Thursday Poll: Tribal Prints

It’s no secret that as a brand, Free People has a little infatuation with tribal prints. Right now there are a whole slew of them on our website – popping up in fun and creative ways. I would happily add any of these to my closet, but which is your favorite way to rock ethnic prints? Bathing suit, head band, shorts….you tell us!

(p.s. if you like this trend you should definitely check out our Urban Safari feature in accessories right now!)

Swim: Davia Underwire Bandeau

Outwear: Embellished Vegan Leather Motorcyle Jacket

Intimates: Embroidered Bustier Top

embroidered bustier top

Headwear: Geo Print Turban

geo print turban

Footwear: Hacienda Lace Up Boot

hacienda laceup boot

Bottoms: High Waist Print Short

high waist print short

Bags: Printed Clutch

printed clutch

Wednes-DIY: Tribal-Inspired Beaded Necklace

One day I was on when I saw when of their editors wearing this really cool beaded necklace. It almost looked like it was constructed using safety pins, so I tried them out to see if I could pull off the look by making the necklace myself. The end result is really cool. The seed beads give it a tribal look, and the safety pins no longer look like safety pins, but rather a cool silver skeleton.   I finished it off, with a beaded “chain” to make a long necklace that you can throw on with any basic shirt for a neat funky addition of color.

the inspiration

You’ll Need:

Scissors, strong beading thread, safety pins, nail polish, and seed beads

Open the safety pin, and feed on seed beads.


I decided to us lime green and black with the black beads jumping around, but you can come up with any pattern you want. Notice the pattern changes.

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As you finish safety pins, line them up on the table, so that you don’t lose the order you want them to go in.


Once you’ve finished. Begin feeding the safety pins into the beading thread.


Make sure they are all facing in the same direction.

Thread a needle with the thread


Thread seed beads on until you have reached the desired length for you necklace.


I decided to do mine in a contrasting color – white.

Once you’re done, loop the thread around the last bead on each side of the “chain.”


Feed the needle through the last few beads on the opposite side to close the circle.


Loop the thread around individual beads a few more times, and then thread it back to where the loose thread is hanging out & tie a knot.

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Cut thread ends.


Paint the knot and last few beads with nail polish to secure


And you’re done!