3 Ankara Fashion Pieces To Add To Your Wardrobe

Gone are the days when an Ankara fashion piece was associated with being backwards and unappreciated. Africa tells her story very well and we are truly embracing our African-ness in terms of fashion.  I am in awe of how original yet evolving we are in designing, styling and creativity in general. Speaking of evolving we no longer wear our clothes the way we used to 100 years ago, but that does not mean we have lost our flavour.

The Ankara Fashion Piece of Today
There are quite a number of fashion designers that are embracing Africa, modernizing the design and I can say almost improving it and because of that, we have a lot of African manufactured ready to wear stylish garments that I want us to explore. I want to look at how you can incorporate Ankara fashion pieces into your day-to-day wardrobe because Ankara prints can be worn outside of traditional occasions and ceremonies.

3 Bold and Fierce Ankara Fashion Pieces

#1 Puff Sleeved Ankara Blouse



A statement puffy sleeve blouse changes your whole outfit; you get that chic, sophisticated and classic look. The exciting thing is that you can style it in many ways; this blouse works with denim pants for a date or a high waist skirt going to the office.

#2 High Waist Skirt


Ankara print is not just for traditional weddings but can elevate your wardrobe, a high waist skirt with and a blouse / an oversized t-shirt will definitely give you that “elegant  boss lady” vibe, be it with a pair of heels or your favorite sneaker you still slay.

#3 African Print Cardigans / Kimono


This is my personal favourite, maybe it is because it finishes off your outfit very beautifully. The bold and unavoidable colours of our African print elevate your outfit. This is a versatile Ankara fashion piece, which can be paired with almost anything. You can layer up using this piece; as shown above, or with a dress, a pair of shorts underneath the list goes on.

Rachel Zoe put it perfectly when she said “style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”, and Africa is definitely showing us her depth.

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Omila Gqoboka
Omila Gqoboka

Fashion Writer

Omila gqoboka is the founder of Royal couture, an image consulting company that helps women is South Africa discover their personal style; help bring definition and empowerment of their wardrobes through wardrobe makeovers and personal shopping. She is a co-founder of the Gqoboka foundation, an organisation dedicated at exposing young South Africans to opportunities through sport and education. Before devoting herself to her passion which is fashion, she graduated with an Economics and Finance degree and has practised for 5 years. Omila is married to the Blue Bulls and Springbok prop Lizo Gqoboka. She is a mother and is very passionate about women empowerment. In addition to being a fashion stylist she has a growing YouTube channel that provides fashion and faith related content.

  1. This amazing Omila Gqoboka, the ankara fashion style, i like it that i can go to my office, boldly with african print. Lets embace our african fashion and promote our own designers. I am blessed and motivated. The truth is I used to only wear my ankara items when attending certai traditional ceremonies. Oh woow Summer with my ankara outfits, being stylish and look proffessional in my # Ankara. Mhhh

  2. Thank you Omila for this amazing writing on our Ankara, our african print, i really admire the boldness of my peice of Ankara in a proffessional world class outfit as the face of the office at work.

    The truth is i never thought an Ankara item in office enviroment. I am inspired for change. Summer is coming and i can not wait to get an item of Ankara straight cut or let me say pencil skirt with a puffed plain top for my office. Bold in colours which my african style. Mhhhh. Thank you Omila Gqoboka

    1. Thank you Ndileka for your feedback, I am glad you enjoyed this piece and that you are inspired to wear your ankara clothes.

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