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They say, “all good things come to an end.” Today, I’m sharing the 30 African outfits I wore from my 30 days of African fashion series in on epic roundup post for your convenience.
This was the first time that I’ve ever worked on a series of this magnitude. It has been an exciting process from the conception of the idea, to getting all 30 best African print clothing, to shooting each look in the heart of Alaska’s winter (think subzero degree weather).
Working with a diverse group of talented African attire designers gave me the opportunity to take a peek into the lives of the creative entrepreneurs and the love they endear towards the creation of phenomenal African wax pieces.
I sure put my photographer, SNH Photos, to the test. We shot 10 outfits from morning to late afternoon on one day we had nicer winter weather. I had to warm up during outfit changes, which stretched out our shoot. But he was a trooper.
I might be a little biased, but I think these are the 30 best African outfits I’ve seen in a while 😉.
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30 Days of Breathtaking African Outfits
Kicked off the African outfits series with this elaborate patchwork-inspired dress by Habby Rose. The cool thing about this maxi dress is that the patchwork design of the fabric creates the illusion of a true patchwork style.
Twirled into the weekend in a super chic peplum top by WithFlare Designs. You guys know how obsessed I am with WithFlare patchwork pieces. This fit-and-flare ankara patchwork peplum shirt blew me away and y’all were crazy about it on Instagram too.
Stepped into a new week in this oh-so-hot cape dress by Tribe of Dumo. The vibrant print and unique placement of a polka dot sash make a bold statement.
I call this bodycon dress the African wax print “unicorn dress.” Made with love by the talented Adetoke of the @sgtcclothing. This buddy entrepreneur sure puts a creative twist to African outfits.
The colors and cut of the duster will upgrade any outfit. My all-black look is an example! This Instagram post was the most-saved African outfit of the series.
This SosoMe Shop wrap-around ankara top was the perfect layer to add some flare to my outfit. You’ll love the selection of premium and original African print outfits this brand carries. Jenni, the creative designer and owner of SosoMe hails from #Ghanajollof
Day 7: African Print Midi Skirt
Every girl needs a clean-cut and elegant skirt. And Yetunde Sarumi was my selection for day 7 of the series. The Lena African print midi skirt and the entire collection of Yetunde Sarumi will help you effortlessly make a bold statement.
L’Aviye has a thing for elaborate dresses. A peep at their website will leave you mesmerized by the spectacular selection of one-of-a-kind ankara clothes fit for special events.
Although this floral print dress is not a typical African wax pattern, you sure can’t resist its beauty.
Day 9 of the series was not the first time you’ve seen me wear a Nanayah Studio African print attire. Dr. Jemima pulled all the stops with this asymmetrical peplum top complete with a wrap-around design and bubble sleeves.
Day 10: African Print Wrap Blouse
Rahyma exudes luxury African print fashion with African attires guaranteed to be bold, evocative, and eye-catching. And this African wax wrap blouse is proof of what Rahyma clothing has to offer.
Sometimes simple is all we need. For this look, I wanted to feature a casual, everyday African fashion that can be worn… every single day.
This African print off the shoulder dress is a fresh and trendy piece that can be worn day-in or day-out. Shop Kambia channeled that casual-chic summer vibes in stylish off the shoulder dress.
Day 12: Kente Mermaid Pencil Skirt
If you’re crazy about African fashion (as much as I am), you’re already familiar with Diyanu. In fact, I have two pieces sitting in my shopping cart as I compose this article.
This Kente pencil skirt was made using their Onna collection fabric. It stretches and hugs in all the right places. If you’re opposed to the traditional cotton fabric used to make most African wax clothes, you’d love the Onna fabric by Diyanu.
Day 13: African Wax Print Maxi Dress
Another WithFlare Designs piece featured in the series again. This ankara maxi dress was made for a balmy summery feel – think weddings and special occasion. The way the dress flows with each movement felt like a fairytale.
Rekindled that #wakandaforever vibes in a layered, asymmetrical skirt by Adetoke of SGTC Clothing. African attires like this African print skirt is a great way to infuse Afrocentric pieces into your wardrobe.
Make a statement at work. Or rock this beauty to weddings, church, parties, and on date night.
Day 15: African Print High-low Dress
This Rahyma ankara dress oozes with glamorous ruffles, cold-shoulder and asymmetrical cut. If you love vibrant clothes, this ankara print dress gives you that understated cultural appeal. I finished this look with a pair of chic bow-detailed heels.
Day 16: Ankara Flared Dress
Maggie Gold took a different spin on this ankara flared dress. The beaded collar and full flare style is a fresh infusion I have not seen with African clothes. This dress will be your best friend during the hot summer months.
Day 17: African Print Kimono Set
This African wax kimono set from Grassfields from day 17 was a hit on Instagram and at work. The pastel-colored fabric, ankara pattern selection, and the execution is pure perfection. This modern ankara style shows how elegant African print clothes are today.
Day 18: African Print Cocktail Dress
The deep V plunge neckline of this short ankara dress with an exaggerated ankara bow are lust-worthy details that make this dress stand out.
A quick twirl reveals a deep-cut back that adds to the beauty of this Boriah Clothiers cocktail dress. Pull all the stops this summer wearing a dress guaranteed to have all eyes on you.
Day 19: African Print Midi Dress
Enjoy your summer rocking this Nanayah Studio sleeveless crossover sleeve dress. This African wax fabric is a popular pattern that can be bought in a plethora of colors. The vibrant orange color will make you stand out at the next event you attend.
Day 20: Casual Ankara Two-Way Top
On the twentieth day of the series, this multi-way ankara top b Gitas Portal made an appearance. The combination of the African print top with denim folded at the hem and a pair of Converse sneakers is a combination that can easily be worn all year round.
Day 21: Belted Ankara Office Dress
Maggie Gold stroke gold with this gorgeous ankara wax print dress. This is a work-appropriate outfit that is complete with a matching black belt. I dressed up the African outfit with patent pumps, mesh socks, and vintage-inspired luggage purse.
Day 22: Pleated Ankara Skirt
Today is all about this signature ankara skirt from Lady Chang NY. This mother-daughter duo designed this pleated, short African print skirt that flattering on almost any figure this season.
Day 23: Ankara Chiffon Blouse
Most authentic African print clothes are made with cotton. Both the Diyanu Onna fabric collection and this Yetunde Sarumi chiffon top are an exception. So I was excited to try out this Yetunde Sarumi ankara chiffon blouse.
You would appreciate the practicality of a breathable chiffon top during hot summer months. I wore this ankara blouse on repeat on my trip to Nigeria with countless 80-plus degree weather!. I played off the colors of the ankara top by choosing a super stylish tassel tie-up sandals.
Day 24: Off-Shoulder Ankara Dress
And another ankara midi dress made with the super- stretchy Diyanu Onna fabric. With how snug this African print off-shoulder dress fits, you’d think that I would have a hard time walking.
The Onna stretchy fabric allows the dress to conform to my shape and movement. The triple strap detail and black solid side tuxedo-style panels bring this off shoulder ankara dress together.
Day 25: Dashiki Bodycon Dress
Amazon Fashion is a goldmine! I randomly discovered African clothes on Amazon a few months ago. Almost immediately, this under $25 dashiki mini dress got my attention.
If you’re looking for cheap African print clothes, Amazon might be your best best. Check out my selection of top-rated African outfits on my Amazon Shop.
Day 26: Scuba Sheath Dress with Ankara
Nothing screams wedding season better than the perfect red dress. Especially when that dress is named after you 😉.
This neoprene dress by Nod Fashion features a 3/4 length bell sleeves and asymmetrical African print peplum finish that you get you looking your best. Talk about sleek and sophisticated!
Day 27: African Print High Low Top
I’m of the opinion that anyone can pull off rocking African print clothes. The perfect fabric, style, and pattern play an important role in how good the piece would look on you.
This ankara top by Nanayah Studio is a cute option for summer. Pair with your favorite denim or leggings and a nice pair of shoes.
Day 28: Stylish African Print Dress
You can tell that I am obsessed with this Maggie Gold ankara maxi dress. This African wax print dress came with me to Nigeria.
The ruffle off-shoulder detail creates the illusion of a more slender figure. Cinched at the waist and then full below the bodice. Ruffles and off shoulder ankara dresses are all the rave this summer.
Day 29: African Print Skirt
On day 29, I wore this Lady Chang NY African wax print skirt. This fit and flare design is flattering on most body types. I especially love the soft gather on the hem of the skirt. The way it moves with each step is like music to the ears.
I completed the 30 days of African outfits series with this banging hot ankara print dress by L’Aviye. This is actually a multiway dress that can be worn in 6 different ways. Think about the endless possibilities of styling this one-of-a-kind maxi dress.
I’d like to conclude by paraphrasing my Instagram caption from day 30:
I’ve had a blast taking you with me on this fun journey sharing breathtaking, out-of-this-world stunning ankara clothes.
These pieces encapsulate the essence of the African heritage and tell the stories of resilience, strength, and triumphs of the designers and people who fiercely embrace this culture.
It is impressive how a piece of clothing can singularly tell so many stories. And as an African living in the middle of Alaska, I cherish the freedom to be able to embrace two seemingly contradicting worlds in one photo.
Major thanks to everyone who has followed this series on Instagram and here on the blog. My utmost gratitude to all the designers who made this series possible. And a big shout-out to my photographer, SNH Photos for braving the cold and delivering these knockout photos.
To the femtrepreneurs pursuing their dreams, a standing ovation to you #TheStruggleIsReal. Your support of these small businesses means more than you would ever imagine.
If you made it to the end of the caption, you’re the real MPV! 😉
Featured designers/brands from this 30 days of African outfits fashion series:
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Although Amazon is not my number one go-to destination for ankara styles, I’ve purchased a few quality pieces from Amazon. The key is to look for ankara clothes made with cotton (like this one), as well as, the product reviews. Here are a few top-rated African print clothing on Amazon:
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