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The world in your wardrobe; Lisa Haynes on how to take style inspiration from far-flung destinations this summer.

Byline: Lisa Haynes

IF the recent spell of sunshine has put you in the holiday mood, then it's time to jet off to exotic climes through your wardrobe. No need for a round-the-world ticket because this season fashion has gone global. Far-flung inspirations range from Latino Mexican styling to an explosion of ethnic Indian colour.

You can take the tourist approach and just add a statement accessory or trinket, or go full-on native with a top-to-toe ensemble that really captures the spirit of the destination.

This is traveller chic at its glossiest but the beauty is that most of it will work for the urban jungle - the office, your local pub or even a holiday on the couch.

AFRICAN ADVENTURE Safari chic isn't exactly a new concept for the summer season but the catwalk's latest reincarnation has got the tribal look beating to a different drum. African artisan influences were big on the spring/summer catwalks with details like ikat prints, intricate beading and woven raffia.

Khakis and neutrals have taken a hike this year to make way for bold vibrant prints. Wear with a crisp white shirt or tee if you want to tame them down. When it comes to accessories, go crafty with homespun touches like fringing, beadwork and macrame detailing.

EGYPTIAN SPIRIT If the idea of a monochromatic palette or being draped in gold appeals, Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra should be your summer style icon. Walk like an Egyptian in hieroglyphic prints, sphinx references and gold, gold, gold.

For something quirky, the high street has even delivered Eye of Horus and Mau cat motifs. Topshop mixed its Egyptian-inspired Unique collection with Nineties New York for a hip-hop modern take.

Don't leave the house without some serious gold bling. Look for Egyptian artefact-style accessories for an authentic goddess look.

MEXICANA MOOD Fashion's doing the Mexican wave this season. Grab your Margarita and burrito and add Latino touches to your wardrobe for a hot summer look. But you have to brave the brights. Hunt out aztec prints and include flashes of fiery reds, oranges and yellows.

Homespun embroidery and cool crochet is another key detail if you want to go more low-key. Look for aztec or floral detailing for laid-back Mexicana at its best.

Avoid the sombrero hat and make your Mexican look less fancy dress, more luxe, with beaded statement necklaces, heavily embroidered bags and bright bangles.

INDIAN SUMMER Turn up the heat with an ethnic-inspired ensemble for some exotic glamour. Take inspiration from the beautiful silk saris of India with long kaftan-style dresses in rich jewel hues like purple or green. They're ideal to take you from beach to bars - just add heels and jewellery. Vivid scarf prints on maxis and tops are another way to experiment with Taj Mahal chic.

MOTH MAYHEM Bad news for clothes: moths are having a ball in Infestations our wardrobes. in the UK have shot up by 90% in the last two months, according to pest control experts Rentokil.

Common clothes moths and their larvae thrive in warm, enclosed environments such as wardrobes and feed on animal fibres such as wools and silk. With most Britons now owning more clothes than ever before, moth populations are thriving


From left: Plumo Tuzpan aztec dress, pounds 129; Angel Ribbons at Simply jersey fringe hem top, pounds 15; M&Co border tribal maxi dress, pounds 55 Monsoon Toshka print maxi, pounds 120 (main picture), and Dune Vivian beaded peep toe courts, pounds 79
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2012
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