Oh S**t! I found something dope while thrifting last week (dances around like a lunatic) I found a Duster! But not just any duster, a AFRICAN TRIBAL PRINT duster! Boom! Mind Blown! As we all know, ethic African prints are ruling summer 2016 with no signs of letting up. Lucky me, I found a fashion anomaly piece. A lil' history.... dusters made it's fashion debut in the early 1900s. The duster coat was originally a plain Edwardian cover up coat to protect finer clothing on a dusty motoring car journey. Later the duster coat became a 1950s and 1960s fashion mainstay. Fast forward nearly a century later and the duster has graduated to a great cover-up, perfect for chilly summer evenings!
So, here are a couple of tips on how to rock a duster and leave your fashion comrades in the dust this summer:
1. Wear a simple T-shirt underneath- Simplicity for the summer will always be a winner. If you're wearing a duster that's print heavy with loud colors or shapes (like the one pictured) make sure the duster is the main character and not the understudy. "Simple up" your t-shirt. Give your duster the shine it needs and watch it steal the show!
2.) Pair your duster with summer ready distressed jeans or shorts- No leggings, Capri pants, or skirts allowed! A duster gives off a "cool" summer vibe. Don't complicate the look. Nothing says, "summer cool" like a pair of boyfriend jeans or shorts!
3.) Pull out the Over size bags!- Clutches need not apply for this ensemble! Summertime means your hands must be free to hold red plastic cups at backyard parties, carry your iPhone to capture great summer moments and to grip your Strawberry Ice Cream cone! Find a dope over sized bag with a shoulder strap and live it up!
So be a trailblazer, follow your own path, and kick up dust along the way...but don't forget to look good while you're doing it!