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White shirt Wednesday: call of the wild

safari inspired styling white silk shirts with khaki separates

Shifting utilitarian dressing up a gear, summer signals the re-emergence of city safari looks. Adding a touch of fierce fashion flair into your sartorially sophisticated seasonal rotation, exchange sports chic go-faster stripes for rich earthy tones and military surplus silhouettes.

An exotic take on a runway classic, trailblazing designers like Versace and Bottega Veneta opted out of tired khaki and camo in lieu of  tropical, tribal interpretations on seasonal favourites like cargo pants, mahogany jewellery and all-natural fibres. 

Showcasing a range of contemporary separates for the wanderlusting Serengeti show-off.  Cut scene to the dense jungle on a painted pachyderm, setting up camp in the tropical undergrowth and bathing of the rainforest lake -  for just a taste of what this trend has in store...

Inspired by sepia-toned memories of long forgotten crusaders, brush jackets, expedition boots and functional pockets paid tribute to a long history of wilderness glamour and sun baked shades that have punctuated seasonal collections year on year,

With a hunt-or-be-hunted philosophy resonating through the fashion ranks, big game designs were left untouched with gun flap macs, knife sheathed boots and reclaimed wooden accenting adding to the authentic appeal of destination looks across the fashion landscape.

Returning to functional linens, cotton, leather and metal, stray from parched sahara reds, bronzed gold and celebratory orange and take your look back to basics with nearly-nothing hints of sand, cream and beige. An understated look that doesn't need to shout to be noticed, this subtle melange of cool classics compounds old and new world sensibilities with a European street edge.

Using our luxurious short sleeved Bettie shirt to set the tone, this off-white blend of fresh shapes and disproportionate dimensions adds an overtly modern feel to classic outback designs. Worn under this functional golden gilded d-ring waist jacket, our light silk shirt adds a feminine undertone to a masculine-inspired silhouette. Worn in unison with this split hem wrap skirt, there's no denying the adventuresome accenting that points toward out of Africa influences.

A neat design that embraces a minimalist interpretation on a bold summer trend, this cool three-piece combo is given a high luxe edge with strong statement jewellery like this OTT tribal fertility cuff and embossed, hand-tooled leather shoulder bag and finally, textured suede and marbled wood wedges for extra fashion flounce!
More than meets the eye, take safari dressing down to basics this season and invest in detailed designs that accentuate vintage dressing with a decidedly modern runway twist.
Pictured: Stark naked white Bettie silk shirt, C/Meo wrap skirt, Balmain belted safari jacket, vintage bronze bracelet, Valentino hand tooled leather shoulder bag, Steve Madden wedges

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