Designers keep flashing new styles of dresses for their ever-growing and demanding market base. This generation, specifically, has a spotted a new mentality of women daring new styles that the stylists have to offer. Even though men have not been left behind, designers still have to be on toes to satisfy the demanding interests of women in Ghana. Women generally love to be outstanding and marvelous and fortunately, the stylists are not disappointing.
There are different styles of dresses in Ghana made by various African materials. The materials which are of high quality are also generated just from within the continent if not within the borders, and therefore safeguarding the African heritage. They normally range from Ankara, Kente, Kitenge and many more. The work done by the stylists using those materials is generally exquisite.
Styles of Dresses with Ankara
Well, for the keen-minded, you will notice that latest styles of Ankara dresses sprout out almost every week. Many of them are usually alterations of the existing styles or a new style altogether. There are a number of factors that influence the swift of change in the Ghanaians styles with the common being the launch of a new pattern in town. Many designers would love to put their creativity in it and come up with something jaw-dropping and conspicuous. Nonetheless, celebrities also play a role in the introduction of a new style. Whenever Ghanaians spot a unique style of Ankara dress from a celebrity, they all snatch the concept and come up with a similarly outstanding outfit.
Whichever the factors, Ankara dresses are still marvelous. In fact, there are some popular styles of the dresses trending in the region that you will find appealing, they include;
Ankara Maxi Dress
The Ankara maxi dress is a beautiful and long dress that mostly covers from the neckline and meanders down the body to the ankles. Generally, it’s a comfortable dress and since the fabric itself is cotton, there is free air circulation to cool the body and let it in some breeze.
Ankara Strapless Dress
The Ankara strapless dress is another yet outstanding dress that blends well with a casual setup. It's basically strapless and does hence does not have any shoulder strap or band for support. Made in a unique way, the internal corset and tightness of the bodice keep the dress comfortably in its place and cannot fall off. However, it's always advisable to work with your personal stylist when it comes to such type of a dress since measurements are very crucial for the dress to be in place yet still keeping you comfy.
Who would not want a casual dress for the summer season! The Ankara sun dress serves just right during the hot and sunny weather. It’s usually regarded as a casual dress as it’s a combination of sleeveless and collarless with straps running down the shoulder.
Ankara Shirt Dress
Well, talk of creativity, Ankara shirt dress is made in a creative style to resemble a man’s shirt with buttons running along the front part with a collar accompanied by long sleeves to make the resemblance even more incredible. The fabric also makes the style to be outstanding with its cotton nature. Nonetheless, for the sassy diva, wrapping up the dress with a casual belt, since it’s usually loose, will complete the look. As for the length, it’s usually just above the knees which makes it perfect for casual wear.
Ankara Shirt and Blouse
Apart from the dresses, Ankara also makes very beautiful skirts and blouses. The skirt can be made to be short or long depending on your preference. Usually, the dress is split into two to make the skirt and blouse. It’s one of the many alterations that stylists have come up with to make the fashion world trendy and amazing.
Generally, in as much as there are different styles of African dresses made from Ankara fabric in the market, it’s usually advisable to look for the one that blends well with the shape of your body. Different Ankara dresses with their designs and color patterns fit people differently and hence do not rush to shop for a dress just because it looks good on someone else. Consider your body shape first. Fortunately, Ghanaian stylists never go wrong when making the Ankara dresses as they consider their customers’ body shape in coming up with a style that suits them.
The tall slim beautiful ladies are usually good in long dresses that bring out the curves of their body shape. The ideal style for them is usually the flared dress with a relatively tight fitting at the waist region. As for the ladies who were blessed with a plus size body, there are varied styles of Ghanaian dresses that give them just the best coverage that make them look decent but still elegant.
Styles of Dresses with Lace
Africa has not been left behind in designing dresses with the lace fabric. Even though the material is not originally from within the borders, designers have done a marvelous job in creating unique casual dresses from a material that is monotonously used in designing wedding gowns. There are various styles of lace dresses going around major market stores across the country that may be ideal for the warm weather.
Just like the Ankara dress, lace dresses also vary in their length, color and patterns. Depending on your preference you can definitely get the type you want. They are usually ideal for casual occasions such as keystone birthday celebrations, weddings, award banquets and prom nights.
Some of the pictures of elegant lace dress designs from our very own continental stylists are shown below.
Styles of Chiffon Dresses
The chiffon fabric is yet another type of material that our very own designers have been making exquisite designs out of. It’s a very lightweight woven sheer material that was once made out of silk. Its commonly used as an evening wear because of its magnificent complement to the gown. However, it’s also very popular in blouses, carve and lingerie. With the right creative touch, the fabric can bring out the elegance, simplicity and high fashion appearance in a modern woman. Here are some of the latest styles of Chiffon dresses going round in Ghana that may be appealing to you.
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The Chiffon maxi dress
The chiffon maxi dresses are one of the classic and fashionable designs that have never faded from the market. They have been significant even though there are different styles of dresses in Ghana competing for attention. However, the modern designs tend to be more colorful and flowy. In as much as they are usually ideal for formal events such as weddings and dinner, they can also be worn for the beach during the summer season.
Short chiffon dress
Aside from the long and flowy maxi dress, the chiffon short dress is also good for a youthful and relaxing feeling. The length of the dress tends to range from mini-dresses to the knee-length types. Being one of the conventional Ghana chiffon styles, the short dress is preferred by a majority of people especially the youth for a weekend casual look.
The Chiffon blouse
This kind of blouse cannot be overlooked in any topic of chiffon fabric. It fits in any occasion whether casual or formal. It can also be complemented by any other piece of clothing and will still stand out. It also blends well with any popular materials in Ghana. For instance, the Ankara fabric has been the most worn piece of clothing that blends well with the chiffon blouse. Nonetheless, you can also try out with lace or any other popular fabric and I bet you will still look amazing and trendy.
Styles of Dresses for weddings
Whether traditional or modern setup, Ghana is always known for exclusive styles of dresses for wedding events. Taking into account that it’s a one-time event, the designers never seem to disappoint when designing the dresses, ranging from the wedding gowns, the bride maids’ dresses as well as the guests’ outfits.
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However, unlike other regions, the Ghanaians seem to embrace their very own Kente fabric as a primary clothing piece. Other than being a national dressing piece of fabric, the kente is loved by its people and hence it’s no surprise that it features in many wedding events.
Interestingly, many Ghanaians in this generation are investing a lot of money and time for their weddings to be in traditional setup, and only have a touch of modern aspects. The brides and grooms adore vibrant colors of their traditional fabrics making the whole ceremony lively and memorable. The men usually wrap their cloth around their body and let it rest on their shoulder as they as they walk majestically full of confidence stating cultural pride.
As for the women, designers take their time to make eye-catching dresses that reveal the true beauty of an African queen with some particular cuts that let out the curves but still leaves everything else for imagination.
It’s from the traditional and rich African heritage that many Ghanaian designers have come up with latest styles of dresses that incorporate the traditional and the modern era. Some of the dresses are shown below.
Print dress Designs
The print dress design basically represents the West African’s pride. Many Ghanaians stylists, in their effort to restore that pride, have come up with numerous designs for their people made from our very fabric such as Kente and Ankara. Even though it's a western Africa's trend, the practice has slowly crept into other parts of the continents. Nonetheless, many of the designs used are based on ones' preference, body shape, size as well as purpose. The dresses for a wedding need to be appealing yet decent.
African Lace dress styles
The lace dress is another trendy design in many wedding events in Ghana. It’s a modern outfit and even though it may appear to be more westernized it’s one of the very own African styles. It's usually preferable for people who may be a little bit cautious when it comes to styles and fashion as it brings out a neutral and simple nature without dwelling so much on African style while at the same time not so much on western culture either. Nonetheless, many stylists have their own way coming up with their unique designs in sewing lace to make it look simple yet outstanding as some will have it on the collar regions, others around the arms and the for daring ones, they will use the fabric in making a full-length dress. Whichever design you find best, make sure it suits you and makes you feel like you really own it.
Generally, when it comes it comes to African fashion, whether in weddings, formal event or even casual weekend look, there is nothing that makes it stand out than incorporating our very own fabric in design. That is why the Kaba dresses are also increasingly becoming trendy in the Ghanaian fashion world while the kente, Ankara, dashiki and kitenge styles do not seem to fade from the market.
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Nonetheless, women in Ghana have a lot to experiment in, judging from the competitiveness of the market in the fashion world. Ghana has a lot to offer when it comes to the latest styles of dresses in the in the country and even though there is close proximity with other western African regions in terms of dressing, the national prints and the creativity of the Ghanaian designers make the country to be among the best in the continent. They know exactly how to play around with prints and patterns as well as incorporating traditional designs in their modern outlook.