This spring/summer has seen the return of tribal and African influences for both womenswear and menswear. Safari garb and exotic prints have definitely made a comeback, and can be seen on everything from tees and shirts to shorts and accessories. Woolrich Woolen Mills are a brand that have taken this theme and applied it to their new season short-sleeved shirts collection, which are available at Oki-ni. The brand has smartly utilised rarer African prints for this line of shirts – setting them effortlessly apart from the competition.
Made with 100% thick premium cotton, the shirts have a quality that you would be hard-pressed to find on the high street. The brand is renowned for its high standard of construction, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that these are built to last.
In terms of print and colour, the two shirts featured below are quite different from each other. The first features bright yellows, greens and blues for a fresh take on the trend that will be perfect for spring. The second uses a palette of red, green and black that combines to create a more traditional print.
Woolrich Woolen Mills seem to have sidestepped the clichéd and mass-produced feel that a lot of the new high street printed tees/shirts display. These designs could have quite easily been found when you were traversing an exotic corner of the globe – which provides both legitimacy and individuality to the garment.
In terms of styling, try to avoid pairing with the ‘obvious’ safari inspired choice of cargo shorts/trousers – instead go for black skinnies and pumps to really allow the shirt to make a statement. If you are slightly more conservative, try layering a lightweight blazer over the top – it will help neutralise the print and showcase a subtler splash of colour.
Available online at Oki-ni.