Being a hub for fashion and antique prints, Ghanaian African wear styles have always been outstanding and appealing to the eyes. The fabrics, in particular, are usually part of African heritage with very deep cultural values. From time to time, designers have been meticulously playing around with such fabrics in creating something exquisite. This year’s styles for both men and women attest to their high level of skills and creativity.
The use of kente, Kitenge, batakari among other materials is what brands Ghanaian clothing styles. It's no surprise that kente and batakari are part of the national dressing. Through government support and citizen's pride, Ghana's brands have traversed far and beyond the borders. There is always an ever-growing demand for new dresses, consequently keeping stylists on toes. Fortunately, they have not been disappointing.
Ghana dress styles 2018
Latest ghanaian dresses are nothing short of perfection. They are professionally designed and look simply amazing. Even though many of them are usually alterations of previous versions, the works done by our very own stylists is really remarkable. Below are some of the latest styles going round in our country.
Ghana cloth styles-short dresses
Kente fabric is always associated with high status and elegance. That is why many of its dresses are usually long, classy and always sophisticated. However, in recent times, short dresses have taken back the limelight and always spotted at various events. They are usually meant for a casual look, even though some of them blend seamlessly in a traditional setup. Here are some of the trendy outfits going around.
Brown color in kente fabric is culturally linked to royalty and monetary wealth, and this dress clearly depicts that. The unique design of having short sleeves yet still comfortably fitting, to bring out the feminine curves is definitely impeccable.
This is part of Ghanaian clothing well-tailored for a confident and daring woman. It’s made to a comfortably fitting size, a short length and off-shoulder straps that cross over the arms. The cleavage is also precisely cut to expose just a little bit of skin while leaving the rest for imagination.
Even though kente’s short dresses are very much appealing to the eyes, it’s not the only fabric used in making latest dresses in Ghana. Ankara’s new dressing styles are equally adorable. Here are some of them trending this year.
African wear styles for ladies -Ankara short flare gowns
Looking for a simple decent gown for a date night? Well, look no further as this short purple print dress will definitely solve your dilemma. With a flare on the bottom half, it can surely give you all the comfort you need when in it. It can be paired with neutral colored heels and attractive accessories. One good thing about this dress is that it blends well with any kind of body shape be it hourglass or plus size. It’s actually one of the best Ghana women clothes highly in demand.
Ghana African attire-Halter Ankara Dress
This is for the kind of ladies who are bold and confident in their bodies. It’s a perfect outfit for casual out-and-about trips during weekends. Since its lose fitting, it gives you all the comfort you need after a long week of formal suits. You can also wrap it up with a nice a thin belt preferably with a distinctive color.
Ghanaian African wear-A-line Ankara dress
Even though it may appear simple, it perfectly complements classy and elegant women. It’s a beautiful flare-styled dress that gives a lot of freedom for body movement and relaxation. It also has off-shoulder straps which obviously gives enough room for conspicuous accessories around the neck. Ideally, the kind of accessory you choose should balance the ornamental art around the chest. With a precisely cut cleavage, this dress is definitely for courageous and confident ladies. Anyway, it can be a perfect outfit for a date or simply a casual out and about.
Ghanaian clothing-Body-con Ankara dress
When in need of a formal dress for an office meeting, this dress is the right one for you. It’s a tight fitting short dress that gives an edgy and beautiful look yet decent and reserved. It’s one of the Ghanaian straight dress styles trending this year. It’s usually ideal for lean and tall ladies who have an hourglass kind of look, as it normally streams down the body contours enhancing the natural body image. Complementing it with a thin unique belt, a small purse, and simple jewelry will certainly make you stand out in any boardroom.
Aside from boardroom meetings, with its simple layout, this dress, therefore, is very much ideal for family get-together events, especially when visiting your in-laws.
Ghana African dresses-Pencil Ankara Dress
This is yet another amazing outfit for slim bodies. It blends well with the body curves making you look not only bold but beautiful as well. It’s mostly preferable for evening dates but you can as well wear it confidently into a formal meeting. Killing two birds with one stone is exactly what this dress proposes.
Latest styles of dresses-Dashiki Short Dress
A garment that was once left for loosely fitting shirts, has been transformed to make wonderful and splendid short dresses, thanks to our very own designers. These latest dress styles in Ghana are now irresistible and make ladies look attractive-full of charms of beauty.
African wear long dresses
Many African designers put more emphasis on long dresses because of how royal and elegant they tend to be. The prints also naturally add flavor and uniqueness in them, making them marvelous and appealing to the eyes. Regardless of the African fabric used, an experienced stylist would know exactly how and where to make the right cuts. Below are some of the latest fashion styles in Ghana.
When we talk about class and perfection, these dresses know exactly how to portray such elements. They are very magnificent, well-fitting and vividly reveal the feminine figure. This is not to mention other appealing creativity such as ruffled neckline, open-back and waistline as well as a single vertical print line running from top to bottom.
Aside from nicely fitting dresses, flairs and mermaids are also common long dresses’ designs that have been dominating this industry for a quite a while now. As a result, fashion designers in Ghana have also been making well-thought alterations to them to create something exclusive and eye-catching dresses.
Traditional dresses are part of our culture and hence will not vanish from the stores anytime soon. They are mainly worn during ceremonial events such as weddings, graduation, the birthday of a newborn as well as royal parties and remembrance of ancestors, among others. They are usually simple and incorporate many traditional accessories for a typical African theme. Some of this outfits are shown below.
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This kente dress in orange, green, blue and purple colors depict royalty, love, harmony, and feminine as well as spiritual growth. Normally all colors and patterns have a deeper meaning and therefore are worn according to the nature of the ceremony. For instance, this was definitely a wedding. However, there are also other patterns and colors for a similar wedding ceremony that are equally beautiful and stunning.
Male African wear styles
For a very long time, fashion styles and trendy outfits were only left for ladies and female gender as a whole. They were meant to look attractive and beautiful, and hence sought outfits that were nothing less than adorable. Men, on the other hand, seemed dormant and conservative.
This notion has taken a different turn as men’s African styles of dresses have been well explored by today’s designers and highly supported by men themselves. There are varied designs many of which are basically simple but fascinating.
New dressing styles-Men dashiki suit
A while back, dashiki outfit was mainly worn by Muslim men. It then went on to become a loosely fitting shirt that acted as a trademark for African heritage. It was mainly worn by African diplomats in foreign countries, musicians of African descent and many African-American human rights' activists.
That aspect drastically changed in this modern era, as our very stylists came up with dashiki outfits that are so marvelous and well-tailored for robust African men. Check out a sample of the styles below.
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This is a three-piece dashikis suit accompanied by a bow tie meant to break the monotony of having westernized suits at our hosted events. It’s an official attire and therefore do not be surprised to spot it at a formal meeting. Whichever way, it also acts as an ideal suit for a date or wedding ceremony.
This is for the kind of men who want to keep classy yet casual by incorporating a well-fitting dashiki jacket with a plain t-shirt and a pair of jeans. It’s definitely a modern man’s attire. The choice of color is also bold and edgy.
This is yet another outstanding dashiki pantsuit. A sharp blue color and tight-fighting size are all that it takes to boost confidence.
African print styles for guys
Aside from Dashiki, there are also other inspiring Ghanaian African wear styles for men going rounds in the market this year. For instance, Batakari, which is part of our national dressing attire and also regarded as native, has been having quite a number of styles to suit this modern society-since it’s also very popular.
Batakari has some close resemblance to Dashiki but it has stripped smocks that are specifically made of thick, hand-woven cloth with black and white stripes running a full course. To spice up the design, the black and white stripes usually alternate in a manner that brings a varying shade of color and general intensity. In addition to that, the helm is also deliberately left with some short lengths hanging free as a way of uniqueness and dazzling work of art. Check out some of the samples designed for 2018.
Whenever Batakari is mentioned, kente print is always next in line. This is another similarly popular fabric in Ghana that is not going to fade away anytime soon. It is highly exploited by ladies when coming up with their traditional attire styles. But then again, ladies need to be complemented by a matching gentleman right by their side, and so men are equally considered.
It’s a special print mainly worn for traditional ceremonies but aside from that, it’s also among the common pieces of cloth known to generate latest Ghanaian fashion styles. The style may be as simple as adding a patch of print at a very conspicuous section of a shirt or sweater or sophisticated by using the whole fabric in designing something worthwhile.
All in all, in a traditional set-up, like a royal party for instance or even a wedding, the fabric is simply wrapped around the body while crossing over the chest region as part of cultural African wear styles for men. Some accessories such as a traditional necklace and wristband may be used to give the outfit an antique touch.
Top fashion designers in ghana
Of course, the ghana dresses styles could not have been that successful and stunning were it not for the creative touch of our very own designers. We are blessed to have very many designers while many of them keep emerging regularly for a slice of the market's pie. Well, honestly being a fashion center in the western African region, this industry is lucrative and really improving the living standards of many of our people.
- Kristin and Kofi Essel
Kristin and Kofi Essel are among the top designers in our country who have contributed immensely in putting our country in the fashion-world map. They are both business and married partners. Some of their creative products are being worn by international celebrities such as Beyoncé, Solange, and La La Anthony.
- Leslie Wiredu
Leslie Wiredu is the man behind video costumes for either musicians or actors. With a reputation to uphold he dresses not only Ghana’s but many international celebrities as such as the billionaire Davido. He shares such reputation with Kofi Okyere Darko who left his longtime career as a radio personality to start his own clothing brand. These are just a few of the highly regarded stylists who have made our country proud in the fashion sector.