How to wear an ankara skirt – Afrishop

There are gazillion ways to wear an ankara skirt. The African print (other wise known as wax print) is perennially vibrant, beautiful, bold and rich in colour it goes with about anything. I love the abstract geometric patterns – undeniably the level of chicness goes from a 50 to 100 when ankara prints are paired with foreign wears.

It’s versatility has made the likes of Beyoncé, Solange, Fergie and Rihanna rock this prints graciously. One of my best fashion Designers Stella Jean fuses African prints with foreign prints together in a sophisticated way. You should totally check out her design.  She has definitely helped promote African fabrics and culture in the western world.

Ankara prints could be paired with literally anything from cropped tops, to formal shirts, jeans, pants, jacket – practically any other fabric! Years ago ankara was just the basic african fabric, I’d be soo mad when my mum says I needed to sew ‘native’ for an occasion usually I had one foreign dress and one native for Christmas and new year.  I hated it especially because of how shapeless our local tailors sewed them. They had no mercy whatsoever. It was a case of adding insult to injury [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin-2″ wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin” wrap=”i”] [wp-svg-icons icon=”grin-2″ wrap=”i”]. As if it wasn’t enough that I hated the fabric.

But designers and tailors nowadays has completely stepped up their game, they’re now transforming African fabrics into modern chic. Everyone wants to own a piece.  Also, technology has paved a way for designers to sell their pieces globally meaning you need not go to a tailor before you get a piece. There’re a lots of designers that sells ready to wear modernised African outfits through online stores.

My skirt was sent to me by Afrishop – Afrishop is the only online platform for African products, in the middle east.  All Afrishop products are handmade and carefully crafted ranging from African fashion, footwear, arts & crafts and many more treasures sourced from Africa. They offer free shipping service, cash on delivery and free exchange policy.
Awesome right!

Personally I love the prints on the skirt. Who knew pink and brown will go so well. Also, the finishing is perfect.. You don’t have loosed threads dangling around and visible sewing tracks.
So if you’re in the middle east and in need of some African fashion (both male and female) – stop by Afrishop online store.

A few styling tips before I sign out
Remember, keep your ensemble very clean and minimal to avoid any conflict when combining African prints with foreign pieces.
Pick out the one colour that stand out and make that your base.
Fashion has evolved, we see people paring stripes on stripes, prints on prints and so on. You could also try that out with the African fabric but be sure to do it the right way.

Photo Credit: Cherie

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  • cherie
    August 9, 2016

    cheer to this awesome post!

  • Precious Nkeih
    August 9, 2016

    Pairing Ankara with foreign pieces really leads to a lot of chicness. I loooove that skirt and you paired it so well. I loooove the pink sandals. Bold and beautiful woman, you are.

    Our wedding anniversary

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  • Ada Anyagwa
    August 9, 2016

    I sure can relate to the ‘1 foreign ‘ and ‘1 native ‘ wear for Christmas. 😂 I have nvr been a fan of African prints but seeing this on you as well as the beautiful pieces on Afrishop online, my wardrobe is going to be getting a makeover soon 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽. Would try shopping on Afrishop online if it’s not too expensive tho 😬

  • Ada Beauty
    August 9, 2016

    Ankara is so versatile, Love the print! You styled it so well xx

  • Milly Onyaye
    August 9, 2016

    Everything about you is LIFE my dear… Love how toned your body is… so so flattering! That ankara skirt is so cute! How i`m i just getting to know your blog now??

  • Biki
    August 10, 2016

    YaaaSSS Hawney! The print and color combination of this Ankara skirt is fab and I love how you styled it, the purple popping shoes and then the beige and gold bag: all bring out the hues of the skirt. And it fits your figure well, reigning all tha t colour with a black top was a good way to go.Cool that you discovered an African online shop that delivers to you! ( :

  • Meron Dymphana
    August 10, 2016

    You are giving Kim a run for her money, with this big ole booty of yours babe. I also love that many celebrities are graciously embracing Ankara especially Beyonce and Rihanna who are the top of that list. Your writing was amazing and would be a good guide to those who know little about ankara and those that need reminding which is basically everyone. Your advice was gold about not pairing ankara with other European prints because many tend t do that. You look amazing, the combination of the brown and pink shoes the the ankara print is just wow!! Ps, you have legs for days!

  • Sky
    August 10, 2016

    Great styling! and good photography too.
    You’ve inspired me to make use of the many Ankara fabric i have lying around here.. Ankara mini skirts, here i come.


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  • Wendy Adhiambo
    August 10, 2016

    I have been looking for these! I love the fact that they go with everything and I can already see myself in some ankara shorts with denim jacket and some adidas!
    I love how you kept it simple but very elegant! Always doing great job dear

  • Sonia
    August 10, 2016

    Am a bit lost for words by all this amazingness. Am glad I stumble onto your blog. The skirt looks great on you.

  • Cassie Daves
    August 10, 2016

    Hot Cake! I lovveee everything – makeup, skirt, pictures! Everything. You look great!

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  • Nedoux
    August 10, 2016

    Hi Tega,

    You are a gorgeous lady. 🙂

    I agree with you, ankara print has truly gone global, which is great.

    I like the idea of pairing an ankara piece with a garment in another fabric, it gives a modern twist to the outfit. Ah, I have a few left-over yards of ankara that I could put to good use. Lol

  • Biki
    August 11, 2016

    Hey Tega, just a quickie: I saw you followed my Blog this week: Big Thanks! However you are following my old WordPress blog that I don’t post on anymore. My new blog’s Follow button is here:
    Have a lovely day hon ( :

  • TANG
    August 16, 2016

    Hanhan baby girl you is a slayer!!! I’m a lover of Ankara so this is making me smile like crazy & your shoes are gorgeous too!

  • Harish
    September 12, 2016

    that’s very Good and Beautiful…………..

  • You look beautiful in that Ankara. I discovered your blog via another blog and I love your work! Keep up the great work. Sending love from Cameroon!

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