It’s been way too long since my last outfit post. So “officially” kicking off the New Year with this collection of four African print looks (you know how I roll!).
I shot these looks in December when the weather was warmer than it is right now. I planned to have the post up before the end of the year but life happened. My photographer fell sick, Christmas happened, and New Year happened. So here we are today!
African print fashion is one of my favorite pieces to talk about. I don’t wear them as often as I want to in the winter. This gorgeous collection from Sika’a is a great segue into talking about each one of these pieces.
What I love about this Sika’a African print playsuit is the beautiful composition of African wax fabric perfectly paired with a flowy solid fabric. I’m all for vibrant African print but sometimes less is more. The subtle colors of the African wax shine through the plain white polyester top.
The cuffed thighs and ankara sleeve cuffs are unique details that make this playsuit elegant. The deep v-neck with wrap-around pattern also add to the elegance of the set. I chose to wear my multi-row Amrita Singh choker necklace because it adds to the overall beauty of the outfit.
This African print playsuit comes with a detachable matching 100% polyester belt. I opted for a black waist belt to go with the gold details of my choker and the black color of my insulated tights. On a summer day, I would trade my tights and riding boots for bare legs and stilettos for a dressier look. Or casual chic flats like this lace-up sandals or pointy-toe flats for an upgraded casual look.
I am wearing a UK 12 (US 8) but I could have easily sized down to a UK 8 (US 4) which is my regular size. Definitely, refer to the Sika’a size chart before placing your order :)
Up next is this sophisticated African print maxi dress made of 100% African super wax cotton. I stress the quality of the fabric because I’ve noticed an uptick in websites selling “African Print clothes”. However, the quality of their products is not as good as the African print clothes I grew up knowing.
You can easily tell the difference because most are not made with African wax, they are ‘usually’ super stretchy/thin fabric, cost a fabric of the price and lack the appeal of genuine African wax. These are simply African-printed designs. I know because I own one or two them. While there is nothing wrong with them, I believe this is a pearl to keep at the back of your mind so you know the difference.
Back to this gorgeous dress! When I saw this photo, I immediately had a flashback to the last 2 or so episodes of Game of Thrones. I pictured Sensa on that cold winter day talking to Petyr Baelish as he tried to poison her heart towards Arya Stark. I guess my rendition is a smiley “hear no evil” vibe.
I’m obsessed with the execution [no pun intended] of this Sika’a maxi dress. The volume of the dress creates the illusion of a smaller waist and fuller hips. Yes, I’m a little vain. The dress is super long so extra tall babes would love this dress. Petite girls can tailor the dress to their desired length.
With African print, I rather have excess than not enough because most times a little tailoring here or there will get the outfit looking the way you want it. Another beautiful feature is the asymmetric front pockets. I love pockets! The pockets are hidden which make convenient to load them up all you want.
I really did not want to bare my hands so I layered this red beauty with a 3/4-sleeve bodycon dress. For a little warmth, I wore this faux fur navy blue scarf. The scarf is truly navy blue but appears black because I was directly backing the sun.
I grew up wearing ankara print so getting my hands on a dashiki print was one I looked forward to. When I found this Dashiki dress on Amazon, I immediately bought it. Like I pointed above, the dress has the dashiki print but it is not the traditional dashiki cotton fabric.
However, Sika’a dashiki print trouser and top set is the real deal. Made of 100% JAVA print cotton, this sophisticated co-ord set is both stylish and modern. Look at the details!
Sadly I had a lot of static while shooting this look so the full beauty of this set is slightly diminished [argh! Winter weather!]. The trouser has a long belt that can be tied forward for a draping effect. I tied my belt to the back because the static current wouldn’t let me be great ;(
Again, another well-crafted African print outfit that also includes concealed pockets! I know, I know. What’s up with me and pockets? I love handbags but they are one more thing I have to worry about in the winter in addition to gloves, earmuffs, scarves, boots, jackets, and plugging my car at subzero temperatures.
The possibilities are endless with this Sika’a high waisted mini skirt. My biggest concern about rocking mini skirts in the winter is catching a cold. I don’t wear a lot of skirts in January and February for this reason because that’s the coldest time of the year in Alaska [think -40ºF for days in a row].
On milder winter days, wearing your skirt with a pair of insulated leggings will keep you from getting too cold. Like all the other Sika’a pieces, I love the choice of African wax fabric for this skirt. The bold blue/red colors are saturated towards the hem of the skirt with white/red on the top. This pattern creates a slender look :)
For this look, I layered the cardigan on top my tucked tank top. Then I cinched my waist with a skinny belt. In the summer, you could easily rock the tucked in tank top and flirty skirt with a pair of sexy stilettos. Or go for a dressier look with a dramatic top and pointed toe pumps, like the model.
If you made it this far, I applaud your patience. I love going into details when I share African print clothes because I know that not all my readers have the cultural background I have.
Sika’a carries a great selection of bespoke African print clothes. The quality of their products speaks for themselves. Also, delivery was extremely fast to Alaska. That says a lot because shipping typically takes a little longer, even Amazon Prime!
As we look forward to spring and summer, consider shopping for African print pieces at Sika’a. Like one of my readers pointed out, “…the right fit to your body is extremely important to carry off the beauty of the dress.” I love my pieces and I’m sure you’ll love yours too.
Photos by SNH Photos
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