50+ Best African Print Dresses [& where to get them]
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In recent years, we have seen the influx of African print clothing in mainstream fashion particularly African print dresses. Designers like Steve Madden, Forever21, Zara and H&M classify this category of clothing as ethnic fashion.
As a fashionista with deep African roots from Nigeria, West Africa, adorning these uniquely authentic pieces like African print dresses is almost like a second nature.
Most of my childhood Sunday service clothes were made out of Ankara fabric. Other equally breathtaking African print fabrics include Kente, Kitenge, Aso Oke, Dashiki, and Gele. The patterns and specially selected colors of these fabric hold significant meanings to the area where they originate from.
I have an immerse love and admiration for African print pieces. After moving thousands of miles away from Nigeria, my nostalgia for traditional African pieces became more intense. Luckily, I have a sister who designs, hand-makes, and occasionally mails African clothing to me like this Aso Oke fringe skirt.
I have rounded up over 50 best African print dresses and where to get them. Because these pieces are handmade, no two pieces are exactly the same. In fact, many of the designers only have a limited supply of a style in a particular fabric. Sometimes, they offer the same style in various fabric choices.
I will update this list often to replace sold out styles with newer available traditional dresses. Etsy is my go to store for beautifully crafted African print outfits. These one-of-a-kind pieces are made to order so they tend to cost more and last-longer than the typical mass-produced outfits.
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are the top 50+ best African print dresses (as well as where to get them).
*Please note: This post has been updated to remove sold out products. If you can’t find an item then it means that the product sold out.
The Absolute Best African Print Dresses in 2019
1. Ankara Maxi Dress by L’Aviye
I love the turtle neck design of this ankara maxi dress. This maxi is made from 100% African wax and features side functional side pockets. The sleeveless style makes super chic and perfect this time of the year.
2. Boriah Skater Dress by Boriah Clothiers
I can’t get over the rich yellow and green patterns of this super wax print. It is uber chic and vibrant. Love the blend of two seemingly different fabrics.
3. Lily Kente Dress by Afro Throne
You’d be wrong if you thought kente print couldn’t he this pretty. It’s also no secret that Afro Throne nailed this under $100 handmade dress. The Lily dress has versatile strap that can be tied on the shoulder, off the shoulder, as an alter neck etc it can even be worn as a tube dress.
4. African Print Formal Dress by L’Aviye
Heck yeah! To this stunning infinity dress. And you know what’s even more exciting? This ankara dress can be worn in multiple ways. Perfect for wedding ceremonies, and special events. So many fun wears to rock this piece!
5. Cecey Ankara Wrap Dress by Yetunde Sarumi
This Ankara print outfit doubles as a lightweight coat and a dress. The colors are rich and vibrant the sleeves take us back to the 50s.
6. The Eliza Dress by Nasb Stitches
Turn heads in this glamorous tulle-layered dress. Everything about this dress is so elegant. It’s all in the details.
7. African Wax Print Patchwork Midi Dress by With Flare
I’ve always wanted a patchwork dress. But one made of colorful African print fabric and a bow is everything and then some!
8. Ankara Print Buba Dress by Boriah Clothiers
Now where do I start with this dress? The rhinestone details and the loose-fit design makes this dress perfect for a casual or dressed up occasion.
9. Ankara Midi Cape Dress by Zizi Bespoke
Capes have been hot for a while now. This 100% cotton African print dress with removable cape is a perfect blend of mainstream influence on ethnic wears.
10. Purple Multicolored Doll Dress by Zizi Bespoke
A moment of silence for this gorgeous flare doll that evokes royalty. This dress perfectly merges ankara and satin together to create this one of a kind African dress. Slay as you walk, no apologies needed. #sorrynotsorry
11. Long Ankara Dress by MAD Collection
So much sexiness in one outfit. The high neck design with self tie belt and high slit make it fascinating.
12. Women Traditional Dress by Hongyu Amy
Imagine my surprise when I spotted this super affordable African print dress on Amazon! Made from real wax print and available in two colors, you can wear a piece of our cultural heritage on your sleeves!
13. Off Shoulder Lauren Dress by Gitas Portal
The Ankara saga continues with this ridiculously beautiful asymmetrical hem ankara midi dress perfect for special occasions like bridesmaids for weddings or as a graduation dress. All eyes will be on you as your African print clothes dances to your movement.
14. Fitted Off-Shoulder Dress by Nanayah Studio
Can’t go wrong with this gorgeous dress. The faux wrap-around design is a trendy touch that is hot right now. Also love how Nanayah Studio combined different fabrics in such a way that make this dress pop. Ingenious!!
15. Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress by Zizi Bespoke
Her excitement alone would make you add this maxi dress to your cart. The one-shoulder puff sleeve action is just irresistible!
16. Women African Dress by Nayaas Designs
This blue and yellow ankara dress was made to perfection! It is fully lined and features a removable sash. This is a classic style you can wear for years to come.
17. Ruffled Strapless Ankara Dress by Lili Creations
Obsessed with this strapless ankara dress. It’s not everyday you see a stunning African print dress that is perfect for a summer day out or backyard bbq party. The retro-inspired pattern and free-form style makes this dress is must-have.
18. Ayanana Ankara Maxi by Nanayah Studio
Nanayah Studio does it again with this elegant tiered maxi gown. I own a few of her pieces and I can tell you that her craftsmanship is one another level. Want to feel like a tall drink?
This is the gown for you! The sexy keyhole neckline, figure-defining banded waistline, and pockets are just a few perks of this dress. Nanayah Studio never disappoints!
19. Matt Wedding Dress by House of Izzi
The Matt African print dress by House of Izzi has us thinking about Wakanda 2.0! It is super chic, flirty and has all the bells and whistles for a prom dress or wedding guest attire.
Want to steal the show? Wear this African print maxi dress to your next party! Plus size ladies will be happy to hear that this dress is made to order. So submit your custom order asap 😀)
20. The Odion Dress by Boriah Clothiers
Nothing better than this easy to wear African print dress with a classic u-neckline. If you’ve always wanted a simple and classic ankara dress that can be worn to most gatherings (work, wedding, special events, date night, baby shower…), this dress has your name written all over it. Pair with flats, heels, sandals, wedges and even sneakers. Ok, I’m done!
21. Lola Maxi Dress by Habby Rose
This dress gives a new meaning to African print dresses. Basirat, the designer, has an eye for unique pieces. I’ve seen her slay ankara clothes for years and this Lola dress is just one example.
She definitely pours her heart and soul into every piece she makes. This beautiful ankara maxi dress tastefully combines two African print fabric in a way that is sophisticated and fresh.
22. High Low Asymmetric Vintage Dress by Wellwits
If you’ve been waiting for an Amazon Find that is both affordable and has an African flare, you just met your match. I ordered this 50s inspired ankara dress (pictured here in my Amazon clothing haul).
Though the quality feels slightly lower than the African print clothes I am accustomed to, the style and look is right on. And for the price, it’ll be hard to find a better deal. It also ships free (+ free returns) with Amazon Prime.
23. Infinity Ankara Print Dress by Kahaari
If all you want to do is show up and make an entrance, this ankara infinity dress is the one for you. A dress that can be worn in many ways and features unique criss cross spaghetti strap and high low cut.
Proudly made in Kenya, this Kahaari wax print dress would be perfect for cocktail, bridal parties, baby showers, and more.
24. Ankara Three Quarters Sleeve Dress by Maggie Gold 56
Drooling over the insane details of this ankara print dress by Maggie Gold. The pleated detail and mix of two African print materials evoke a preppy and brilliant appeal.
I also own a few pieces from this designer and can speak to the quality of her pieces. A perfect replacement to boring workwear. Swoon worthy!
25. African Print Gown and Pants Set by Jadore Africa
Ok, ok people this dress has that va-va-voom you want in a summer piece. It’s a two piece with a high rise side slit dress with wide leg pants. Pair the dress with leggings and the pants with a different blouse for more styling options.
Plus you get two for the price of one. You won’t believe the price of this set! And yes, it’s made with 100% African wax cotton too.
26. Biodun Maxi Dress by Ace Couture
Can we just have a moment of silence for this beauty? Argh! I can’t get over the awesomeness of this Biodun African print maxi dress. The colors, the wrap around detail and bubble sleeves is everything and then some. And guess what? It’s available in plus sizes. Don’t sleep on this one ladies!
27. Omoge Kimono Dress by Zere Fashion House
Oh la la! This stripe mix with African print will give you all the feels. And if this says anything about how far African print clothes have come, the stripe print and ankara combo is the perfect union between two different worlds. See for yourself and snag one up while you’re at it.
28. Jasmine Bishop Sleeve Midi Dress by Yetunde Sarumi
I’m always in awe of Yetunde’s pieces. Cleans lines, and delicate elegance are the words that come to mind when I see or wear any Yetunde Sarumi African clothing.
The yellow Jasmine midi pencil dress features oversized organza sleeves that beautifully contrast with the cinched waistline that pop with the included belt. I’ve never seen a fully lined handmade ankara dress as beautiful as this one at this amazing price.
29. Alice-in-wonderland dress by Gitas Portal
Sweet, edgy, playful go well with this Alice in Wonderland dress. The pleated details and tie-front bow makes it more so appealing.
30. Dashiki Maxi Dress by Zizi Bespoke
Stun the crowd in this gorgeous maxi dress. This dress will get you tons of compliments. The unique neckline and overflowing length makes it perfect for special occasions.
31. Azizi Dashiki Dress by Kahaari
This dashiki print midi dress looks so sophisticated. The colors and asymmetrical patterns is so chic.
32. African Clothing Caro Dress by Ysand
Just like Amazon, if you thought Walmart would be a stranger to African print clothes, you’d be wrong. Check out this Caro handmade dress by Ysand.
Although I cannot speak to the quality of this dress, we’ll both agree that it is gorgeous. Elegant, chic, and the perfect marriage between African print and mainstream style. This dress will steal the show.
33. Ifeoma Kitenge Wax Print Dress by Boriah Clothiers
Up next is the breathtaking Ifeoma dress that is a clever blend between two cultures (western and African). Handmade in Nigeria by a talented female entrepreneur, this dress is next to none.
This ankara gown is perfect for the corporate workplace and special events like weddings, parties, Sunday service, and presentations. Endowed with delicately place lace inserts, this dress is very flattering (and is fully lined too!).
34. Serengetti Doll Kitenge Dress by Gitas Portal
Go to the max with this effortless chic midi dress. Dress it up with a pair of classic pumps or down with a pair of stylish ballet flats.
35. Reversible Patchwork Maxi Dress by WithFlare
Emm yes this reversible one-shoulder dress is beyond magnificent. So much love (i.e. African print) in one product.
36. The Alexina Mini Dress by Laviye
Bare those sexy legs in this ultra chic African print dress. Get ready for a fun and flirty attire featuring stylish ruffle details. Let this dress do the introductions for you 😉
37. Bell Sleeves Ankara Dress by Shenbolen
Here’s another great Amazon Find with rave reviews from over 100 customers. This asymmetrical dress is elegant and trendy. The peplum sleeves speak volumes and adds to the uniqueness of the attire.
This dress is handmade with 100% African wax cotton fabric and features side pockets and an invisible back zipper for convenience.
38. Aleesha Wax Print Dress by L’Aviye
This designer crafts some of the best contemporary African print dresses I’ve ever seen. The Aleesha dress is no exception. The puff sleeves and off the shoulder detail of this midi dress will get you noticed a mile away.
This ankara number features a sweetheart neckline and super chic and feminine details with an upgraded appeal. P.S: This style would be amazing to wear to weddings!
39. Mixed Print Cutout Dress by Zizi Bespoke
Not your typical African print dress. The cutout detail gives this fit and flare dress a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it irresistible. Rock this dress with a pair of stylish heel to create a winning look.
40. Onyi Infinity Dress by Ace Couture
If wrap dresses appeal to you, this African print infinity maxi dress was made for you. This is a gown that you can wear in various ways. Can’t refuse a multipurpose dress that can transition from summer get-togethers and date nights, to wedding guest outfit and prom dress attire. Consider the Onyi ankara dress as a one and done piece!.
41. Maria Maxi Dress by Gitas Portal
Talk about a clean, modern and elegant! This ankara maxi dress is fits that description! In awe of the chicness of this rather simple dress. The fit, colors, and pattern make this ankara maxi gown stand out.
It features a brass zip detail that lines the entire dress from the neckline to the knee opening to a sexy split. #UnderstatedElegance
42. African Print Maxi Dress by Vixi Queen
I know I’m not a big fan of ankara print made from polyester fabric. But if polyester African print clothes rock your boat, then you might like this maxi dress. This dress features, a non-stretchy fabric, off shoulder neckline, long sleeves, and a front button closure.
43. Patchwork Inspired Ankara Dress by Hongyu Amy
This list will not be complete without mentioning this jaw-dropping ankara dress. And best of all, this African print dress is made from 100% ankara wax print cotton fabric. And it costs under $50 and ships free with Amazon Prime.
The dress has a hidden back zipper to make it easy to put on and take off and a removable sache to get your glam on. Don’t sleep on this dress! Pair this stunning ankara gown with sandals or flats for a relaxed look or with high heels for a sophisticated look.
44. Ankara Off Shoulder Dress by Maggie Gold 56
Ruffles and off shoulder ankara dresses are all the rave this summer. This is one of the many reasons I love African prints – the endless ways a simple fabric can be transformed into an exquisite outfit.
The ruffled off-shoulder detail creates the illusion of a more slender figure. Cinched at the waist and then full below the bodice.
45. Kunbi African Skater Dress by Habby Rose
You will dazzle in this super chic puffered dress. The print and style is classic, conservative, and fashionable! The Habby Rose dress is made with authentic Hollandais African wax print fabric.
The bodice is lined for fullness and to reduce transparency. The gown is also fitted with zipper at the back for convenience. Per request, this dress can be customized as desired.
46. Kira Off Shoulder African Dress by L’Aviye
The first words that come to mind with this dress is “oh la la!” Seriously, you will cause a commotion wearing this stunning maxi dress. As with all L’Aviye handmade pieces, you can expect that this dress is made to perfection with nothing but the best.
This ankara gown features deep side pockets, and a sexy side slit to show off your legs and the off shoulder sweetheart neckline action is giving us summer vibes. Gotta love this off shoulder dress!
47. Disco Floor Length Dress by Zizi Bespoke
What is there not to love about this Ankara maxi dress? The very ethnic print and off-shoulder style adds a tasteful flavor to the ensemble.
48. Dashiki Bodycon Sleeveless Dress by Shekiss
Can’t believe we’re already at #48 of the list! If you’ve been searching for a dashiki dress, this gown is for you. Although it’s not made from cotton wax material, the fabric is soft, stretchy and comfortable on the skin.
With this price, you can literally afford to buy each color without breaking the bank. The perfect dress for the summer!
49. Colourful Ankara Prom Dress by Zizi Bespoke
My oh my! This dress deserves a double take. It has been a while since I laid eyes on a green and purple African print clothing that looked as beautiful as this dress. Think wedding, milestone birthday, and prom as the perfect match for this elegant dress.
The dress features a low front neckline and rounded bottom that add a sensual appeal this dashiki print dress. Order ahead of time to make sure it’ll be ready in time for your special day.
50. Batik Print Casual Ankara Dress by Shenbolen
And for the big #50, we’re taking it back to Amazon. You’ll agree with me that finding nice African print pieces can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. With a 4+ star rating on Amazon, it’s no wonder many people love this affordable African print dress.
Look like a damsel, walk like a damsel, slay like a damsel, be a damsel. If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that you can never have too many African print dresses.
51. The Butterfly Maxi Dress by Zizi Bespoke
This is an all-round beautiful long-sleeve maxi dress. Make a statement like no one is watching! Perfect for special occasions. stylish.
52. Makenna Dashiki Maxi Dress by L’Aviye
Shut the front door! This dashiki maxi dress is impeccable! Just like the Colourful Ankara Prom Dress by Zizi Bespoke, you can rock this stunner for weddings, milestone birthdays, and prom date.
The Makenna African maxi dress is handmade from authentic African print and features a criss-cross back detail that just begs to be touched. Top it all off with hidden side pockets that a functional and practical. This dress is irresistible.
53. Double Print Ankara Dress by Maggie Gold 56
If the previous outfits are a little over the top for you, you’ll love this fashionable short-sleeve ankara dress. The dress will quickly become your summer staple for work and casual hangouts.
This dress features a combination of two ankara prints. As the designer put it, “be bold and unapologetically beautiful in this dress.”
54. Kente Gathered Dress by MAD Kollection
Last but far from the least is this breathtaking layered kente dress from MAD Kollection. The colors, the three-quarter sleeves, layered fabric and deep-v neckline makes this dress a winner.
Dress it up with heels for a statement look or with flats for a toned down classy outfit.
I try my best to keep this post updated. As you might know, African print designs sell out fast so by the time you find a an ankara style you love, it might be too late. I have done another major update to this post with newer styles PLUS where to get them.
If you loved this post, you will love my sister’s African print store. She sells high-quality, affordable, handmade and custom African print dresses and ethnic bomber jackets. She also ships internationally. Need a custom design? Contact her here.
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Actually I really love these dresses. Recently we did a photoshoot with a great foundation for the L’AVIYE dress (4th pick). I will let you know when the campaign will launch.
Actually I really love these dresses. Recently we did a photoshoot with a great foundation for the L’AVIYE dress (4th pick). I will let you know when the campaign will launch.
There are so many beautiful prints to choose from. I know that if I had to choose one, it would be very difficult. But I am leaning towards a dress that allows me to hide my belly somewhat. 🙂
Love that African print is always colorful. These outfits are all beautiful and elegant!
These African prints are vibrant and colourful. I love the uniqueness of all the styles. The designers are so talented.
Those dresses are gorgeous. The bold prints and colors are definitely stunning.
These are all stunning! Love the beautiful patterns and colors.
Wow, those dresses are gorgeous. I am loving them all. They are such bright colors and I love it. I love owning bright outfits.
Ooo! I love these prints. I’m a 1970’s bohemian woman and these really appeal to me!
Your dresses & fabrics are beautiful! As I am probably too old for mist of the styles, can you suggest somewhere I can just buy African fabric?
Hi Cathy, thanks for reaching out. My sister has an Etsy shop where you can purchase genuine African print fabric. You can also reach out to her directly on Etsy if there’s a particular pattern/fabric you’re interested in. Here’s my link to her Etsy Store: https://rstyle.me/+sOIsCHZ0Rab-ugttRBEV5w
This is beautiful women dress. I like this best African Dresses.
wow wow very lovely print you have here ,keep it up darling
Thanks for stopping my Nelly. The designers did a phenomenal job.
So fabulous fashions
stunning attires they are so beautiful.
I know, right? Thanks for stopping by Sabetah!
How can I place an order?
Hi Marilyn, click on the image or product link of the item you’re interested in to be directed to the seller. If product is sold out, use the contact form to request custom order from the seller. Hope this helps!
The dresses and fabrics are stunning.
My name is Aphia Addy, fashion designer here in Accra. Im into African print women suits and jackets . I am wondering how I can be featured on your website. Please send me more info in this regards
Hi I love these dresses they take away my breath. Beautiful. How can one have the pattern if I want to make my own?
Hi Marian, these are breathtaking pieces by amazing designers 🙂 I’m not sure where you can get the pattern as these are not publicly available from the designers. You’d have to create your own pattern or reach out to each designer.
Wow!! All of them are so colorful and versatile in their own way. Wish I could grab some of them here in India. Awesome outfits. Thanks for sharing.
I Love Love everything! Beautiful colors, prints, designs…….yes yes yes!!
Hello, I am in Namibia and am very blown away by your design of dress number 37 and 48. i would like to purchase it as soon as possible before you are even out of stock.
Hi Navita, thank you for your kind comment. I am not the designer of these pieces. Simply click on the link or image to be taken straight to the designer’s store.
For #37 – https://rstyle.me/n/cw8mc8r97n
For #48 – https://rstyle.me/n/cw8mv2r97n
Dress #33 was designed by my cousin. Her name is Claude Kameni. Her Instagram handle is laviebyck. I don’t know who is Estherine GH, but she didn’t design the dress. I recognize the house and the picture from her Instagram. You can go through her Instagram and find it. She should get the credit for the dress.
Thank you for showing these gorgeous dresses. Some very creative designs and looks very well made.
Thank you for stopping by Gerda 🙂
Love the second dress.
These dresses are so pretty. The fabrics so lovely. They are just adorable.
I feel the same way too about African print 🙂
Where can I get these fabrics, I live in Kenya.
Some of the designers ship internationally. Click on the design you like to be taken straight to the designer’s store. You can contact them directly for shipping details. Hope this helps!
Your design are adorable.
The fabric prints so loveley
They are made by talented designers. This is just a roundup of some of my favorite styles.
I looooove the wax print dresses , how does one get to buy the fabric if I want one or a few? I can do the dresses myself. And I’m in South Africa
Hi Prudence, you can get some of the fabric on Etsy. There’s no guarantee that you’ll find exactly what you want but Etsy would be your best bet.
These dresses are breathtaking, and as I browse through it all each one look mire beautiful than the next. However I am trying to locate where I can make a purchase on this blog and is unable to do so. There is a green with tan color with black dots in the circle of the green and I am unable to locate where I can purchase that dress.
Continue bringing us tgese fabulous pieces , your work is greatly appreciated.
Hello Maxine, thank you for stopping by. That dress might already be sold out it’s hard to tell which dress you’re referring to without providing the dress #. To shop any of these styles, simply click on the image to be directed to the designer’s store. Thank you.
I love the tradition clothe they all gorgeous
These are such beautiful designs. I love your site, please keep up the good work.
how beautiful are these dresses ! stunning !
I want all of them 🙂
Nice, check out my etsy shop for beautiful dresses as well in Africa print
Thanks for stopping by Malacia. You have many beautiful styles in your store. I’ve shared many of them on my Pinterest board and will be sure to add a few to this post when I do the next update.
I’m loving all these outfits, I really want an African print inspired outfit.
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Thanks Tajinder! I’m glad you love these. I need more in my closet 🙂
Thanks from Gitas Portal for featuring 3 of our designs in the top 50, especially our Rebekah dress that came in at number 1.
We are very grateful.
My pleasure, Gitas Portal! Your designs and styles are spectacular and your craftsmanship speaks for itself.
Where can I purchase some of the outfits
Hello Angelia, you can click on the image or the pink text related to the dress you’re interested in to be taken to the seller’s store. Hope this helps!
Love the Color and lines of so many of these!!!! Got several of them marked on my Pinterest personal style wanna be. lol
Go for it girl! They are so so stunning 🙂
Wonderful works keep it up
Thanks for stopping by Oladimeji. Ah I wished I made these dresses myself. They are made by talented designers whose work I really love and just had to share 🙂
Your outfits are absolutely gorgeous, I would love to know where to get some of the fabrics I like how bright and flowing they are. You are a wonderful seamstress .
Hello Virginia, thanks for your lovely comment. These dresses were made by several Etsy designers. You might be able to get some nice patterns from Vlisco but a lot of them locally source their fabric in their home country. Hope this helps!