As an white American History major with a concentration in black history, I have also earned my official Liberal certification in political correctness. This is why "ethnic" fashions make me slightly uncomfortable. Obviously, it doesn't matter what your heritage is, you can wear what you like. It's more how the labels and terms are thrown around. What is an "ethnic" or "tribal" print? I'm not really sure. It just seems quite vague, patronizing, and not quite right. On the other hand, since I'm starting on my path to becoming a Social Studies teacher, I also want to be wearing interesting prints representing the world's cultures.
With that disclaimer out of the way however, an interesting print is an interesting print. It doesn't matter whether it's on an authentic traditional garment or a tank top made in Forever 21's just-above a sweat shop. If it's cute, why not wear it? This season I'm really digging all the Aztec-inspired geometric patterns. I'm no expert on Pre-Colombian design, so I can't speak to their authenticity or the correctness of labels.
Enough of my white guilt, here are the pieces I'm talking about:
After the jump, more geometric Aztec-inspired motifs on standard and plus-size styles, menswear, and accessories.