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I love the fact that people, especially African Americans, are reaching to the motherland for fashion inspiration. Attire with various African tribal print has always been a great way to make a fashion statement but it has become a trend with millennials within the last couple of years.

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When wearing ethnic clothing, you have to be careful not to appear as if you’re in costume. Overkill may look good on the runway or in a print magazine, but it usually doesn’t translate well on the street. My goal is to make people double take in admiration, not confusion, so I balance ethnic clothing by pairing it with Western clothing articles or accessories.

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For the look above, I balanced out this beautiful African dress with a vintage, straw handbag and Stuart Weitzman platform sandals. While my earrings have an ethnic influence, they are also trend items which help keep the look current and translatable on the street.

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