African wear styles are known to be unique and always appealing. They blend in perfectly in either casual or formal settings. Much credit is usually given to our designers for their incredible work, but the native prints themselves also play a significant role in making the styles appear splendid. This article highlights latest trends in these prints as worn by our celebrities.
African wear for men
Men have always been known to be reserved when it comes to fashion. The notion, however, has so far faded as this generation of men attracts attention by their fashionable African wear styles. Thanks to our designers, there have always been alterations in their designs to make them look robust, confident and handsome. Here are some of the latest styles using Africa’s best prints.
1. Latest Kente style
Kente is among African materials that have constantly received much love from the public for its various African wear designs. It’s is usually associated with weddings and royalty celebrations. Other than being part of Africa's heritage, it's also Ghana's national dressing cloth. That is why, it is no surprise that is constantly worn by so many public figures including politicians, diplomats, and artists within our borders.
Kente Kurta from Africa Imports is one such example of an exquisite design. It has a flowing style that also acts a unisex garment. It’s available in mid, large extra-large and plus-size measurements.
Size: Ranges from 46” chest 39” length to 56” chest to 43” length
Kente bow ties, tie sets and cumber bunds from Sankofa African Import are also a nice way of blending African traditional style particularly, Ghana fashion in a modern world. Available in four choice of styles these ties are usually ideal in a formal setup or any a special event. Each of this tie goes for a price of 9.95 dollars.
Kente Bowties also come in hand in breaking the monotony of a plain white shirt. Matching it with a cumber bound will definitely complete the look.
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2. Dashiki style
Dashiki is yet another brand that has never faded from the market. Coming to popularity in the 1960s, there have been quite a number of styles matching the contemporary needs. The unique Allagi Dashiki from Etsy is one such style.
Size: Small to Plus size
3. Traditional Dashiki
For lovers of antique Dashiki, Africa Imports serves just right. They have the best quality and colors for various tastes and preference. Being one hundred percent cotton, the clothes provide coziness and softness making them generally comfortable. They are also unisex and hence can be worn by either men or women.
Size: Fits up to 55” chest and 29” length.
Batakari has been part of Ghanaian African wear styles for men for a very long time. It also happens to be a national dress in Ghana for everyone, hence its popularity and dominance in the market. Slightly resembling the Dashiki, Batakari is made of thick, handwoven cloth with stripes that run in parallel from top to bottom. But then again to make it unique and appealing designers alternate white and black stripes in varying intensity.
Lately, various styles have been introduced by designers for either formal or informal occasions and they are simply amazing. The round color blue shirt in Etsy, for instance, is among the latest Batakari shirts that are doing rounds in the market. They are made in Ghana by Zedi designers with local smock fabrics.
Size: Ranges from UK’s small, middle and extra-large sizes.
5. Ankara designs
For a very long time, Ankara has always been associated with women, the sudden shift of events to become part of men African wear is still a surprise to many. All in all, Ankara designs still make men stand out. Just take a look at popular African mens wear photos. Their popularity in a man’s world of fashion may generally be attributed to their affordability and the fact they can be used in a plethora of styles as well as occasions. Whether it’s shirts, jackets or pants, Ankara is definitely the ideal look for a modern man.
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1. Ankara blue shirt
This is part of latest African wear, manufactured in Ghana, doing rounds in the international market such as eBay. It is simple yet still demands attention. It is ideal for a formal event, but then again, fits perfectly for a graduation ceremony or a family get-together.
Price: $ 57.85
Size: from 39” chest 32” length to 49” chest 34” length.
African wear for ladies
The list of Ghanaian African wear styles for women is endless. There are so many styles popping up on regular basis in the market for our beautiful ladies. Even though many of them are alterations of previous designs, there are others that are also simply unique and impressive.
Just like men’s fashion world, a wide range of prints is also employed in ladies’ Ghanaian fashion. They range from Kitenge, lace, Kente, Dashiki Ankara to Batakari. Designers also style the dresses according to the season or event.
1. Ankara longline tunic
This monochrome longline tunic is ideal for a modest woman in any special kind of event. It’s simple yet elegant design can also be complemented by just a simple accessory. It can also be left free to look like a blazer as the belt is only included to accentuate the waistline. It is currently on the market shelves of Poshmark, one of the best online stores.
2. Ankara wide leg pants
This is yet another splendid design that forms part of African fashion. It’s an outstanding two-piece comprising of wide leg pants and side slit dress. They can be worn together or separately. Being 100% cotton, it is indeed of high quality. This latest outfit is currently part of Etsy's inventory and can be delivered on a ‘custom’ size once proper measurements are submitted to them.
Size: US 0-20 or custom.
3. Ankara African Blouse/Jacket.
This blouse/jacket is also part of an amazing Etsy collection. It is uniquely designed with two press button closures and a conspicuous large size wrap-up belt. The choice of the monochrome print also makes outstanding since its mainly filled bright colors.
Price: $ 90.00
Size: 0-20 US women’s or custom.
4. Onna fabric
It’s obvious that celebrities want to look classy, beautiful and generally attractive. That is why, from time to time, they introduce a brand new style that is unique and ornamental. Well, Onna fabric is an example of exclusive stretchy materials with African prints that combine a traditional African look with a modern touch. Well-tailored dresses made from this material will surely win you the attention in the room.
For instance, Onya African Print Pencil dress with a combination of purple and orange color speaks volume about perfection and modesty. It generally provides a fresh new way of wearing African print fashion. Its styled with a center back invisible zipper and v-neckline and short sleeves. Nonetheless, other materials its polyester but equally high quality. Its full length is 40". Currently, it is trending in D’IYANU online store.
5. Halter maxi dress
Ronke African Print Halter Maxi Dress is yet another perfectly styled dress in D’IYANU shop that is also trending this year. With a monochrome print, it literally sweeps the floor like a queen. It's ideal for a special event or a get-together family picture day. Its styled with invisible zippers with an attached sash and hidden side pockets. Being 100% African print cotton its durable if well maintained.
6. Lami suit
For bold and confident women getting yourself a Lami suit is by far the best wardrobe decision, you can ever make. You will never regret it. Just like many other outfits made by designers, it is unique and comfortable. It can be worn without the jacket and paired with your favorite top and still look amazing. The pants are all you need! As for extreme fashionista, complementing it with a matching shiny accessory would be just fine. Get yourself this two-piece set at Zuvaa marketplace and be ahead of the trend.
Size: XXS to XXXL
7. Sabda dress
This is mainly for the kind of ladies who cannot get enough of only one print. They always dream of mixing one African print with another. Well, this Sabda dress is just for you. It is meticulously combined with Ankara at the top and Dashiki at the lower end. It’s a typical African outfit ideal for a weekend out and about or any other casual event. Similarly, this outfit can be purchased from Zuvaa Marketplace.
Size: XXS to XXXL
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8. African print dress remix
This pencil dress from Kisua Africa is regarded as one of the classic designs ever been in the stores. This remix version also features a bold print like its predecessor, and that is why it’s very popular in the streets. Its manufactured in South Africa with cotton fabric from Ghana.
Size: US 0-20
9. Mara Skirt Remix
This print comprising a meticulously designed cascading border is part of exquisite African wear styles having been manufactured by the best fashion designers in Ghana. All in all, It’s flat waistband and general design makes this outfit comfortable and classy. It has made Kisua Africa the go-to destination for dazzling skirts.
Size: US 0-20
African wear styles from Ghanaian celebrities
When it comes to fashion, celebrities are always the first people to receive the limelight. They act as an inspiration to their fans who really look up to them. Fortunately, they are never short of wonderful surprises. That is why they make wonderful ambassadors to African prints. Here are some of the celebrities who really look stunning in African wear.
1. Jackie Appiah
This beautiful and well-talented actress really looks stunning in Ankara Short Dress as she does in a long one. The blend of colors and patterns not to mention the elegant style of the dress simply makes her classy and modest at the same time. Such kind of a dress is ideal for a family gathering or any other special event. It also does not require many accessories nor is it that costly, therefore having this in your wardrobe should not take much sacrifice.
2. Moesha Buduong
One fascinating aspect of African wear is that it can always make someone look modest when needed to be. Moesha Buduong, also one of our well-talented actresses, rocking African lace wear simply looks stunning and simple. The bright color also makes her look more conspicuous even though her beauty and body figure are enough to turn heads.
3. Juliet Ibrahim
To add to our list of actresses is Juliet Ibrahim. She looks gorgeous in Dashiki prints despite claims that Dashiki has faded from the market. Her general look is plain but still beautiful. For her fans, this is definitely worth trying out with much confidence now.
Stonebwoy is a renowned dancehall, Afro-pop and reggae artist with a massive international recognition. Rocking kente prints means that he is spreading African culture to a whole new another level. His style is generally simple having blended a modern look with a kente bowtie and semi-kente half court.
5. Majid Michel
For Majid Michel wearing this tribal African wear makes him look robust, formal, confident and simply stunning. Royalty is all that look speaks. In general, it fits flawlessly in all-time African menswear photos.
6. John Dumelo
Batakari or rather smock wear may appear simple and casual, but then again just like Dashiki and Kente, its filled with so many cultural elements. John Dumelo, our very own actor, rocking this outfit makes him look, well let's just say, playful!
7. Yvonne Nelson
Our very own diva, fashionista, and actress, Yvonne Nelson knows exactly how to walk the talk. African Prints have become part of her wardrobe and from time to time she glows in the media spotlight with a striking African look.
Donning this kitenge styled pencil dress makes her look like a woman of class. The dress does an impeccable job of revealing her feminine figure.