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So, its now very easy for women to be very much fashionable, with the affordability and availability of their clothes, the variety of designers whether there or here, you would assume that every woman would be fashionable or infact somewhat stylish.

But, i’ve learned to differ, as these things only make women very much lazy when it comes to acquisition of unique attire or style, especially with the ankara trend.  I love ankara, it obviates a love for everything afrocentric, but for some reason women seem to use these beautiful fabrics to do seemingly fashionable pieces, but no stand out pieces.

So if you’re interested in rocking ankara but rocking it with a difference, here’s a few items you should acquire;

CUTE SHORTS:  People have assumed that when it comes to African fabric whatever you use it for has to be something ceremonial i.e. something you can’t really wear on achillout day but more for a wedding or a fabulous event. But true patriotism only comes when you can rock our fabric even in the simplest of manners, even in your everyday life. So why not make a pair of cute shorts which you can pair with blouses, shirts, cardis or what not and rock ’em on your day or even night out with the girls or a luncheon of sorts, or to the beach and so on, and enjoy the fabric to the fullest.

Cute Shorts from ASOS

JUMPSUITS: Jumpsuits are like stylish food for the comfort lovers, so if you are a comfortfreak but also a stylista get your material and create some beautiful jumpsuitswhether they are pantsuits or shortsuits as long as they are in jump mode theyare amazingly different from the norm.

BLAZERS: Who said blazers have to be corporate and absolutely westernized?? So mix oreven totally incorporate your fabric into an amazingly sexy blazer and rock emto the best of the best of events.

NOT JUST ANY DRESS: Dresses are the most common things to create with your fabric and that isabsolutely ok with me but instead of doing the normal empire waist, long dress,try something edgier something different and mix the somewhat westernized stylesor fabrics such as silk, velvet and even leather with the African material.

BAGS: These are my favourites, bags made of kente, damask or even Ankara gotta loveit. Anyone and everyone who has style should have something of the form.

PANTS: was the first to do this to my knowledge and I totally acknowledge em forit, African material skinnies or in some other designers cases fled or maybeeven straight, loves it.

HAREM: Harems haven’t been totally accepted for some reason but I think they are absolutely gorgeous and especially when made in our ethnic material even better,so try to make or even buy em, they are comfort food for the edgy Africanfashion patriot.

ACCESSORIES: Ituen is one of my favourite people to do this and I totally LovesIt, everyAfrican woman should have some African material accessories ranging fromnecklaces to bracelets, to headbands and what not, every African woman shouldhave one or if possibly more of the above.

ASOS and Ituen Basi
Ituen Basi

SHOES: Luckily affordable stores like ASOS have provided shoes draped in beautifulAfrican fabric, which to me is the highest phase of African fashionistaspatriotism. So if you have all of the above and you want something edgier trysewing on some to your shoes or buying them off asos or some other innovative stores.

TEES: This is the cutest of the lot, with seemingly simple tops with beautiful Africandetail, LovesIt. Pair it with a pair of jeans and you’re good to go, being apatriot even in your simplicity. like the tees by aimas in these photos, anigerian label by Tayo sonekan.

BATHING SUITS: Take it to the next level with a funky bathing suit and Africanize your summerexperience.

So with all of these the ankara trend can be taken from the normally simplisticstyle and furthered into a lifestyle, thus why its called the ANKARA INVASION.

adebayo oke-lawal

The OrangeNerd

The OrangeNerd

I'm just a boy with a colourful disposition about life in its entirety, i'm an absolute fashion heretic and so i am involved in the works of industry, from design to styling to writing, as long as it involves fashion i have or might still be meddling in it.


  1. Real nice I was on asos yesterday nd saw most of dis pieces..nice to knw ituen bassi is teamin up wiv asos ny fav online store
    Intresting angle

  2. Totally love this post…I’ve already saved 2pictures of must-makes when I get back 2naija. I can totally rock the shorts, pants really love the bath suits too but errr the bag and footwear’s still a no-go area for me…esp the shoes as they look tacky. I loved the tee too and therz this particular accessory I’d love to get. Dunno if asos or ituen’s got it..its like a heavy neck african-inspired neck wear(or watevs).
    Nwais I’m an ankara person anyday.
    *lovely post*

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