Women have dominated fashion industry which was thought to be a form an art designed for them. Most of the designers target the demographic of women while the men are left out. This has been the norm where a fashionable and stylish was the one in a well-tailored suit. But times have changed and so have cultural paradigms and beliefs on the attitude of masculinity towards self-awareness and the review of gender binaries. Ghanaian African wear styles for men have taken over the country by storm.
Take a walk down the streets of Ghana, and you will be impressed by the efforts men are putting in fashion.. A round of applause to our leaders who are really pushing the envelope when it comes to modern African dress styles for men. We have seen some of the leaders try out new men African wear in their rallies and official meetings. With everyone becoming hyped up and conscious of how they look, the future never looked brighter.
Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon of the African men’s fashion? If you are, there is no need to worry since the boat hasn’t sailed yet. There is room for a stowaway, and we have the perfect and most recent styles that have not only made headlines in the fashion industry but will surely turn heads when you walk down the streets. Just remember to walk with your head held high and share with your friends and cronies the amazing styles you are about to uncover. Here is a comprehensive break down of the Ghana fashion for men.
Latest men’s African wear
The case of an oversize jeans and t-shirt are becoming more and more extinct with each new dawn paving way for self-expression in African wear for men. We have the latest men African wear that are a must have in every mans wardrobe
Kente cloth for men's outfits
You are probably thinking how insane it sounds to wear the kente material that was originally designed for women. You could never sound more wrong, remember earlier how I told you cultural paradigms have shifted? Well I wasn’t pulling your leg. Kente cloth has become universal with numerous designs. The traditional African print has been improved and modified to meet he appeal of the younger generation. You no longer need to wrap it around your shoulders like the way our ancestors did.
The patch work and finer details are what makes the kente cloth unique and stand out. Designers have incorporated the design into formal t-shirts, jackets and most recently in blazers. It is important to note that the different colors have a meaning and a certain occasion. The bright kente colors are for jubilation and are worn during celebrations such as weddings and engagements. But the dull kente colors are worn during formal or sad events such as funerals. For the urban look, you can design to fit in your hoodie or bomber jacket.
Dashiki African wear design for guys
Dashiki is an African inspired cotton print made from solid color fabrics. You probably think like this is not for you since it has become very common in the streets but that’s not the case. A fashion guru once said that fashion never dies, and when it dies it resurrects years later. And that fits the case for dashiki, many only are used to the pullover shirts with side pockets. You can spot it everywhere especially on the weekend. Well don’t be like the others, remember you have the print, you can incorporate it into your t-shirt, sweatpants and hoodie.
The bright colors and ornate embroidery make the dashiki a must-have in your wardrobe. Design your plain color t-shirt with the dashiki print around the hem and around the neckline for that stylish look. You can pair up with khaki pants on your way to work or casual jeans when going out on the weekend. The dashiki has been worn by many Ghanaian celebrities and also made its way in the mainstream fashion industry in the world. It is comfortable and really fashionable. Don’t be scared of the bright colors, its what makes you stand out.
Senator style for political suits designs
Let’s talk about the formal men’s African wear designs that is making rounds in the fashion industry. The name was drawn from former Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. It is a favorite due to its simplicity. It is made of a long shirt that is knee-length and matching color pants. The shirt has a specific embroidery pattern around the collar, chest or the belly. The trousers are plain and simple, but you can also add the designs and embroidery on the shirt. Recent designs include buttons across the chest to accentuate the embroidery.
The senator style designs are usually made from bold and strong fabrics with a different array of color. Some of the popular colors that are currently making waves include red, white, black, blue and gray. To top off the complete look, a hat will do the magic. It is a common trend on the runaway and red carpet. It is a simple but yet classic and fashionable look that should be a necessity in your wardrobe. It can be worn during weddings, engagements and special events. It also speaks of our African culture and heritage.
The Agbada: Nigerian clothing for men
The Agbada is one of the most popular designs in Nigeria since time immemorial. With time, designs have modified the look and made it more appealing to be worn by the younger generation. They also are made of different colors and fabric but the end products resemble each other. It consists of a gown-like apparel that is usually runs from the shoulders to knee length. The color of the gown matches the color of the pants. The embroidery on the Agbada is what makes it unique. It must be neat, decent and appealing to the eyes.
The embroidery must not necessary match the color of the fabric. Wearing a hat will complete the look. It should also be brighter than the color used in the making of the garment. Without the embroidery, the agbada is just a garment. You can also add a vintage or timeless necklace to make it stand out. Modern designs have made it easier for the younger generation to wear it, it is also worn by celebrities on music videos and movies. It is the epitome display of the African culture.
Kitenge African traditional shirts men
The kitenge fabric hails from the East African region where is infamous for women and recently has been modified to serve the men as well. It has a rich design that comes in different shapes and colors. In women, the kitenge can be sewn from head to toe in for of a dress, but in mem that would be too much detail. Designers have incorporated the kitenge design to form formal t shirts for different occasions. It can also be patched with your normal outfit to give it more details and make it look fashionable.
The fabric has been used to make blazers, shirts, shorts and trousers. When wearing the kitenge blazer, match it khaki pant of a dull color such as beige or black to make it get all the attention. Also, the same goes for the kitenge design trousers and shorts, they should be worn with a plain shirt. It is also work-appropriate and can be worn during special events like weddings and engagements. A common trend is where the kitenge design is used to make the dress for the wife and same fabric is used for the father and family making you appear as a solid unit.
Senegalese Kaftan latest male fashion in Ghana
The kaftan is a common necessity especially in the closet of a Senegalese which consists of a long garment matched with drawstring pants often worn during special events. They are made of first grade brocade lined with high quality lace. The look is completed with a kufi cap. It is worn by people of different religions and faith including Christians, African Jews and Muslims. Designers from around the world have modified the kaftan to meet modern day expectations of customers in terms of designs.
They are made for everyday use; the embroidery is what makes it stand out from a normal kaftan suit. For the religious people, the kaftan is made of a single color especially white. But for formal events, it can be embroidered with different patterns around the neck, sleeves and hem. You can also through in an African or vintage necklace to accentuate the look. Initially, it was famous for the mature people but times have changed and the young generations have taken to liking the kaftan as it represents the culture of Africa.
Kiden Hebesha African wear designs
The kiden hebsha is a popular men’s African wear from Ethiopia. It is white handmade clothing that comprises of a white shirt and pants. It is then wrapped around the shoulders and chest. For the daring, it can also be worn around the waist to form a skirt that covers the pants. The cloth is strictly white and matched with white shoes. It is a traditional cloth worn during cultural events and weddings. For the older generation, a walking stick complements the look. Designers have made ramifications to the cloth to make it more appealing to the young generation.
Maasai ‘shuka' African print for men
For this design, we travel to East Africa to meet one of the few remaining tribes in the world that still hold on to their traditional cultures. The Maasai culture is rich and the tribe people style uphold the traditions of their forefathers. One of the most striking fashion item made by the Maasai are the 'shuka' which are wrapped around their bodies for warmth. They have a unique design that has been carefully sewn together to create a beautiful pattern. The 'shuka' is wrapped at the waist by women as a skirt and wrapped around the chest of men as a scarf.
The ‘shuka' has been commercialized especially in 2012 when Louis Vuitton held a fashion show where they displayed various style to wear the ‘shuka.’ The fabric is unique and comes in different colors and patterns with distinct shapes. Modern designers have incorporated the design into blazers, t shirts and bomber jackets for the young generation. It is a fashion item that will never get old. You can also add the patch work to your normal outfit to include the Maasai pattern making it more fashionable.
Unique Ankara styles
Ankara is the new fashion in town. Almost everyone want to rock in Ankara print as it looks classy and elegant and men are not left behind.
Ankara jacket and shorts
There is nothing that exudes confidence than an Ankara jacket. There are different colors that can be used in the jacket. The best part is that the jacket can be worn at the office or on a day out. You can also match it with khaki pants or your casual jeans. Either way it would come of fashionable.
Shorts are a great way to kick start the weekend. Ankara shorts lets people know that even if it’s still a weekend you still don’t let your guard down when it come to fashion. Make sure to wear a plain or monotone shirt when pairing it with the Ankara shorts.
If you are going out with your friend and don’t want to wear jeans or khaki, the best solution to hook up with khaki pants. They are currently the in-thing in Africa. But be careful on the choice of colors you wear. The colors can either make or break your style. Do not be afraid to push the envelop and go for bright colors like red or orange. Just make sure you pair them with a plain color t-shirt to make it trendier. You can wear it with loafers to look bit official and a bit casual. Ankara pants are however not so much work appropriate depending on the nature of your job
Ankara tie and pocket square
You know to be stylish does not mean you have to spend a fortune on the most expensive outfits in the market. Remember when it comes to fashion, the little details matter a lot. There is no better way to show this than adding little Ankara details on your normal work suit. An Ankara tie is the perfect way to give life to your normal suit. The simple detail will do magic in changing your look. Add a matching pocket square and you are guaranteed to have a nice final look. It is one of the latest Ankara styles in Ghana that is fast pacing taking over.
Ankara African wear shirts for men
The bright colors of the Ankara design help bring out the individuality and style in a person. It is also attracting to the eyes, as people get lost in the designs and patterns. You should make it a necessity to have at least one shirt in your wardrobe. Depending on your confidence, you can go for the bright colors but if you are conservative you can remain with the monochrome ones. Ankara designs with mixed colors have become the modern style that has been well accepted by Ghanaians. Pair it with casual jeans and a formal shoe to look more stylish.
There are different types of shirt you can choose from. You can design the collars to be turn down or the Chinese collar which is gaining more popularity. You can also include more pockets for more details. You can also throw in some cuffs at the ends of the hem. You also have the privilege to choose either long sleeve or short sleeved shirts. Short sleeved shirts are best if you have a timeless watch o bracelet to show off. A checkered shirt is the best solution to go from the usual white shirts.
Many people go wrong when it comes to the type of shoes. But the entry of Ankara made shoes in the market, there are many ways you can pull out a cool look. It is the best way to break down the boredom of your outfit. Especially if you are dressed in a white formal shirt and black pants. Break the monotony that comes from wearing black shoes. The Ankara shoes come in form of loafers that are trendy and easy to wear. They basically have the Ankara print embedded on the loafers.
Apart from being comfortable, they are also easy to put on and would give you that stylish look to your outfit. When wearing the Ankara loafers, you do not need to wear socks, let the feet breathe at least. But if you are conservative, you can go for ankle socks, just make sure they don’t emerge from your foot since that will ruin the style. Ankara shoes also go well with a pair of casual jeans, khaki and shorts during summer. They also are very affordable compared to formal shoes which cost a fortune.
Fashionable African dresses
When it comes to fashion it is easier for women since they are more open to different designs with different colors. There are different beautiful designs that are making rounds in the industry, some of the ones that you should have in your wardrobe immediately include:
Faux wrap maxi dress with Hadiya African print
The dress can come in an array of colors including blue, orange and white. They are short-sleeved with a V-shape on the neck region. They stretch from the shoulder to close to the ankles in a floral pattern that is mesmerizing to the eyes. It perfectly tones down to the waist and then stretches out to the knees. The pattern exists as small circles surrounding the whole dress. It is perfect for a night out or a special occasion with a beautiful red grey swirl design.
Midi pencil dress with stretch and Onna fabric
Onna is a unique fabric that has the potential to stretch in order to accentuate your figure in the dress. The dress comes in a variety of colors including white and lime green gem. It has a short sleeve with a scoop back. It also has side pockets with the center back fitted with an invisible zipper. The dress stretches from the shoulders to the knees. It is work appropriate and can also double up for a night out or when going on a date. The patterns include lines and different shapes intermittent with each other in an appealing design.
Chiffon wrap maxi dress
The dress is fully lined with the African print that is light weight chiffon shell with back polyester lining. It has hidden side pockets. It also features a self-tie wrap closure with attached sash. It has long sleeves with cuffs. The dress runs from the shoulders down to the knees. It comes in either green or black. The design is incredible with a V-neck design. It looks like a dapper coat from far. It is perfect for wearing to work or when attending special events like weddings and engagements.
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Multi-colored button-up dress with turquoise African print
Looking for a perfect dress that you can wear to a night out and also to work? Well this is certainly the dress for you. It comes with long sleeves loose fitting knee length. It has clear buttons on the center front from collar stand to hem. It is also unlined with hidden pockets. It comes with a sash and you can also roll up the sleeves halfway for a fresh, relaxed and cool look. Mix it with makeup, and a pair of cute sandals and you are guaranteed to get heads turning. The multi-colored print is very attractive to the eyes.
Bottom-up dress with orange peacock feathers African print
Africa is widely known for its animals; this dress helps you represent one of the most elegant birds in the world. The design of the dress comes with peacock feathers all around. It has long sleeves with the dress running from the shoulders to the knees.
It has hidden pockets and unlined. You can also roll the sleeves up to get that fresh and cool look. You can also wear with monotone pants for a night out or on a day to the office.