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.