Modern African print dresses were not accorded the right attention until recently when Africa’s fashion industry begun to blossom. Most of the African print styles are made from African print fabrics that are distinctively unique to specific tribes of Africa. Such prints include Kente fabric from Ghana, Kitenge fabric famous in East, Central and West Africa, Ankara and Kaba fabrics. What makes African prints a darling to many is their unique patterns and ability to complement almost all body types quite well. This includes modern African prints dresses for wedding. However, it is also important to find the right tailor to work on your specific piece to make a masterpiece for your body type.
Looking at different dress styles for African prints, it is easy to see why people continue to appreciate the African wear. Arguably, the world's fashion scene today is at its peak in view of the known times. A lot of competition characterizes it in creativity, prices, and market share. It is more challenging to build a brand now compared to two decades ago. This has prompted drastic measures from top brands and mushrooming designers to ensure they gain and maintain their edge in the market. To many, African print fabric has offered the perfect safe haven. They are unique, less explored and goes with literally any body type. This has resulted to creation of many dress styles for African prints in the market. Some of these styles are improved version of traditional styles, while others are newly developed styles to fit the current fashion world. Below is a detailed view of the different African print styles available in the market today.
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Fashionable African dresses
The joining together of two individuals in a wedding ceremony is always a defining moment. The ceremony is always a joyous moment; marked by singing, dancing, and most importantly dressing to kill. The importance of the day cannot be emphasized more than the attendees in their sophisticated wedding attires, and the brides wedding regalia do it. In Africa, things are a little bit more colourful as the invites come dressed in their African dresses, well designed to snatch everyone’s attention from the brides, however impossible. Below are some of the fashionable African dresses you are likely to find in a wedding today. Feel free to find one that you will rock in your next wedding.
African wear long dresses
Decency is at the backbone of every African culture. Decency in African fashion is defined by minimum exposure of the body, something that has been changing gradually with modernization. This change however has done very little to minimize the presence of African wear long dresses. Below is a list of latest African styles that are long, decent and trendy.
1. Thin strap, bear back long African dress
Fair skin needs to be celebrated, at least, this is an opinion held by the current popular culture. A black, smooth and oily skin deserves nothing less than continuous appreciation, just as much as any other type of skin. This dress does exactly that. Its long and thin straps firmly hold the rest of the dress in place, exposing just enough of the back and the cleavage; keeping everything interesting and decent. The dress converges slightly below the hip curve, exposing all the curves of a woman, and immediately diverges as it approaches the ground. Needless to say, the dress is both decent, trendy, and downright gorgeous.
2. Sleeveless African print maxi dress with brass front zip
Beautiful would be an understatement for this piece. This sleeveless dress is perfect for all body types. However, it will look good on someone with a defined waistline. The dress has a full skirt graduating from the waistline, giving it simplicity and elegance that can be summed up as ingenious. The colour code and detail pattern of the fabric makes its beauty more pronounced. This dress will definitely give any bride competition for attention.
3. High slit long dashiki dress
When counting latest African styles, it is almost impossible not to include this dress. Slit has been in the fashion world for a long time now, and it has never disappointed. This high long dashiki dress has much of the top body covered. The lower part of the dress is characterized by a long slit, which gives it a daring edge. The dress is elegant, edgy and decent.
4. Long African print mermaid dress
Mermaid dress has always been a better choice for the curvy woman. Identified by its body-hugging ability from the knee up, and an outward blown bottom, mermaid dress is surely a better choice. The dress gives you a queen’s pride at the same time reserving a street vibe; which is sophisticated. The fact that this dress has been made out of multi-patterned Ankara fabric makes it a killer and surely must have dress for a friend’s wedding.
5. Formal long African print dress
The modern woman is a working woman, thus the need to find her the best attire for office and other formal occasions. Luckily, formal African wear for women today has been available in the market by different designers. This particular dress is simple and beautiful. What makes it more beautiful is the floral pattern well distributed all over the dress. Its bright colour makes it well suited for a Monday morning office day. This dress can be worn by working women of different sizes.
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Short African dresses
Short dresses come in different shapes and sizes, and for different occasions. Lately, ladies African wear in the market have been as diverse as the modern human population, making short African dresses some of the highly sought after dresses. These dresses are well suited for a sassy, confident and well-articulated woman. In addition to this, they are the best pieces for you to show off your beautiful legs. If these dresses are foreign to yo, do not despair. This article will outline some of the best short African dresses that you can try out. Dare to wear one to your friend’s wedding or to a joint.
1. Short sleeved dashiki dress with pockets
This short dress is well suited for both formal and informal occasions. Designed to fit, the black dress is detailed with blue and orange patterned dashiki fabric giving it an elegant look. It also has a slight gap on its upper part, revealing enough of the woman’s skin to keep things interesting. The dress converges slightly above the knee, where it also ends; exposing the woman’s curves and legs. It is decent, lively and beautiful. To fit for a wedding dress, you will have to accompany it with a flat-heeled black shoe, with a little detail of blue, whereas to make it formal attire, you can wear it with black high heels. In both cases, the results will be wonderful for the eyes.
2. Short dashiki straight dress African wear
Modern African dresses have a touch of class and glam. This short dashiki dress is no different. The design keeps everything inside on the upper side while revealing much of the lower side, especially the legs. This is a definite must-have dress for the daring woman. In addition to this, if you have nice legs and wouldn’t feel shy to show it off then this is the dress for you. It is definitely not a formal dress. The dress is well suited for casual events. Make sure you complement it with the right accessories, to give it a detailed look that is out of the ordinary.
3. Short V-neck dress
What is more beautiful than seeing a woman for her true self? This dress reveals a woman for who she physically is. It hugs the body all the way from the top to the bottom, revealing every detail of her curvy body. The V-neck reveals much of her chest exposing her beautiful skin, but keeping everything private out of sight. At the bottom, the dress reveals part of her ‘above the knee’ skin and all of her leg. It will definitely work as a wedding dress provided there is wine to be poured and laughter to be exchanged.
4. Off-shoulder Ankara dress
Its bare top that exposes the entire shoulder and neck characterizes this dress. The diverse pattern of the fabric makes it more interesting by allowing you to stand out. The pattern is diverse but in harmony with each other, making the dress a jewel. It can be accessorized with a simple necklace, and wristband, or just left as it is. Either options projects the best from the dress and ultimately you. This will definitely work for both a formal and casual event.
5. Mid-sleeved short Ankara dress
This short dress is well suited for the thick African woman. It covers the upper body including the neck, except for the hands. This dress is perfect for a typical African wedding. It reveals nothing that is supposed to be kept private without being so much traditional.
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African dress styles for young women
Below are some of the notable pictures of African dresses for young women.
1. A-line Ankara dress
This dress is defined with its gradual widening from the top to the bottom. When looked at closely, one gets a letter-A like impression from the design. It is best suited for different body sizes, preferable the plus size women. Yo can also have it as a maxi or mini depending on what your preference is.
2. Wrap up Ankara dress
Wedding invitations can be very scary especially if you do not have the right outfit to put on. However, this particular dress can solve all your outfit problems. This wrap up dress is designed to fit any body type. The fabric has been properly selected to fit the design. It only reveals what you want to reveal but keeps everything else out of sight, keeping you comfortable and formal.
3. African print midi dress
The detailed colour of this dress makes it outstanding. The upper body of this dress has been designed to hug the body perfectly well, which later spreads outwards from the waist down. The brown colour of the fabric and the pattern gives it a sense of simplicity and elegance it projects. This dress can be worn to a formal event or to any wedding.
4. African pencil dress
This dress hugs the body all the way to the end. It bulges at the hips, in response to the natural outward bulge of the body and slowly reduces in size as it approaches the legs. This is best suited for petite women. It can be worn to a formal occasion.
5. Ankara dress with a coat
This is a simple midi-dress accompanied by a yellow coat. The entire outfit looks official, making it good for formal occasions. However, it can be worn to casual events when you lose the coat and put on flat shoes. The dress spreads out from the waist down giving the whole dress code a fancy touch of sophistication.
Latest African wear
1. African print playsuit
This is a dress with shorts at the bottom. The design at the top can be of your choosing, like off shoulder or turtleneck. However, below the waist is a pair of short attached to the upper part of the dress.
2. Aso ebi style
Aso Ebi style is common in most wet African weddings. It is a uniform cloth worn by women to identify themselves with their age groups, family or relatives. This style comes in different designs.
3. African print tulle dress above knee
This dress has a distinctive extension lining from the inside, thus making it elegant. It is not too revealing and has an official touch to it, making it well suited for a formal occasion.
4. African print flare dress
This is a simple dress with a sophisticated feel. It is appropriate for formal and casual occasion depending on the shoes you wear.
5. African print peplum pencil skirt with a white top
Women of different size can wear this beautiful dress, but it is preferably best suited for petite body.
Most interesting African clothing designs 2018
1. African print maxi wedding dress
2. Multi colour fluffy African print dress
The multiple colours in this dress makes it a must have piece in your clad collection. The details on the sleeves make it even more interesting. This is a perfect dress for a wedding or a casual day out.
3. Blue and orange, front cut out African print
This design is outstanding. It is simple and beautiful. The dress is best suited for formal occasions. The front cut out adds a fine touch of elegance to the dress.
4. Mel string African print dress
This is a classy yet simple dress that can be worn during the weekends as well as for a special event.
Dera is a loosely held dress covering the whole body. It is interestingly revealing yet surprisingly large. Any woman can wear a Dera.
With the above modern African print dresses as examples of what you can wear to a wedding, women have a lot to choose from. In addition to that, you can also decide to choose a colour and style variation that works or you. The important thing is to ensure that you have an attire that works for you.
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