My name is Louisa and I have an addiction to African dresses! Grab a drink, popcorn, and your wallet because you’re about to be exposed to 45+ amazing handmade African dresses with details on where you can get them.
I know from personal experience that there’s nothing worse than finding the perfect dress without knowing where to get it. It’s my goal to never leave you high and dry.
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Sadly I am not a designer or a seamstress so once these African styles sell out, they may be gone forever. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are my favorite African dresses that you need right now (+ links to where to get them).
Ready? 3, 2, 1 —> African dresses :)
*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.
Super Fashionable African Dresses of 2021
Like really! Who would not just want to have one piece of garment on without having to worry if the top and bottom matches? All you literarily must worry about is picking the right dress! Well, with African Dresses, there is no going wrong.
Follow along and let’s enter the adventurous world of African dresses that guarantees to inspire you. Psst! For the Amazon lovers here are the top African print dresses available on Amazon:
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1. Pamela Wrap Dress by L’Aviye
One word for this dress is POWERFUL. This bold ankara print dress is so effortless and yet very classy and elegant. This beautiful fashion piece would look amazing on all body types and it can be used to almost any function, from weddings and graduation to date nights or just night out with the girls.
2. Deola Mermaid Maxi Infinity by Ofuure
Get ready to look like a queen in this gorgeous African dress. The choice is yours with the infinite ways to style yo mermaid maxi dress. Such an easy way to stretch your dollar one outfit at a time.
P.S: This infinity style makes the perfect prom dress too. The infinity style and seductive neckline will make you the hottest chica in town.
3. Eva Marie Gold by Gitas Portal
A beautiful African dress with well-structured attention to detail and form-fitting to give you that radiance when you make an entrance at the ball.
I love the soothing blend of the gold and purple giving the dress a depiction of royalty and you can definitely accessorize this African print dress to your taste for whatever special occasion you want to storm. This African dress is fun, vibrant and definitely a show stopper.
4. Pink Party Dress by With Flare
This flirtatious patchwork ankara dress will have people dancing to the beat of your music. This sweetheart halter dress packs lots of punch with a bodacious flare skirt. You’ll be glad you bought this dress!
5. The Nkem Dress by Habby Stitches
This is the perfect African print midi dress to take your day from 0 to 100. The embellished details, sleeveless style, and classic neckline makes it is a classic piece in your closet.
6. Tiwa Ankara Maxi Dress by Naborhi
Naborhi prides itself in its quality handmade pieces and use of high quality authentic African wax print materials and this thigh-high chic African print dress is proof of that.
Free-flowing, waist fitting, one-shoulder dress is well crafted for the young and free and can be styled or accessorized with African print headgear or African made print jewelry.
7. Pussybow Boho Dress by Kahaari
Shine bright like a diamond in this asymmetrical ruffle ankara boho dress. One thing that stands out is the alignment of the motif in this garment; you can tell someone did their homework to create such cohesiveness.
The style itself is terrific; it’s refreshing to have designs in African prints that cuts across several occasions. Not every time party cloth, sometimes smart casual! The necktie and asymmetric hem make it perfect as a smart casual Friday wear to work. Style this dress with your favorite pumps, you’re set to set the office on fire!
8. Ovieya Maxi Dress by Boriah Clothiers
The first words that came to mind when I saw this dress was elegant yet modest. It’s hard not to have so much love for this handmade goodness. The sheer detail, style, and even colors are the perfect marriage of creative brilliance.
And as someone who owns a few pieces from this designer, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed.
9. Bohemian Maxi Dress by Kahaari
You want an African print dress that gives that summer sun, fun-loving, girl-on-the-beach vibes with a blend of a pop of colors and still looking effortlessly simple and pretty, then you have to try this bohemian maxi dress.
Fashion doesn’t have to be too much, simple is the new glow. From the revealing neckline, well-lined dress, and lightweight feel, its a fun dress to have.
10. Kasinma Maxi Dress by Ace Kouture
You tell yourself that you’ll stop shopping when you find the perfect dress. With African print dresses, it’s a vicious cycle. There are so many perfect dresses. This button-down and belted dress got us oohing and ahhing.
You can match as a jacket on a pair of leggings and off-shoulder top, wear as a kimono on a black dress with all buttons flung open and rebellious or lay low and wear as a button-down dress with waist belt.
11. Amira Maxi Dress by L’Aviye
You are pretty, no arguments! But some dresses redefine beauty by making you even more beautiful. I firmly believe this one is such a dress! Just look at the work of art, the necklines, pockets, waist belt, the color of the print, the fullness of the gown, and the length of the dress! This one is effortless, effortlessly beautiful!
If you’re not already obsessed with maxi dresses, I don’t know what to tell you. Eat your cake and have it in this elegant ankara dress with waist belt and elaborate pockets. Feel like a hopeless romantic in this chic dress.
12. Kente Mini Dress by La Mode Afrique
Get on cloud 9 in this stunning asymmetric kente mini dress with exaggerated sleeves. Throw on a metal waist belt to cinch your waist and get ready to wow the crowd at your next big event.
Simple as it seems the design elements cannot be ignored. The dress communicates its hotness through the intelligent use of diagonal lines patterns.
13. Nadia Kimono by Glamz By Ama
A must-have for every fashion lover in this millennium are kimonos and you can’t go wrong with Africa print kimonos design.
Africa Print kimono is so chic, radiant with various blends of color, and can be styled for literally every kind of occasion or special event. You can’t go wrong with loose fit sleeves and this Nadia kimono by Glamz By Ama is simply elegant, stress-free and fresh.
14. The Annie Dress by Ofuure
Ofuure does it again with another ankara dress that will literally knock the heels of your socks off! Slay like there’s no tomorrow in this bad-ass loose-fit flare dress. Speechless that’s how this makes me feel. This is beautiful, elegance personified.
The fullness is what makes this a statement piece! Wear with flats or stilettos for a more dressed up look. You’ll be wearing this baby on repeat like you replay your favorite songs.
15. Detachable Sleeves Dress by Bespoke by Glory
Just minding my business perusing Etsy for stunning African dresses (because that’s how I love to spend my spare time) and came across this detachable sleeves dress. My world came to a standstill. Seriously, why do African print dresses have to be so pretty?
Really! This mini dress got me waiting on my next paycheck like yesterday. #SorryNotSorry! And yes, ankara dresses like this is not for the faint of heart.
16. Ohemaa Aba Dress by Akese Style Lines
Exude some badassery in the Ohemaa dress. The bold sleeves, major cold shoulder details, and the vibrant print will make you a force to be reckoned with. Elegance, sophistication, and edginess all packed into one gorgeous dress.
17. Stunning Midi Dress by Amarys Design
Off shoulders are here to stay! This midi dress is classy and attractive, soft yet inviting. It features a single lapel, three-quarter sleeves and a fit and flare bottom that moves beautifully with each footstep you take.
18. The Kiki Maxi Dress by Habby Stitches
Feel over the moon in this vibrant ankara maxi dress. Maxi dresses are always in style year after year so why not switch things up a little by rocking this African print dress? Super-versatile for work, weddings and special occasions, and a casual outing with friends.
19. Osato Maxi Infinity Dress by Ofuure
Talk about making a statement! This multiway Ankara print infinity dress with two side pockets is very sophisticated and super stylish without going overboard.
Want a dress that you serve you well for weddings, cocktails, parties and more, you’ve found a winner. And if I might add, this looks like a must-have summertime dress that is attractive and comfortable.
20. Uche Dress by Ace Couture
A moment of silence for this ankara high-slit dress. Throw on a chunky waist belt and get ready to serve major hot sauce. Be the talk of the day with this single strap dress.
21. Ruffle Top Maxi Dress by Raisa
The perfect ruffle top African flare dress for a day out or anywhere your heart desires. Most definitely, the spotlight is gonna be on you as you are surely going to get tons of compliments in this stylish colorful off shoulder ruffle top Ankara print. The impressions you leave will last forever.
22. Sleeveless Ankara Dress by My Ankara Love
This body hugging deep V dress is simply a showstopper. It will accentuate your curves in all the right places. The peplum flare bottom adds extra pizzazz to your look. Make an even bolder statement with a super chic metallic waist belt which by the way is a must-have in every fashionista’s closet.
23. Coco African Print Midi Dress by House of Sarah
As much I love African print designs, I love African prints that can fit all body types and still show that feminine modern-day woman power. This well lined, lightweight African dress with side pockets screams regal and powerful.
24. Pearl Drop Dress by Zizi Bespoke
The Ankara saga continues with this unapologetically beautiful African print maxi dress complete with puffy sleeves. I mean what is a girl gonna do?
This pearl drop dress would make the perfect ankara prom dress this season. This maxi takes the gorgeous further with the two-piece illusion design. This is a masterpiece!
25. Dazzling Patchwork Dress by With Flare
I’ve always wanted a phenomenal African print dress and finally got it! I have and love this dress (p.s that’s me in the photo). This dress is everything and then some.
All about giving some cold shoulder in this one-shoulder reversible dress. Patchwork on one side and contrasting African wax on the other. Who doesn’t love getting two for the price of one?
26. Posi African Print Mini Dress By Ofuure
Channel your brown skin girl vibes with this stunning free-form dashiki dress. Wear as-is with a pair of heeled sandals or style with denim as the weather gets color. There’s no denying that you’ll hit the jackpot wearing this attractive African print dress!
27. Midi Skater Dress by Zizi Bespoke
Chic! Chic! Chic! Dresses are chic! This dress is very flattering, from the cute necktie to the circular bodice skirt, to that well-laid pattern on the bodice. Don’t forget about the stunning cuffed sleeves.
This dress gives a modern twist to a vintage look. Everything about this ankara fit and flare dress blurs the line between a retro and contemporary appeal.
28. Omote 2-Tier Ankara Dress by Flair by Ashi
The sexy wrap-around dress will have you pulling out your wallet before you know it. Wrap around this peplum dress with included sash and show off your summer legs (or not). You call the shots but the former is our preferred choice ;)
This dress has a lot of exciting features, from the two-tier asymmetric peplum to the plunging V-neck and the length of this dress.
29. Bell Sleeve Maxi Dress by Fabulous Ankara
Become the center of attention in this stylish African print dress with a free ankara headwrap. Conservative with a dash of oh-la-la all around. This layout of this print, the cutout detail on the shoulder, and the flounce sleeve is the climax of this outfit. Just irresistible!
30. The Buba Dress by Boriah Clothiers
Loose-fitted shift dresses are always a favorite this season. Obsessed with this dress because the rhinestone details and loose-fit design make it perfect for a casual or dressed up occasion.
31. Mini Mono Strap Print Dress By Funmi Odun
For that girl that isn’t afraid to show off those hot legs and beautiful body, then this mini mono strap print dress has your name written all over it. A blend of beautifully popping colors, one-shoulder, short and well-fitted dress, will make you glow like the summer sun.
32. Leaf Green Mermaid Dress by Zizi Bespoke
The African print saga continues with this ridiculously gorgeous African print prom dress. The deep u-neckline and curves get all the attention but the cutout detail on the back takes the dress up a notch. All about giving romantic flairs in this mermaid dress. This mermaid dress is everything!
33. Eniola Maxi Dress by Flair by Ashi
The amalgamation of breathtaking African print is the beginning of good things. What say you about Eniola off shoulder ankara dress with its alluring high slit and unique cold-shoulder neckline? Mais oui!
34. Ayaba Midi Dress by Yetunde Sarumi
All about that dressed up look in this sweet and playful handmade Ayaba midi dress from Yetunde Sarumi. The gather and sensual neckline combined with the slimming style adds an appealing vintage flair.
35. Black Dashiki Dress by Rahyma
Another dashiki print dress because you can never have too many. The perfect African dress for any special occasion you find yourself. This sleeveless African print dress features a high neckline and a classy high-low cut that is fitted on the waist with an A-line silhouette with hidden pockets. Rahyma does it again!
36. Ibukun Ankara Shirt Dress by Boriah Clothiers
A fresh multiway two pocket simple bespoke piece from Boriah Clothiers for the youthful woman. This piece can be rocked with heels, sneakers, sandals or even flops, depending on your desire or event in mind. A smart casual Ankara print that can be used as a kimono to rock denim or leggings.
37. Modern Off-shoulder Dress by Hint of Print
Simple is boring, said no one ever! This sexy kente print African dress by Hint of Print has my eyes set on this dress. A clean and simple bodycon dress with just a touch of African print frills will keep all eyes on you. Red is the new black!
38. Onome African Print Jumpsuit by Ofuure
Jumpsuits have always been a fave for women, especially at red carpet shows and events. So imagine rocking an African print jumpsuit at a red carpet event, you will definitely be the belle of the balls on that occasion. This beautifully mixed colorful, two sides pocket, waist belted, long sleeve African print jumpsuit will put the word bold in fashion.
39. Prom Maxi Dress by Bespoke by Glory
You will live in this African prom dress all day as you steal the spotlight! From the contrasting color block bustier to the elegantly layered mermaid hem with a short train.
Fashionable African dresses like this gown will leave the audience speechless as they gaze in awe of this dress. Oh! It’s made exactly to your requests too :D
40. High Low Asymmetric Vintage Dress by Wellwits
Make a bold statement with this gorgeous asymmetrical African dress. Rock this chic damsel look whenever you want to switch things up. The light gathers make this look so tasteful. And be sure to watch the video on this post to see how I styled this under $30 dress. Plus it ships free with Prime membership (free trial here).
41. African Print Midi Dress by Keerahs Fashion Cave
You cannot go wrong with too much color especially when they are so perfectly blended together in all the right places and this simple yet gorgeously looking African print midi dress, says it all.
A beautifully crafted handmade piece, with short sleeves, two pockets, a colorful waist belt and its combination of different African print is truly a masterpiece.
42. Bosa Wrap Dress by Habby Rose
Dress to impress in this stunner from Habby Rose. The brilliantly constructed sleeves give that je ne sais quoi to your ensemble. This dress is the perfect blend between mainstream influences on traditional African print attires. And just the perfect addition of vintage glamor to a modern-day dress.
43. The Dashiki Dress by Quistt
This 50’s inspired Vlisco Dutch Wax dress will have you wishing that your entire wardrobe was packed full with African print clothes.
44. Akin Maxi Infinity Dress By Ofuure
I have to say that Ofuure’s pieces are simply exquisite and glamorous and this pink bespoke piece is to die for. This Africa print maxi dress screams fabulous and you can rock it with an Africa print headgear, with or without the slit, or u can add a jacket with it. It really a work of art.
45. The Efe Dress by Habby Stitches
OMG! This dress is giving us so much life! The African mermaid dress perfectly features the most beautiful tube cut and flowy details. You’ll never want any other dress once you put this on.
46. Long Dashiki Summer Dress by Vshop
I know this list says 45 ridiculously chic African dresses. I just could get rid of this hotness. The glamorous dashiki style will leave people trailing behind you.
47. Sexy Mini Kente Dress by African Dress Shop
This dress is a showstopper! Don’t just wear any dress, rock clothes that will turn heads like this sexy mini kente dress. The deep neckline, bold sleeves, and vibrant print completes this smashingly hot outfit.
48. The Mira Maxi Dress by Habby Stitches
African dresses are just amazing! What’s not to love about this ankara dress with matching headwrap? The colors, patterns, and style is everything and then some!
This was a difficult job narrowing down the best African wax print dresses down to only
45 48. If you want to get your hands on any of the styles showcased above, simply click on the photo to be directed to the seller’s store. I’m just a girl who has close ties to her roots with a deep admiration for African print dresses.
Keep in mind that most African dresses are handmade when ordered so they cost a lot more than clothes you’ll find at your local retailer. And be sure to read the cleaning instructions and follow the tailor’s suggestions to ensure the longevity of your one-of-a-kind African dresses.
You might also find this post on how to care for your African print clothes helpful. Special care must be taken to ensure that you preserve the life of this delicate fabric.
More About African Dresses & Ankara Clothes
African dresses are so unique that big brands and retailers are beginning to introduce these styles into their collection. I hope you loved this post as much as I enjoyed creating it.
A big shout out to the ladies and gents who have made it their goal to serve us the best African print styles. My closet would be very sad if not for their handwork. As always, thank you for stopping by!
I love African dresses for a variety of reasons; one of which is the youthful feeling that comes with wearing dresses. The diversity in dress styles is another vital excuse to shop for African dresses. The ease of slipping into the one-piece clothing, and lastly the richness in the African print I know I cannot get anywhere else.
Note: This post was originally published in 2017, but was recently updated to include a fresh crop of the best African print dresses for you!
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