Incorporate African Prints

06/01/2018 Mercy

How to Incorporate African Prints into Your Everyday Outfit

From floral and animal ones, to stripes and polka dots – everyone knows that prints play a huge role in the fashion industry these days. But what about ethnic prints, like traditional African ones? Even though incorporating these into your everyday outfits seems like an impossible mission, it doesn’t have to be like that at all. Here are five useful tips on how to make it happen, so check them out!

Think fusion, not national costume

The first and the most important rule when it comes to introducing African prints into your everyday outfits is not to go overboard with them. This means that you should think of fusion rather than opting for a head-to-toe African outfit. Basically, the key to success is merging together two different styles, bearing in mind that none of them should be dominant. These should complement each other without stealing the show, which is actually the key to a successful fusion. No matter which piece and print you choose, just be sure to effortlessly match it with some neutral items, because that’s the best way to nail your outfit!

Headscarves are an absolute must

Photo credit: hannah grace

If you’re familiar with African culture in any way, you surely know that headscarves play a huge role in ladies’ outfits. These will allow you to play around with different styles and patterns in a completely authentic way, which can bring a huge improvement in your overall look and personal style. Even though these are an obligatory part of many African national costumes, the fact is that beautiful headscarves contribute to a trendy look you can pull off on a daily basis. A fashionable hooded scarf that can both keep you warm during winter and upgrade your everyday outfit is an absolute must, so be sure you get it as soon as possible.

African jewellery on point

Jewellery fans will be absolutely smitten with statement pieces inspired by Africa, and the truth is that such pieces come in a wide range of forms that feature the most intricate patterns and delicate designs. From beautiful wrist cuffs and beaded bangles, to stunning earrings, necklaces, and chunky rings – any of these will flawlessly complement even the most casual outfit, making it truly unique and worth your attention. Of course, you can also match these statement pieces with African inspired dresses for the ultimate African vibe – just make sure not to overdo it, so that you don’t look like you wanted to pull off a full-on national costume.

Trendy bikini that features an interesting print for the ultimate beach look

Photo credit Isi Akahome

On the other hand, if you want to come up with a fabulous beach look that features an amazing African print, you should definitely opt for trendy swimwear with your favourite printed kaftan. Prints will never go out of style, which is exactly why you should incorporate them into your everyday outfits – even those appropriate for the beach. Apart from your kaftan, you can always throw on a stylish printed maxi dress and slip into your favourite knee-high leather gladiators. Don’t forget an interesting hat or even a headscarf, and you’ll nail your beach outfit like a true fashionista!

You mustn’t miss gorgeous dresses that feature African prints

Gorgeous dresses inspired by Africa are another must-have in any fashion-forward girl’s wardrobe. It doesn’t really matter what style you prefer, as long as it perfectly fits your body shape and your personal style. From knee-length dresses, like Ankara midi dress, to stunning maxi dresses that are true representatives of African culture – you can pick literally any you like and make it work in your day-to-day outfits. Just remember that the key to success lies in fusion, which means that you should tone down the rest of your outfit once you pick a printed dress. A cute monochromatic bag and a pair of shoes that follow the same design will do the trick, as well as a nice cardigan to keep you warm and cosy.

As you can see, incorporating African prints into your everyday outfits really is a piece of cake. Just make sure you stick to our tips and you’ll make it happen like a true pro!

About the Author: Peter is a beauty & fashion editor at HighStyleLife magazine from UK, living between UK and AU. Beside writing he worked as a fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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Comments (10)

  1. Shubhada Bhide

    You look gorgeous in your photos and your Headscarves are totally an absolute must. and your trendy swimwear looks fashionable. I love it.

  2. Elizabeth O

    Your headscarves looks perfect for fashion and style, and you look beautiful on it. This trendy swimwear looks so stylish too. and I totally agree with you, that prints will never go out of style, which is exactly why you should incorporate them into your everyday outfits – even those appropriate for the beach.

    • Mercy
      Mercy

      Thanks Elizabeth, plus i think sometimes it just fun to try something new

    • Mercy
      Mercy

      Hi Monique,
      Thank you, sure you can get a maxi, they are timeless

  3. Really lovely prints. To me, sometimes printed items can make or break the outfit. These work really well.

  4. I’m always afraid to try on African prints although I really like them as I was worried I can’t carry them off well! But looking at the examples you gave, I think I will want to attempt and try them next time!

    • Mercy
      Mercy

      Hi Tiffany, you can start with more of neutral prints and try small pieces like camisole to find your comfort zone 🙂

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