Girl Gang: African Fashion

Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

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Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprintAdulting is hard! I never really believed this statement until I went through a series of rude awakening these past few years. Feeling independent and adventurous, I moved 2,900 miles from Wyoming to Alaska.

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Alaska is not for everyone. I saw it simply a means to an end.Haha, I did not think it was for me. That was until I met these amazing ladies. Over the past year, Gracelynn, Pomi and I have become great friends. It’s so much harder making new and genuine friends in adulthood!Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

We look nothing alike but share similar experiences and beliefs. Sometimes it feels weird. I hold my culture near and dear to my heart. They too have a culture and family traditions that they uphold.

Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

I may be the oldest of the pack but I learn a lot of things from these girls. A couple months ago, we decided to have a sleepover at my place. It was a night of epic fun. Who knew that Pomi would be scared watching a “fake” horror movie? I call it fake because effects and acting did little to scare Gracelynn and I. Pomi, on the other hand, was ready to pass out. We stopped the movie. I love you Pomi!Girl gang African fashion! Love how she styled this ankara African print patchwork peplum top. She wore this colorful piece so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

Gracelynn? Well, this damsel turned B.I.G 21 this summer! She came with our favorite liquor, Moscato. After munching on some Nigerian delicacies, desserts and a couple malt beverages we decided to conclude the night with a toast. I’m a light sleeper. Let’s just say I could hear Gracelynn’s angry stomach from my room. Blame it on the Moscato. I love you Gracelynn!Girl gang African fashion! Love how she styled this ankara African print patchwork midi skirt. She wore this colorful piece so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

We had a girl squad photoshoot planned for the next morning. This was the first shoot that we’d done together. On a previous sleepover, Pomi and Gracelynn got to see and try on some of my African print clothes. They were instantly hooked on African fashion! My sister, the owner of Boriah Clothiers, designs bespoke African styles and was kind enough to hook us up.Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

Pomi and Gracelynn were ecstatic to wear their handmade African clothes. Here, Gracelynn is wearing the Edo ankara patchwork midi skirt. She went for a classic look by pairing the skirt with a pussy bow blouse and open-toe espadrilles. Don’t let Gracelynn’s conservative look fool you. She is the most social person in our squad. She’s the girl that can confidently walk up to a stranger and strike a meaningful conversation like she’s known the person for 10 years. Girl gang African fashion! Love how she styled this ankara African print patchwork midi skirt. She wore this colorful piece so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

Pomi is wearing the Delta ankara patchwork peplum blouse from Boriah Clothiers. She dressed up her look with white chino pants, statement earrings, and tie-up tassel sandals. Pomi is shy but this girl knows how to make a bold statement. Don’t believe me, check out her makeup tutorials. Yes, Pomi is also a beauty blogger. Wherever she goes, her winged-liner goes! Check out Pomi’s blog, Posh Pomi for more inspiring looks and tutorials. Girl gang African fashion! Love how she styled this ankara African print patchwork peplum top. She wore this colorful piece so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

And then you have me. I am wearing the Edo ankara patchwork maxi skirt. It is the longer version of Gracelynn’s skirt. Since I have so much of my skin covered up, I opted for an over the shoulder crop top with ruffle details. I’m no stranger to African fashion but I must add that patchwork pieces take the cake for me. They are intricate and phenomenal! Only talented designers dare take on a style of this magnitude.  Girl gang African fashion! Love how she styled this ankara African print patchwork midi skirt. She wore this colorful piece so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

I sealed the look with an Amrita Singh reversible bib necklace. Amrita Singh is one of my favorite jewelry brands. I love the quality and uniqueness of their jewelry. I’ve had some of their necklaces for over 4 years! My girl squad is also rocking a few pieces from my jewelry collection 🙂Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

I am ecstatic that I could share a piece of my culture with these gorgeous ladies. They were concerned that they would not be able to pull off African fashion. Once they looked into the mirror, it was a different story. These photos are evidence that ANYONE can rock African fashion well.

Girl gang African fashion! Love how these ladies styled ankara African print patchwork pieces. They wore these colorful pieces so well! Summer style, dutch wax, kente, kitenge, dashiki, African styles, African prints, Nigerian style, Ghana fashion #ankara #africanprint

As for my girl gang, we are planning a fall pajamas sleepover and photoshoot session. I’m thinking fun games, food, and drinks. There’s a lot of catching up to do with my squad. Never would have thought that I would grow so close to Pomi and Gracelynn. The future is female!

 

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I am wearing:

Off shoulder crop top

Boriah patchwork maxi skirt

Amrita Singh reversible necklace

Pomi: c/o Boriah patchwork peplum top

Gracelynn: c/o Boriah patchwork midi skirt

Photos by SNH Photos

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Diane Basemera
    September 28, 2017 at 10:12 am

    This was just a fun story to read. Sleepovers and squad photo shoots – awesome! And I love that you’re spreading the message that African fashion is for everyone!

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      Louisa
      September 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Diane! I’m game for sleepovers and squad shoots any day. They are so much fun. And my love for African print 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Laura Charles
    September 14, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Wow! Moving to Alaska was a bold move! For some reason when I think of Alaska I think of people wearing fur all year long! Obviously that isn’t the case! I love the different prints and ankara Styles that you lady wore. I did a similar look for my blog with an off the shoulder blouse and a long skirt. Your sister is very talented!

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      Louisa
      September 15, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Haha you’re not alone. My parents still think I’m out of my mind for moving to a place that only has one season 😂 Thank you so much for the kind comment.

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    Tina
    September 14, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Absolutely love these prints! You ladies are stunning!

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      Louisa
      September 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Tina 🙂

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    Chanda
    September 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

    You guys look fantastic!! The great thing is that everyone of these pieces are actually wearable.

    xx, Chanda

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      Louisa
      September 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Thanks Chanda! So sweet of you to say. Yes, they are actually wearable.

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    Rach
    September 14, 2017 at 4:26 am

    That is incredible that you found a couple of ladies that you can truly call your gang! I love that you guys are all different but share the same values!

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      Louisa
      September 14, 2017 at 7:13 am

      So true! I’m happy I found them. Thank you for the lovely comment Rach!

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    Lovely
    September 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    You ladies are gorgeous and I love African prints

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      Louisa
      September 14, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Thank you Lovely 🙂

  • Reply
    Demondi
    September 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I love your skirt.

    • Reply
      Louisa
      September 14, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Demondi!

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