skirt with the most amazing bias cuts, panels and piping I’d ever seen on a pencil skirt. I was in love at first sight…and it was on SALE. Holy moly. That was purchased right away.

Wearing: Pencil Skirt: Bensoni • Blouse: American Apparel • Shoes: Plenty by Tracy Reese • Bag: Pendleton • Necklace: Norwegian Wood • Sunglasses: Albertsons (yep!) •  Bracelets: Indian Store, Tiffany, Market Publique, Debut, Target, Hierloom

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Allie April 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Omg that bag is fantastic! I actually love the fact that it’s authentic too. Have fun in SoCal!! Get some In-N-Out for me!

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jennine April 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

ooh good idea! i almost missed them!


Natalie Garza April 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Love the shoes you paired with this outfit! I too have been on the fence about the tribal trend, but this outfit has just the right hint of it. It isn’t screaming Native American chief or Aztec queen AND you look chic and pulled together.
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jennine April 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

whew! thank goodness! ususally the tribal thing is a little too hippie or goeorgia okeefe thing… can’t do it.


Marie April 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

That skirt is amazing! I have Cali jealousy.


Ashe Mischief April 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Ahh! I’m so glad to see that skirt! And on you. And owning it. It’s so, so amazing.
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Adiel April 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

That necklace is amazeballs!
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John K. Aiello April 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I just need to say that I really lurv your color combination. You are just so Sassy! Nice post!


SACRAMENTO April 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Lovely ensemble. Very ethnic and classy.
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jennine April 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

thanks for letting me know!


Midtown Girl April 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That skirt is Killer! Love it <3 hope you are having a fab time in CA darling! XOXO


Ann Tindall April 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hot damn!! That suburb didn’t know what hit it!! I am imagining bored housewives in tracksuits peeking out their windows at you in that fantabulous ensemble!! Lookin good!!
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www.blahblahbecky.co.uk April 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Love love love that pencil skirt! And gorgeous bag too!

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Fashion Limbo April 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Adore how you do the tribal look here. It’s a tricky one to pull off, but I think you make a really nice balance here of patterns and textures. I love the shoes by the way, absolutely stunning puppies :P
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jennine April 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

ooh i’ve been living in these! so comfy and lady like!


Robin Keyser April 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

You looked adorable and had so many wonderful tidbits of information for us all at Retail Camp. It was lovely to meet you. You are a breath of fresh air!


THE-LOUDMOUTH April 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

You look amazing! I love this whole outfit. SoCal, represent!!! I’ll have to pick up one of those bags, it’s just lovely :)

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mycherrypicker April 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Amazing skirt…! Multiprint styling is so much fun!

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jennine April 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

yes.. tell me about it… the more prints the better!


Annie April 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

The tribal print trend is HUGE for spring! Go check out http://www.fashion-ade.com/ and add some great tribal prints to your virtual closet! You will love how easy it is to create your dream wardrobe with the click of a button!


Closet Confections April 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm

LOVE this outfit. It’s all of the little details that make it such a standout. Now, I’m off to go scoop up that Pendleton bag!
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Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons April 13, 2011 at 2:45 am

This look is killer, Jennine! You are like a fierce urban warrior fashionista….adore the tied-waist sheer top with the yellow piped skirt. The bag is to die for. Have a grand time in SoCal….how I miss it!
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Angelbella April 13, 2011 at 4:26 am

Looks smart and amazing, really graceful and ncie. Thanks for sharing!


Anika April 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

I love tribal on you sweetheart! You look chic and modern, just lovely. The skirt is fab! Enjoy your time with your loved ones :)

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Nicole April 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

I love your blog, how gorgeous!
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Nickie Frye April 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

The bag is FABULOUS. Welcome back to CA, even if it’s only for a short trip. :)
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Laura Connell April 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

This outfit is so wonderful and yes, absolutely picks up on that Aztec trend Proenza Schouler ran with in their collection. The red shoes give it a nice pop of colour. I love California!! It’s one of my favourite places on earth.


Santina April 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I know what you mean. Sometimes I see a look I really like but think it’s better suited to others. I’m happy your feelings didn’t stop you from putting together this tribal tizzy of a look! I love the mishmash of accessories, and I bet you’ll end up wearing that Pendelton bag waaaaay more than you think!
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Ceri April 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

That skirt is amazing, I really love the design. Some beautiful accessories too.
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