The West African fashion industry is the leading in Africa if the dresses sampled below are anything to go by. African clothing styles have been there for a long time. The fashion has come a long way in giving the African dress code a blueprint that has spread all over the world. Even celebrities like Oprah and Wiz Khalifa have been spotted rocking the African fashion. The broad spectrum of African clothing comes in different designs, color, styles, and material. Polished cotton has made it possible to diversify the styles and designs of African clothing.
As far as their history goes, African wear embodies the creativity, life experiences, religious beliefs, cultural heritage, and family line of the wearer. The latest African wear in West Africa, particularly Ghana, are polished cotton dresses. Polish cotton styles for ladies are ideal for office-wear, ceremonies such as weddings, and even for casual wear. In that spirit, below is an assortment of the best-polished cotton dresses that will rock your day.
Polished cotton styles for ladies
When it comes to Ghanaian dress styles, ladies rock it more than men. That fact might be arguable in some parts of the world but for Africa, our ladies have outdone us in leaps and bounds. Brace yourself, because the assortment below is likely to melt your heart.
1. Ankara skater polished cotton dress
This shapely colorful polished cotton dress is a perfect wear for that graduation ceremony. With an African design embroidery at the neck regions. With this design, you cannot go wrong about your choice of a ceremony outfit. The classy dress has a tight-fitting chest and neck and an umbrella-like taper at the bottom region, making you feel good about your African clad. The dress has a slight V-neck collar design and short sleeves, making it perfect for a sunny day. Want to make it look even better? Try it on with some jewelry.
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2. Sarong dashiki polished cotton dress
Want to look casual today? Sarong Dashiki is for those who cannot do without their African wear on non-professional occasions. Superficially, it looks like a kitenge leso, which one throws over other clothes. However, the sarong dashiki is a standalone wear with a sleeveless and full-skirt design. The sarong dashiki can be worn with a top from the same material as the dress, or a color-matching top from your wardrobe. The casual wear can be worn with sandals or low heel shoes.
3. African dashiki maxi skirt polished cotton dress
This polished cotton dress might send your memory several decades back, but it is still very fashionable today. This dress is perfect if you are of a tall slender stature due to its maxi skirt that runs from the upper waist to the ankles. The design is heavily embroidered with red and blue on a black background. The top is also black to match with the maxi skirt. This polished cotton dress can be worn with bangles that match the colors used for embroidery and black high-heeled shoes.
4. African dashiki, maxi skirt, elastic waist polished cotton dress
This dress is similar to a European dinner dress with its open-ended top and full length that goes anywhere between the knees and ankles. The unique thing about this polished dress is its elastic waist, which adjusts to your size, for a perfect fit. The dress is loose from the waist down in an umbrella fashion that makes it comfortable yet beautiful. The dress is perfect for all occasions with your favorite high-heels.
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5. Polished cotton dress with Ghana flag color theme
Ready to look patriotic? The polished cotton dress with Ghana flag color theme design features a design dress with the Ghanaian flag colors throughout the dress. This classic and color-rich design will give it an elegant appeal. The dress has a below-the-knee length and matches perfectly with virtually any kind of jewelry, especially golden. Most dresses of this length go well with high heel shoes, but carefully selected flat heels may not be a bad idea.
6. Mother and daughter polished dress
Family is everything, and yes, we can do it the African way. The mother and daughter polished dress with green embroidery enables you to match perfectly with your little daughter. Made from a soft and stretchy material, both dresses are comfortable to wear while giving that striking look.
7. Long print polished cotton dress
This dress borrows the fish design common to most traditional vitenges. It is typically a lovely short sleeve dress, which covers the legs and shoes. The beauty of this dress is in its uni-color bottom section which spreads like an umbrella. The color design of the upper part is in print rather than the common embroidery. Some design incorporates some embroidery at that upper section, adding some beauty and giving you an opportunity to diversify in the type of jewelry to accompany the dress with.
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8. Aboagye kente sleeves pencil dress
The tight-fitting Aboagye kente sleeves pencil dress is your perfect option for that night out or important event. Made from polished cotton, the modish dress includes the fashionable raffle sleeves, that carry the most printed details. The rest of the dress is plain black, knee-high, and has a polo neck design that helps keep you warm and look fashionable. The striking feature of the dress is the partially bare-back in the shape of a triangle which makes you look elegant from all angles.
9. African design wear polished yellow cotton dress with purple embroidery
The graceful yellow polished cotton dress is a fitting match with your yellow shoes and gold earrings. The dress is tightly fitting all through with a knee-high length that adds that elegant edge to your appearance. The embroidery on this one is purple, with decorations on most regions of the dress. This dress is a simple wear that does not need too much dress code observation, just wear and shine. Yes, the color does look like sunshine!
10. Multi-color embroidery polished cotton dress
Ready to look cultivated? You can never get it wrong with this multi-color embroidery polished cotton dress. The design is extremely fashionable, with a tight waistline that creates a distinction between the chest and the abdomen. The tight waist also creates a bulge, which is part of the design. Looking into its embroidery, a lot of artistic work has gone into creating the multi-colored embroideries which lace the entire dress.
This is the dress you want to wear when you want to look attractive. It has desirable features such as the sleeveless feature, which reveals your entire arms, its height which is slightly shorter than the standard knee-high dresses, the square chest design, and it fits tightly at the upper regions.
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11. Ankara polished cotton dress for pregnant women
Fashion knows no seasons, and you can still look distinguished when pregnant. Ankara polished cotton dress for pregnant women is both elegant and comfortable. The dress has no waistline and tapers from the chest all the way down. The reason for this design is to ensure that no pressure is applied to your growing baby. The dress is also knee-high to keep you feeling comfortable and fashionable. The decorous dress has a scoop neck design and is sleeveless to give you that feeling of freedom.
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12. Jewel-neck polished cotton dress
A tantalizing design that gives you the option of adding your own waistline by tying a string belt. This dress is also suitable for pregnant women when not used with a belt. It is sleeveless and long, making it extremely fashionable. When worn with a belt, it has that bulgy appearance at the waist downwards and tight feel upwards.
13. African print polished cotton dress
This dress gives the best blend of modesty and elegance. Although designed with the modern print fashion rather than the more preferred embroidery, the African Print Polished Cotton Dress makes up the list for the fashionista’s best choices. It is sleeveless, longer than the standard knee-high dress, and has a duo-collar design that adds detail to the fashion.
14. Agbada vogue polished cotton dress
The Agbada polished cotton dress does not look sophisticated in appearance, but a lot of detail has gone into the design. The raffle sleeves are similar to the design at the waist. The print design runs from the neck to the waist-line, and again appears at the bottom edges. This is a perfect dress for church or that occasion where your in-laws will attend too.
15. Ankara off-shoulder elastic polished cotton dress
Ready for an all-smiles day? With the Ankara off-shoulder elastic polished cotton dress, you are in for a treat. Everything about this dress captures the eye of the public, causing you to stand out from the rest. The exaggerated scoop neck design, the raffle-like design at the arms, and the knee-height will have you attracting all the attention. The colors make it compatible with most of your jewelry collection.
16. Cyber yellow polished cotton dress
This flawless piece of modern African fashion can be rocked with your Afro hairstyle, your best eye-wear, and it all turns out just fine. If you love raffle arm designs, bateau neck designs, and a long height, this cyber yellow polished cotton dress is best for you.
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17. African design polished cotton dress
This smart Ghanaian wear should not miss in your wardrobe if you have an eye for African fashion. Made from printed polished cotton, the dress is of a simple yet divine design that totally eliminates sleeves or straps and has a priestly collar to support the top of the dress. The collar flows outward with an added piece to better the design. The height is a middle way between knee-high and ankle-length, making you look dignified yet fashionable. The colors on this one make it suitable for gold jewelry. The dress can be worn with your favorite high heels.
White polished cotton dresses
If you love the color white, you most definitely want to try out some white polished cotton dresses in your African wardrobe section. The combination of a dazzling color and a captivating polished cotton design is a perfect fit for a distinguished occasion. Below is an assortment of some of the best white polished cotton dresses in Ghana.
1. Pearl-white odeneho wear white polished cotton dress with gold embroidery design
The elegant looking polished cotton dress is magnificently adorned with a gold embroidery etched with a blue and white checking. The V-design at the neck region and the slightly lifted collar makes the dress both fitting and comfortable.
The dress is of a knee-height and somewhere between a tight fitting and loose fitting. Want to make it even more decorous? Try including a white arm jewelry, white or gold earrings, or a watch.
2. Ankara kitenge polished cotton dress
This polished cotton embroidered dress combines casual and professional aspects in one magnificent milk-white dress with sophisticated embroidery. The Ankara kitenge differs from the traditional vitenges in that is it more revealing and less laced with decorations that can sometimes be overdone by the designers. The mandarin collar followed by a prolonged V-neck qualifies the dress as the modern African wear. The black embroidery at the chest and arm regions is thicker than most vitenges and the white background makes it stand out even more. The polished cotton dress has long sleeves and is kneehigh.
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3. Plain white polished cotton dress
This polished white cotton dress lacks the embroidery that furnishes most African wear styles. The design is simple with a round neck. The dress is not very long sleeved and the height is somewhere between knee-high and ankle-high. The beauty of wearing a white dress is that you can match it with any color of jewelry and shoes, provided they do not color clash. This is the dress for the discerning fashionista.
4. Corn-silk white polished cotton dress
This elegant design is unique. The decorations are slit and the embroidery runs from the collar region, expands at the chest then narrows down to a strip from the waist. The white polished cotton dress is short-sleeved and embroidery also runs from the sleeves edges. The bottom section is left with no decoration and the height makes it perfect for low-heeled shoes.
Polished cotton dress styles for couples
If you love rocking African polished cotton wear, you should try out the couple's design. Generally, couples design involves the same material styled for the lady and the man so they match. If you have a lover or spouse and are an enthusiast for polished cotton, you must try out some of these designs.
1. Pafric designs couple authentic blue polished cotton dress
This beautifully embroidered design is a perfect couple wear for a day out or attending a ceremony. The man's design entails a reserved scoop neck, long sleeves, a long dress shirt that goes slightly below the waist. The trousers are fitting and plain; having no embroidery. The lady's exaggerated scoop neck, long sleeves, and knee-high dress match perfectly with the man's design. They both have a similar embroidery at the neck region that ministers boldly of their love towards each other.
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2. Pafric designs couple authentic white polished cotton dress
This couple design is for the king and his queen. With an embroidered seashell white material, the design is fit for top-class ceremonies. The man's dress shirt has a band collar and buttons running halfway from the collar. The buttons' color matches the embroidery color, enriching the design. The other half has a slit design that matches with the ladies. Like most polished cotton designs for men, the trouser is plain and matches with the dress shirt's color. The lady is gallantly adorned in an ankle-length dress that has a scoop neck, long sleeves, and beautiful embroidery on selected areas, matching perfectly with the man's dress shirt. This couple's design can even be used as an African wedding dress code for a bride and a groom.
3. Dashiki design couple polished cotton dress
This stylish couple's design reveals the fashionistas appeal in an ordinary kitenge design. The lady's wear is a full pattern necked dress with short sleeves and runs knee-high. The men's wear is a dress shirt with a band collar with no buttons, long sleeves, and side slits. The trouser is plain with no decorations. Both attires have similar embroidery styles hence fitting for this design. The dress of the lady also has a frontal petal-like design with an embroidered strip similar to the one at the sleeve edges.
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4. Pafric designs couple polished cotton couple’s design
If you love rocking Ghanaian African wear styles when you go out as a couple, this couple design is something to think about. I am particularly drawn by the design the lady is rocking, which features no sleeves, that is perfect with a bottom of choice. The fashionable open shoulder neck helps to reveal more of the lady's skin, and yes, we love that in a lady top. The wear of the man is a long sleeved shirt with a collar, and a strip of African fabric along the buttton line, which is a perfect match with the lady's top. The print on this couple's design is similar, and the man's trousers are plain black.
Polished cotton gowns
Designers have gone the distance to create polished cotton gowns that can be worn as a bride’s gown, for proms, and for that formal dinner. Below are a few samples for polished cotton gowns.
1. White mermaid African polished cotton gown
Ever heard of an African prom? Well, this is one of those dresses that match the occasion. The design is modern and elegant, with a slight V-neck and bare-back. The dress is tight especially at the waist region and flows downwards in a magnificent fashion that reveals the shape of the body.
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2. Stylish mermaid polished cotton dress with headgear
African prom dresses come in different designs and styles, but the mermaid design is the most common. This dress combines the elegance of a headgear, the subtlety of a net, and the craftiness of glitter embroidery. The neck can be V-shaped, and the long-sleeve arms are made of a net with glitter embroidery. The same embroidery is used in all the other parts of the top. The bottom section has a fish design that covers the shoes- typical for a prom gown.
3. White polished cotton gown
The V-neck design seems to be the most preferred for the African prom dress. This elegant design combines all the necessary aspects of the ideal prom gown. The golden embroidery painstakingly adorns the frontal section up to the waist while the rest of the dress is plainly pearl white. Like most prom gowns, the dress covers the shoes. You can wear this gown with your silver watch or jewelry.
4. Wedding polished cotton gown
This wedding gown hits the epitome of my love for polished African dresses. The spread design is littered with African print and embroidery that flows down to the edges. The overall design of the dress declares that it is the garment that adorns the distinguished African woman. You can put this on with a white or golden headgear.
Polish cotton styles in Ghana are the leading in the country’s fashion industry. The industry has evolved so much that there is a dress for every occasion, whether a ceremony, an office party or an outfit to rock during your leisure time. Unsurprisingly, African wear styles have spread the world over, with distinguished names enjoying our dress styles. The Ghanaian fashion industry is anything but rigid, with newer dress styles gradually assimilating European fashion. This is not a bad thing as the similarities will improve the popularity of modern African dress styles in other parts of the world.