Look like a celebrity: look like a celebrity: When it comes to the African fashion industry, there’s room for everyone to be dynamic and creative. This has made African wear widely accepted across the shores of Africa, with celebrities and fashion enthusiasts proudly repping their African fabrics.
Look like a celebrity
Traditional African clothing gives shape and personality to the people wearing it. Although African dresses and clothes have been in vogue for years, the creative reinvention of African fabric for designing modern and contemporary African styles makes them more appealing now.
You can now use African fabrics like your satin lace, voile lace, linen, brocade, adire, Ankara, and aso-oke in the form of wrap dresses, bandage dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, dashiki, etc. Ankara is considered the most popular fabric by Africans because its texture is such that it can be made into any design that you wish.
Talking about celebrities’ patronage of traditional African wear, there have been very positive turnouts by African celebrities and celebrities across other continents, like Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys, who have succumbed to the charms of traditional African outfits.
Today, African fabrics take their roots in traditional dress and are worn by millions of people for (but not limited to) ceremonial occasions.
This makes for a vibrant and colorful scene wherever you go in Africa. The beauty of African dresses is that they are unique kinds of dress as some may not be affordable by the common people. So whoever can possess one may be considered to be influential.
Thus, you will be treated with high regard. Below are 5 African wears that will make you mistaken for an extravagant celebrity, especially when corroborated with designer headbands, necklaces, bracelets, wristlets, armbands, anklets, and exotic perfumed skin:
An Agbada is the Nigerian (Yoruba) version of a boubou. This is a long, loose-fitting, usually embroidered gown having wide sleeves and a hole in the center for the head to slide through and is worn especially by Yoruba males. It was worn over a long-sleeved tunic (Buba) and long tie-up trousers (Sokoto) and accompanied by a special type of cap (Fila) that matches the attire.
All 3 clothing items are usually the same color or a color that can be matched. Lately, modern African men have embraced the look but swopped the fabric for something lighter, and it is worn over a short (sometimes long) sleeved Buba. The agbada comes in shorter lengths and widths, and the pants are usually fitted, giving a very neat and stylish effect. Wearing a stylish fitted agbada to any social gathering will immediately create an impression that you’re famous and influential.
In modern times both men and women wear kaftans that can either be a simple one-garment robe plus a hat or a 3 piece ensemble completed with a hat and a scarf to make a very impressive outfit. Kaftans are popular with both sexes in Central and Western Africa, where they are called boubou’s for men and m’boubous for women. A Kanzu is a long (usually white) kaftan with long sleeves worn by Swahili men.
3) ASO OKE (ASO-OFI)
Oke means ‘top’ or ‘first class. Aso oke simply refers to cloth of prestige, and it comes in three main types: Alaari, Sanyan, and Etu. Alaari is the red one; Sanyan is usually brown or light brown, and Etu is the dark blue aso oke dress.
The threads of cotton, polyester, rayon, silk, lurex, and acrylic are all merged on narrow strip looms into long, thin, shimmering pieces of fabric. They are sewn to create the full cloth, and even more, artistic expression can take place in the sewing and the embellishment, mainly embroidery on the bodice and sleeve ends. Aso-ofi is the scarcest amongst all of the traditional wears in Nigeria. Celebrities commonly wear them in the African movie industry.
Ankara is a vibrant material with rich, colorful patterns. Traditional fabric makers have made Ankara the most popular fabric because of its texture, which can be made into any design, whether old or new.
Their designs are a form of expression pronouncing everything from popular culture to political and religious beliefs. In recent years. Its application has gone beyond just a wrap to being used as a base for handbags, shoes, and other clothing. With Ankara, you can look like a celebrity depending on how much you get creative with your style and accessories.
5) DASHIKI AND MADIBA SHIRTS
These shirts can be formal or informal, depending on the style of the garment and the inscriptions it contains. A Dashiki is a loose-fitting pull-over shirt, long or short-sleeved, with an ornate embroidered V-shaped collar that is uni-sex and comes in many lengths, colors, and forms.
Nelson Mandela made the Madiba shirt his signature dress, and while this shirt also has its roots in Indonesian wax resist fabric, it has since been adopted as an African garment. Wearing these shirts comes with an elegance that will make you look very influential.