Fashion is one of the many things that Africa is known for. When it comes to African print wear, you are certain to get a design that suits you due to the plethora of options available. Whether you are a lady or a guy, you can look fashionable as long as you wear an outfit which suits your body shape and a color that complements you. Some of the beautiful African print designs include Kitenge, Kente, Oke, Aso, Gele and Dashiki.
Presently, African wear is wear for many occasions and not just the traditional ceremonies as was the case in the past. Creative designers have come up with styles and designs that you can wear with different clothing items and to different events. Below, we discuss some of the latest designs of African wear which you can wear to church, traditional ceremonies, weddings, formal and also informal occasions.
V-Neck mixed print African wear for church
This V-neck mixed yellow and pink mixed pattern cocktail dress is elegant, chic and vibrant. The colors blend and the mid-length of the dress makes it perfect for going to church, a wedding or even to work. You can accessorize it with a belt as shown in the picture or you could wear it without a belt. Other accessories you could choose to wear to accentuate the design are earrings, a necklace and bangles.
Purple and yellow wrap dress latest African wear
The dress in the photo below is a maxi dress which is quite chic. It has a wrap-around neckline with short sleeves. The punch waistline complements this style. The red belt and heels match perfectly with the colors in the print on the dress.
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Ankara Buba latest African wear for ladies
This dress is an Ankara print loose-fit buba dress with some rhinestone details. You can wear it for a dressed up or a casual occasion. It’s quite easy to accessorize with gold and you can wear black shoes to complete the look.
Midi cape latest African wear for ladies
Cape dresses have been fashionable for quite some time now. The dress highlighted below is made of 100% cotton. Its capes are removable for when it gets very hot and it also provides a twist to the design. You can wear this dress to church, a wedding or any traditional ceremony.
Styles of African wear - High-low dress
The design below is designed by a designer known as Rahyma and it is a high-low dress that has a unique cut on the sleeves. This style is sexy and unique. It is great to wear if you are going out for a date, evening party or an informal occasion.
Fancy wedding dress African wear
Yellow is a bold and bright color to wear. However, it is not always easy to wear and sometimes, it is best to blend it with another color, preferably a dark color. The dress below is a long flowing yellow dress, which has been blended perfectly with a brown and yellow African robe at the back to give it a chic look. You can wear this dress to a wedding or even church.
Maxi dress with puff sleeve latest African print styles
What is not to love about the puff sleeve maxi dress in the image below? The blend of blue and purple is just perfect. It is a long maxi dress and the puff on one sleeve makes its outstanding. You can wear it to informal occasions, weddings and church. Its design allows you to get away with not wearing any accessories.
Latest African wear styles - Mermaid tube dress
If you want to wow people at the next event you attend, you could opt for this stunning mermaid tube dress. It is long, elegant and the tube design makes it suitable for summer events or even a night out. It has an interesting blend of colors which will make you stand out.
Latest African wear tops for ladies - Dashiki peplum wrap top
The design in the image below is that of a peplum wrap top with a gorgeous bright orange print. It includes a fitted bodice, and mid-length sleeves and it is a great addition to wear with black or brown pants. You could wear it to an evening party, a date or a wedding. You could also choose to wear a black or brown skirt and you will still look great with this top.
Off-shoulder African kente top
This is an African Kente top with a grey, blue and maroon print. The off-shoulder sleeves makes this design interesting. It is a trendy top which you can wear with pants, jeans, shorts or a skirt. Ladies of various sizes can wear this top as it has adequate room for the bust. The design has a band to ensure that you are comfortable when wearing it. You can wear it for informal occasions.
Ankara print sequin dress for African engagement wear
This is a mixed print Ankara print dress with sleeves. It is quite fitting and it is advisable to get it in the right size. The sequin details gives life to this design. One can choose to wear it for as an evening dress or to weddings, church and other informal occasions.
Long flowing tube dress for African engagement wear
If you are looking for the perfect dress to wear for your engagement, then this long, blue and silver African print dress fits the bill. It is classy, sexy and chic. You can accessorize it with a necklace and bangles to complete the look.
Latest African wear styles - Full midi dress
This is a simple, sleeveless, African print midi dress. It has a beautiful color combination and the full bottom makes it stand out. You can wear it when going to church, weddings or any occasion held during the weekend. Its high neck means that you do not need a necklace to accessorize it. You can choose to wear heels or sandals with the dress.
Latest African wear for guys - Two piece Kente suit with baggy trousers
In the image below, we have a man in a two-piece Kente suit. The man has a pullover shirt that has some pockets on the sides. You can wear it during the cold weather. The baggy trousers make the outfit look colorful and they match the shirt perfectly. When accessorizing, you can opt to wear white shoes or black, according to your preferences. You can make a statement with this outfit.
African wear for couples - A mermaid dress and suit
This is one of the styles in which couples can match yet still have unique outfits. In the photo above, the lady has a blue mermaid dress with a yellow print on the top and bottom while the man has a white suit with some African print incorporated on the hat. The suit gives him a dapper look. He matches the blue in the lady’s dress with a blue shirt and shoes. This outfit is excellent if you are attending a wedding or any other informal event as a couple.
African Wear for Couples - Black Agbadas
In the photo above, the lady is wearing a short black Agbada dress that some gold embellishments at the top. The guy matches the lady’s look with a black shirt with similar gold embellishments. He has a plain black trouser. The couple both have black shoes to complete this outfit. This outfit is ideal if a couple is going out to an evening party or even an informal event during the weekend.
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African engagement wear
If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for what to wear during your engagement, then go no further. The lady in the photo above has a sleeveless peplum Ankara print and the guy complements her look with a white shirt that has a yellow print at the top. The African print has a beautiful combination of blue and yellow. This is a simple but fashionable look for couples who are celebrating their engagement.
Ultra-chic African print dress
The dress in the photo below has an ultra-chic design. It is short and has some ruffle details at its bottom. It has medium sleeves and is the perfect dress to wear on a night out. It will surely do the introduction for you. It is a dress to boost your confidence and get the party rocking. You could also choose to wear it to an evening party maybe after a wedding.
African wear for church - A high-low mermaid dress
If you are looking for something decent to wear to church, then you could opt for this high-low mermaid dress. It is asymmetrical, with trumpet sleeves. It is a long, elegant and trendy dress which is sure to make you stand out whether you wear it to church, a wedding or even a party. You might also choose to wear it if your man is introducing you to his parents. It does not need a lot of accessories. You just need some stylish heels and you will be good to go.
African print flared dress
The design in this dress is rather simple and chic. It has a round neckline and short sleeves. It combines pink and green beautifully in the print. This dress is great to wear if you are going to church or a wedding.
African design wear for guys - The Kitenge
The Kitenge is a fabric which is from East Africa. Kitenge can transform any boring shirt into a unique and interesting outfit. The design below consists of a short-sleeved shirt with small black patches of the African Print on the sleeves and pocket. Any guy that loves this design can wear this Kitenge shirt with a black trouser to go to a traditional wedding or church. It is a simple and trendy design.
African design wear for guys - The Dashiki shirt
The Dashiki fabric originated from West Africa. It is a beautiful fabric which has also found its way to the other regions of Africa as well as the world. In this design, we have a black shirt with a Dashiki print which makes it a cool design for guys to wear with jeans or Khaki trousers to give them a trendy look. Guys can wear the Dashiki print to work, if they are allowed to; to weddings or any other informal events. It is a simple yet stylish look.
Senegalese Kaftan latest African wear for guys
The Senegalese Kaftan is a popular design which men wear for traditional ceremony. The design consists of a long gown that has matching trousers. Guys wear it for formal events as well as for events which are special. Recently, designers have modified the Kaftan design to make it more stylish. The latest trend in this design are the Kaftan tops with short sleeves. Men wear these on top if a t-shirt and pair them up with either shorts or trousers. One can choose to complement the Kaftan design with a fez or a hat.
The Agbada latest African wear for guys
One of the most popular designs for Men’s attire is the Agbada. This design traces its origin from West Africa. The design consists of a big gown which stretches from the shoulders to the knees or even the ankles. One has to re-position the gown on their shoulders to ensure that it stays in place. Though the older men prefer this design, the young men can still rock it as there are modern Agbada designs specifically made for the youth. The efforts of creative designers of modern African wear are making this possible. You can choose to wear this design in one color as shown in the photo or you can match some colors according to your preference.
Styles of African wear - A disco floor-length Ankara maxi dress
In the image above, we have an off-shoulder, disco floor length Ankara dress. It is a maxi dress that has beautifully blended the blue and yellow African print. The off-shoulder design and its color gives the dress a tasteful flavor. You can wear this dress to a traditional wedding ceremony, church or an informal event. You could opt to use a necklace to accessorize this dress or just choose not to accessorize. You should wear some classy heels due to its length.
Pleated Dashiki dress latest African wear for ladies
In the photo above, we find a long, pleated Dashiki dress. It combines grey, blue and maroon well in the African print. It is a maxi dress with a V-neck which means that you can wear it to church, a wedding or any other informal event of your choice. It has puffy sleeves which adds an interesting twist to its design. The style of the dress gives emphasis to the waistline. You can choose a long v-necklace to accessorize the dress.
Latest African Kaba styles
The Kaba style from Gahan is nothing new. Women have worn this style for numerous years. In the past, older women used to love this style but recently, young women have taken onto the style. They are incorporating lace into the style to give it a fashionable look. In the image below, we have an emerald green long mermaid dress with lace incorporated into the design to make it elegant.
This design is suitable for wearing to weddings, funerals and even formal events. Women usually complement the look with a headgear of the same color or a color which matches the dress. You can choose suitable accessories if you love complementing your dresses with such.
African wear for church - Ankara trouser suit
In case you have a lot of skirts and dresses for church and you want a change in your wardrobe, you can go for this Ankara suit. It consists of a top and trouser that have the same Ankara print. You can wear it to church since it is fashionable and decent. You could also choose to wear the pieces of this outfit separately with plain colors that match the print. This outfit is also versatile as you can wear it to a date or even to the office.
Latest African wear tops - Long bell-sleeved top
In the image below, we have along, Ankara top with bell sleeves. If you love color, then you should go for this top. You can wear it with jeans or a short skirt if you please. It is ideal for wearing during the weekend as you go out with your friends or even to an evening party.
African wear styles in Ghana
Ghanaian fashion is popular among both men and women. In the photo below, we have a sleeveless, African print sundress which is ideal for those hot summer days. It is a simple design which makes you look trendy and elegant. The dress has an authentic Ghanaian print which will work well with any accessory you choose.
African wear styles in Ghana - Printed t-shirt and shorts
The image above is a great example of how Ghanaian fashion can be included in what you wear on a day-to-day basis. The man matches the brown and yellow print with a yellow short with brown shoes and a pale-yellow hat. This look is your normal street wise look. You can don it when having a chilled-out day or when talking a walk around your town during the weekend.
Denim print shirt latest African wear for guys
In the photo above, we have a blue denim shirt that has an African print on the collar, edges of the sleeve and the pocket. You can wear this shirt with black or blue jeans and khaki pants. It is suitable for wearing to the office or weekend events.
Latest African print styles - Long African print skirts
If you do not like dresses, you can go for this skirt. Its design is quite unique. It combines two designs-the African print at the top and the striped part at the bottom to give a unique look. The good thing this design is that you can wear tops of different colors-black, white or even blue. You can wear the same skirt to various events with the tops of different colors. You can also wear a jacket to have a more elegant look. It is an outfit that you can put on as you go to church, weddings and other informal events.
African engagement wear - The neon print engagement dress
One of the latest trends when it comes to African Engagement wear is the neon dress. It is both beautiful and grant. This dress is simple and the neon print is made up of two fabrics=the traditional fabrics and the popular fabrics to come up with one great piece. It is the peplum design with short sleeves. You will sure be elegant when you put on this dress during your engagement.
Hooded sweatshirt African wear for couples
African prints are quite versatile. Designers incorporate them into different clothing items like blouses, skirts and trousers. The latest trend is incorporating them in hooded sweatshirts for couples. This is the deign to wear if you workout together or go out for sporting events as a couple. It makes you stand out.
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African wear for church - Yellow lace skirt and Peplum top
The design in the image above consists of a yellow lace skirt which has been complemented with an Ankara Peplum top. The combination of colors and the unique design make this outfit ideal for going to church or even when your man is introducing you to his parents. It is easy to accessorize. You can choose to wear black heels and for earring or a necklace, you can choose golden ones or any other color which would match this outfit.
If you want a different look with the parts of this outfit, you can choose to wear jeans or shorts with the Ankara top. For the skirt, you can opt to wear a white or blue top or any other color which will match with the skirt.
Latest African wear tops for ladies - Dashiki t-shirt
In the photo below, we have a white T-shirt which has a Dashiki print. It is a simple, yet trendy design which you can wear to work on a Friday or during the weekend if you have to go out. You can wear this Dashiki t-shirt with some jeans or shorts and complete the look with sneakers.
African wear design for guys - The senator style
The young men are increasingly adopting this design due to its simplicity and appeal. It consists of a shirt, trouser, usually of the same color. There are no color restrictions and you can use any fabric in making this style. The hat complements this style perfectly. It is an awesome design to wear if you are holding a traditional wedding ceremony. You can also wear it to church or a formal event.
African wear tops - A Peplum bow top
In the photo above, is a Peplum bow top with long sleeves. the design is unique in that the bow’s position is close to the neckline. This design is ideal for wearing during the weekend as you go out for a date, evening party or even to church. You do not need many accessories due to the bow design and long sleeves.
Female Agbada styles of African wear
This design features the female version of the Agbada. Introducing clothing which have traditionally been worn by men into women’s fashion is always exciting. This has been done to the Agbada. You can choose to don colorful Agbada or one which has only one color. In this design, the grey has been paired with black to give an intriguing combination. This outfit is excellent if you are going for a weekend party, church or evening party. It is stylish and quite easy to accessorize. Black shoes will complete this look no matter the event you are attending.
All the above designs are proof that you can never go wrong with the latest African designs. There is a wide variety of fabrics and designs to choose from. The best thing with African is their versatility. You only need to choose the print and color that work best for you. If you find a creative designer and professional tailor, you are sure to get an outfit which you will be proud to wear to any occasion be it an engagement, wedding, date or party.
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