As Africans, we are most times easily identifiable, especially when we are dressed in our native wear. Today, despite the change in trends and society, we boast proudly that we are still able to preserve our culture as the world evolves. Our culture defines who we are and we are always proud to represent our nation, in whatever situation.
In our fashion industry, we have a multitude of beautiful African print styles. These range from our Ankara styles, lace styles, and Aso Ebi, just to name a few. Such styles and fabrics are used to create gorgeous jaw-dropping gowns.
Ankara is one of the most well known African print styles. This kind of fabric has a vibrant color that is analogous to Africa because of the tribal-like designs. Below are some examples of the fabric being used in Nigerian fashion.
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Ankara can be worn for any occasion. In this photo, the Ankara adds style and is the highlight of the entire dress. Such a dress can be worn to a dinner, party or even a wedding, just to name a few!
Lace is one of the longest lasting fabric in the game. It never goes out of style, somehow it is always incorporated into the latest fashion trends. Below are a few photos of lace being used in Nigeria latest fashion.
Let us take a look a moment to admire the details in this fish tail dress. This beautiful woman can be easily mistaken for an African queen. She wore it so well!
Aso Ebi in Yoruba literally means family cloth. This kind of fabric is worn in a uniform like manner at ceremonies like weddings, funerals and other festivities. It denotes union and solidarity. Each person can have different designs of the fabric. See the photo below to get a visual understanding.
Latest fashion trends for ladies in Nigeria
This season special attention is being paid to shoulders, sleeves, and skirts. Sleeves are more defined, dramatic, and voluminous.
(1) Dramatic sleeves and off shoulder blouses
This is a perfect example of the kind of trend being followed in Nigeria today. This photo shows a beautiful Ankara blouse that is off the shoulder and has long exaggerated sleeves.In the photo above, the model pairs her Ankara blouse with nice jeans. If you ask me, her attire was chic, trendy, girly and not too revealing if you are a conservative kind of girl.
(2) Cold shoulders
Consider this to be the second option for the off-the-shoulder dress or skirt. If you find it annoying to be constantly pulling up your sleeves but want to show off your shoulders, then this design is suitable for you. With such a trend, the shoulder is elegantly revealed and meets at the neck. Take a look at the photos below.
Did someone ask for more versatility? A cold-shoulder blouse like this is worth the investment!
(3) Pastiche fringes
Up next are fringes. Fringes have been around since the eighteenth century and have maintained its relevancy up to now. Fringes continue to be syndicated with a flirtatious character and can be described as pastiche.
Some might have seen fringes only being worn on the end of dresses or skirt, but the placement of fringes are not just limited to that. Fringes can be worn on shirts and on dresses. When designed on dresses, it can be in a layered format throughout the entire length of the dress, at the end of it or at the shoulders like in the photo below.
Remember those pleated skirts you wore back in school? They are back and more stylish than ever. Pleated skirts are being rocked by almost every female, to almost every event. Don't just take it from me because I said it, take a look at the photos below!
(5) Blazers and vests
Blazers and vests are light jackets that can transform any outfit. It can transform a plain dress or shirt into something spectacular for church, school, work or a night out. Blazers and vests with African prints, especially Ankara are becoming very popular this season. Their popularity and demand have increased over the past few months, making it a closet essential because it gives the extra oomph or missing piece you may be looking for. A blazer is an accessory! Take a look at the different kinds of blazers below.
This sleeveless Ankara vest that compliments the dress very well and makes the entire outfit complete.
(6) Jumpsuits and rompers
Fit for any season and event, rompers, and jumpsuits are also closet essentials. See the photos below for inspiration.
This stylish romper that is well suited for a date at the carnival, picnic and even the movies.
Here is a fiery jumpsuit, paired with a belt and heels to give a semi-formal look.
Again with the shoulders! This outfit is especially ideal for ladies with long legs.
This jumpsuit has a combination of many styles, apart from the long pants, it is opened in the back and the top joins into a choker like a shirt collar.
(7) Matching two piece
Two piece suits are generally made to be worn together, but there is no rule that says they can not be worn separately as well. Consider the photo above, it can be worn for business together or separately and for leisure. To some, the pattern may be overbearing, if that is your take on it, tone it down with a nice solid color that will compliment it well or make this particular piece stand out.
The popular trends of today begin with the choice of fabric, go to fabrics for this seasons are listed below:
â— Lace, for example, Kaftan lace
â— Aso Oke
Latest Nigerian clothes designs for men
Fashion is not just limited to women, let us not forget our men who love fashion as much as some of us do!
When it comes to men's fashion, similar materials are used to design the various garments. Popular styles for men also include Ankara, Aso Ebi, Agbada, Dashiki, and Kaftan. Common materials that are used to sew some of these styles include cotton, polished lace, linen, guinea, brocade, wool, and atiku. Native styles are also popularly worn and preferred by a lot of men, especially celebrities abroad. Take a look at some of the hottest trends for Nigerian men this season, below.
(1) Ankara designs
Men have managed to incorporate Ankara into their everyday wear, it is being worn as shirts, suits, ties etc. Take a look below.
(2) Aso Ebi
This is also worn by men to illustrate union and support at celebrations like a wedding. Velvet and polished lace are trendy for male Aso Ebi. See the photo below for a demonstration.
(3) Native styles and Kaftan suites
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In the photo above, polished lace was used to make this masculine Nigerian traditional wear.
(4) Agbada style
Such a style is often associated with the elite. It is a long free flowing robe with wide arms that is worn by both the young and young at heart. When worn, the individual feels the admiration and respect given because of their attire. Common colors won this season are full black, cream, white, beige, shades of blue and even red etc. Take a look at the photos below for showcasing the trendiest Agbada style this season.
One of the most important attributes of the Agbada is the embroidery. It should be neatly and beautifully done. It is the highlight of the attire and should compliment the style, not necessarily by matching colors.
(5) The Dashiki
The dashiki has come a longway and has remained relevant since its conception. The dashiki is a must have and should be in everyone's closet. It is versatile and can be worn as is or added to other garments to give a stylish appearance.