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Urban Safari Prints Hot for Summer

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Safari prints are very en vogue for summer this year. Bold prints and easy neutrals graced the runways of designers like Michael Kors, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta. The mix of animal prints, earthy color palettes, and tribal-inspired graphics and accessories project a soft version of safari -- no one looks like they're about to actually shoot an elephant.

Even makeup trends are lending themselves to the safari theme. Lancôme has created a collection for 2012 called "Pink Safari." This is no Barbie-fied collection of pretty, pretty pinks; most of the warm neutrals in this collection will work on a wide variety of skin tones. While not from 2012, StrangeBeautiful's 'Color Volume 2' nail polish collection immediately came to mind to complement/contrast the urban safari palette.

Let's check out a few pieces in "safari chic" for summer.

J.Crew

J.Crew always interprets trends -- even the wildest, craziest, most seemingly unwearable ones -- with classic lines and makes them easy to incorporate into our existing wardrobes. Most of the time, they even do it affordably. This Jersey Lomellina® criss-cross bandeau tank ($115) comes in a beautiful dark green ("Gatsby green") that will stay in style long after the safari trend has given way to the next fad. Add any of these safari-inspired beach cover-ups from Everything But Water and an oversized straw hat, and you're ready to go.

To add safari style to your street wear, try J.Crew's No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Leopard. Too much look? This leopard ballet flat is darling, and works as a neutral.

Banana Republic

It only takes a quick glance at BR's homepage to see the heavy influence of safari and animal prints in the latest collections. Their "Global Trends" collection of accessories is described as "safari chic with earthy yet sophisticated jewelry, scarves and belts inspired by faraway places."

The Tribal Mood bracelet ($45) is a great statement piece, as gorgeous for the beach as for an evening out; also appropriate for more casual work environments.

If you are willing to experiment with bolder prints, you will get a lot of mileage out of this Heritage ikat skirt ($98). Work-appropriate, but with a print fun enough to transition into a night out with friends.

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