8 African Dress Styles You Should Wear To Your Next Event

2358fa01cb336f19f6ae1ef432dac6a1So this week I thought I’d present something fashion forward, especially since ‘event season’ is fast approaching.

As you all probably know, I am slightly obsessed – Very obsessed, to say the least, with my African Fashion, so let’s get started!

1. Lace
We are kicking this Look Book off with my favourite material, which has to be lace. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with lace. It’s so classy and elegant that anyone could pull it off.

Zinny_o (Instagram) is rocking this beautifully embroided lace dress in one of my favourite colours. It looks so stunning and is one of my favourite designs in this look book. Love love love!

Zinny_o (Instagram) is rocking this beautifully embroided lace dress in one of my favourite colours. It looks so stunning and is one of my favourite designs in this look book. Love love love!

Alternatively you could opt for a navy patterned lace like the one Style Blogger @thatdynamitechick is rocking here. The satin at that bottom of this dress just adds that extra edge.

Alternatively you could opt for a navy patterned lace like the one Style Blogger @thatdynamitechick is rocking here. The satin at that bottom of this dress just adds that extra edge.

Hairstylist/Mua @Lakesanu looks fab in her lace peplum dress. The detail around the arms and flare is so stunning.

Hairstylist/Mua @Lakesanu looks fab in her lace peplum dress. The detail around the arms and flare is so stunning.

2. Ankara
Who doesn’t love a bold Ankara print?

The life this dress is giving me chileee! Matching aschobi tings right there!

The life this dress is giving me chileee! Matching aschobi tings right there!

Photocred: @fashion_africanprint This design is so cute and fashionable. Plus, you will be sure to stand out!

Photocred: @fashion_africanprint
This design is so cute and fashionable. Plus, you will be sure to stand out!

Former Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim is rocking this bold print sewn in a simple way to create the perfect contrast. Dress by the talented @maryzodesigns

Former Miss Sierra Leone, Yazmin Karim is rocking this bold print sewn in a simple way to create the perfect contrast. Dress by the talented @maryzodesigns

So this is for you all that would like to go the extra mile and give your Ankara that little bit of *oomph* lol @khinah_ certainly shows you how to do it. Werkk girl!

So this is for you all that would like to go the extra mile and give your Ankara that little bit of *oomph* lol @khinah_ certainly shows you how to do it. Werkk girl!

3. Dashiki
Yes, Dashiki’s have remained in style since I did my last post on them. If you have not seen it yet you may check it out here.

Well I am sure you all remember when the brilliant @mindofkye_ broke the Internet with her very own Dashiki Prom Dress last year. Well this year the trend is back!

Check out this design. Still as stunning as ever.

Check out this design. Still as stunning as ever.

You can certainly dress a dashiki up right? Isn't this cute.

You can certainly dress a dashiki up right? Isn’t this cute.

4. Kente

@danc3likeh0w (Instagram) is absolutely killing this design. The black velvet on the bottom half of this dress is an amazing twist.

@danc3likeh0w (Instagram) is absolutely killing this design. The black velvet on the bottom half of this dress is an amazing twist.

Why not opt for a bright and chic kente like the one here. It's perfect for the summer!

Why not opt for a bright and chic kente like the one here. It’s perfect for the summer!

Now I'm sure many of you would remember when I posted this picture on my Instagram last year. I was looking for the designer everywhere. Well guess what! I finally found her!! Ohemma Closet created this masterpiece, modelled by the talented @jessnnecee. - still love it!

Now I’m sure many of you would remember when I posted this picture on my Instagram last year. I was looking for the designer everywhere. Well guess what! I finally found her!! Ohemma Closet created this masterpiece, modelled by the talented @jessnnecee. – still love it!

So I wasn't quite sure which category to put this dress in. Technically it should go in the lace section, but since @serwaa55 is wearing a kente headscarf I thought I'd place it here lol. From my white lace post, you all know how I feel. White + lace = bomb!

So I wasn’t quite sure which category to put this dress in. Technically it should go in the lace section, but since @serwaa55 is wearing a kente headscarf I thought I’d place it here lol. From my white lace post, you all know how I feel. White + lace = bomb!

5. Mixing Prints
Mixing and matching is fun right? Why not take a leap of faith and try it!

@poshesteb certainly got it right with these two contrasting colours. How did she pull it off??

@poshesteb certainly got it right with these two contrasting colours. How did she pull it off??

Seems like @theonlyskinnybish is at it too!

Seems like @theonlyskinnybish is at it too!

6. Iro & Buba
Following on from the mixing prints trend comes @_kommee looking chic in her Iro and Buba.

These Ankara prints are bold and summery.

These Ankara prints are bold and summery.

Then we have the queen herself, Isoken giving life in this Iro and Buba from the @puksieswardrobe

Then we have the queen herself, Isoken giving life in this Iro and Buba from the @puksieswardrobe

My favourites have to be the Komole's from @deola_by_deolasagoe. Omg isn't this so stunning!!! It looks perfect on dark skin tones.

My favourites have to be the Komole’s from @deola_by_deolasagoe. Omg isn’t this so stunning!!! It looks perfect on dark skin tones.

7. Call the shots
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You're probably thinking, "but Rasheeda, there will never be a time when I need to show out like this." Na ah. Truss me girl, there will. And when the time comes call @zoearku to slay a gown for you. Her designs are simply breathtaking!

You’re probably thinking, “but Rasheeda, there will never be a time when I need to show out like this.”
Na ah. Truss me girl, there will. And when the time comes call @zoearku to slay a gown for you. Her designs are simply breathtaking!

8. Agbada/ Guinean baracade
Okay so I admit, I’m cheating here a little because these aren’t actually dresses. *sigh*. But they are a great twist on African Fashion that will surely have you standing out.

Remember when Toke Makinwa showed up in this?!?! Well, this look styled by @harveystyles has been a trend ever since. I am definitely a dress type of girl, but I have to say this made me want to throw on an agbada and go! What about you?

Remember when Toke Makinwa showed up in this?!?! Well, this look styled by @harveystyles has been a trend ever since.
I am definitely a dress type of girl, but I have to say this made me want to throw on an agbada and go! What about you?

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Rasheeda Nae is a fashion, beauty, natural hair and lifestyle blogger based in London. She blogs at www.djournae.com

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