Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AFRICAN STYLE // 5 TIPS TO AFRICAN DRESSING

African dressing is about vibrant colors and prints that never go out of style nor out of production, from the local Kitenge and Kanga in Tanzania to the Kente of Ghana and Akwete (Igbo) and Aso oke (Yoruba) fabrics to name a few there's culture and history in African dressing.
 African dressing timelessly resists being mellowed out by westernization, but for fluidity, acceptance and tolerance African dressing has adopted numerous western influences, yet the foundational keys remain same. Here are five tips to dressing African if you're not one, but find you're married to one, or if like a lot of millenials you're trying to regain your African-ness.

5 TIPS TO AFRICAN DRESSING
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Keep your palette colorful: 
African women are into colors reflected through the vibrancy of African Wax Prints (Ankara) pieces
II
You will see earthy influences in African dressing: 
Cane, wood, seashells, bamboo, raffia, jute, bones.....It's all about looking natural in a polished way.
III
Africans wear the full regalia to an African party.
IV
Incorporate an African piece into your everyday wardrobe: 
Ankara, Damask, Asooke, Kente, Adire, Akwete....
V
Modesty: 
African dressing is not overly sexy nor restrictive, there's a fine balance to skin exposure

9 comments:

  1. This post is really informative and interesting! Love the earthly tones and focus on prints/patterns in this style of dressing, thanks for sharing babe<3

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    1. Thank you, Jessi. I'm focusing on prints and patterns a lot more recently.

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  2. These are great tips! I am loving the visual style photos. The outfits are so cute!

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    1. Thank you, Rach. I should do more visual style photos then. :-)

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  3. lovely ))

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  4. You look beautiful in these colourful outfits! While I don't have any African influences in my wardrobe I do admire the fashion and those who wear it well like you do :) It's good to celebrate your culture in multiple ways, and fashion is a big part of that :)


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    1. Grateful for your admiration of my culture, Mica. Thank you for the compliment.

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