Kente cloth and other African fabrics have a rich history that dates back over three centuries. Today, these prints have taken on a new form in street style.
Each summer, the number of women clad in African prints grows as boutique designers flourish in the social media space. @Iwear_African has gained over 160,ooo followers by just celebrating African style and beauty from reposting user-generated content. And Folake Huntoon of Style Pantry, a 40-year old mother of three, has achieved success online (more than 500,000 Instagram followers!) by showcasing her own unique style that is a mix of her Nigerian origins. Moreover, African prints continue to seep into the mainstream fashion market thanks to selling platforms such as Etsy, WhatsApp and independent Instagram boutiques like Loft324 that enable international sellers to reach a wider customer base. Here are a few ways African prints can redefine your summer style:
The Right Appropriation of Prints
Set the trend by mixing African prints with go-t0 staples in your wardrobe. A wrap a wide leather bustier belt around an oversize dashiki tunic to make the formless garment flattering.
Wear a bright pair of heels with a kente dress.
Choose the wide-legged pants at your local African boutique or local festival.
These types of high-waisted palazzo pants work well with crop tops. They also work well for curvy body types.
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For the minimalists, get risky with your layers.
Is it white that makes your heart beat? Try wearing a printed blazer or a duster sweater with a white top and pants.
Dripping in Prints
Dare to go even deeper with your personal style by mixing prints on top of prints. Not only is this for the fearless fashion lovers, it’s how the African prints are truly supposed to be worn. The more prints, the better.
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