Ankara styles for women are so much in demand these days such that we wander if any fabric can rival it.
For first timers here, Ankara is a textile used mostly by Africans that is designed with a richness of color.
Ankara has different types of fabric wax, we have the Dutch wax and the African wax.
Ankara has been around for centuries and its always evolving as the trends are changing.
Today’s post is going to cover the most trending Ankara styles for women of all shapes and sizes.
Ankara Styles For Women all In Shapes And Sizes
Ankara fabrics are soft and friendly on skin, and also its color prints does have longevity and durability. Gone are the days of Ankara solely sewn into local styles. Now, designers are creating different styles and that speaks volumes of its evolution.
Ankara styles gown has brought its own uniqueness to the fashion world, and it has turned phenomenal and iconic in the fashion world. It has now become a must have fabric for everyone alike.
Ankara prints have now created a niche for itself in the fashion industry. Designers are now creating iconic and elegant Ankara styles for women that can feature on the red carpet event. Notable celebrities in Africa and also in Europe and America are not leftout in rocking the Ankara fabric.
Also, Ankara styles are being created in an eye-catching, gorgeous and exciting way. Some of the Ankara styles for ladies are created for both formal and informal events. These styles for women are also made in pair with Ankara styles for men.
Ankara print styles for ladies has been created into different sections and given different names
For example, maxi gowns are known popularly to give the rich aunty vibe
Peplum blouse top, gown with peplum, gown with A-line. You name it.
All these Ankara design styles mentioned above are created to make spectacular designs.
It is a good thing that the advancement in technology has been a great help for designers to make Ankara stand out in their creation of exquisite designs and collections.
This has been a great contribution to the fashion world and also made the evolution of Ankara set of iconic designs for women possible.
What are your thoughts? Are today’s African fashion designers bringing in the fashion edge? Let us know in the comments section.
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In today’s, blog post, I will be highlighting one Etsy shop owner who is making it big on Etsy with her eccentric Afrocentric clothing online. She designs African print dresses styles that are overly gorgeous.
She is known because of her signature patchwork designs.
Due to her artistic nature, Valerie thought it wise not to pursue the one print dress style trend on the Afrocentric clothing for women’s dress styles on the market and decided to pursue the patch-work print dress styles.
She uses the ever famous patches of colored Ankara print designs to make and design the most breathtaking Afrocentric clothing.
Each design of hers you will see here; is not made from one Ankara print cloth.
They are patches and scraps of Ankara fabric that has been painstakingly and carefully patched together to bring out her lovely pieces.
The African style dressesthat are popping up are all so beautiful and elegant. The vibrant colors of the African prints also known as the Ankara print or kitenge prints produce the most stylish fashion pieces.
Ankara dresses are such bold statement dress pieces. For me, to dress with African print should not be a big hustle. In fact, it’s the easiest when it comes to its styling.
The colors of the print dresses makes it easy to get accessories to match with the style.
Imagine stepping out in an african print dress that has been designed and styled to great perfection. What do you think will happen when you step out in such style?
All eyes will definitely be on you wherever you go. That is the power that the african print wields in fashion.
African dress styles are enough to make you feel good and important in whichever way your wear it
Take a look at african print dresses below.. You will love them!
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African dresses styles are simply breathtaking no matter who or what wears it.
How to style African prints
If you are wondering how to style your African print skirt blouse or dress you do not have to bother anymore.
Due to the kaleidoscope of colours present in all African print fabrics it makes it easier to pair it with the clutch of your choice as accessory or shoes.
African prints can be styled in several ways. If you have an African print blouse you can pair it with a skirt, skinny jeans, baggy jeans, etc.
We are going to look at the Chic ways to style your African print you have bought and has been sitting pretty in your closet for a long time.
How do you style African prints?
There are different styles of African prints which you can go in for.
There is African print blouse Styles, dresses, gowns, shorts, skirts, trousers, jackets, and a whole lot.
Let’s take a look at how you can match any of these african print styles.
How to style African print blouses
There are several possible ways you can style your African print blouse as stated above.
There are different types of African print blouse styles you would normally see online or in African shops. There are African print crop tops, long sleeve shirts, strapless tops, peplum tops, wrap tops, etc.
First let’s take a look at how you can style your African print wrap top with jeans
If you have an African print wrap top like this in your wardrobe, you should or can pair it with a pencil or skinny jeans trousers and with a pair of some stunning block heels or pencil heels.
A form fitting dress made from ankara fits any body size as it should be.
Ankara form fitting dresses are hugely popular in african fashion due to its tendency to exude classiness and elegance. As with any form fitting dress, the best footwear to pair it with is some good ol’ penciled heels or blocked heels.
Hooped earrings also match well with african print bodycon dresses. I recommend these earrings from this etsy shop.
A great online shop that sells exquisite skater dresses is Laviye. Laviye has an excellent collection of form fitting african print dress styles which you can purchase. You can check out their store here.
There are several african print accessories which you can pair with your regular dresses. There are African print necklaces, earrings, bangles, hair pieces, bags,clutch purse etc.
These accessories can be paired with any regular dresses to add a dose of exoticness to your sense of style.
If you want stunning african print accessories, this shop should be your go to shop.
African print dresses are just like any other dress on the market. Everybody and any one can own a style made with African print.
The way you style it is your own choice. For style inspirations, you can visit or follow this page on instagram to get a fair idea on how to style African prints.
More african dresses styles 2019
These african dresses styles 2019 trended and they are still on trend
Where to get african print clothing to buy
You can actually buy African print dresses online. It is up to you to decide where you want to buy your beautiful African dresses from.
Marketing platforms like Etsy, have modern african dresses for sale in the stores.
Some offer custom orders where you can order for handmade fashionable African dresses to add to your wardrobe.
How to wash African print dresses
Although African prints are colorful and vibrant, there is a downside to it and that is the washing aspect.
There is nothing so frustrating than wearing your dress once and after washing it you realize that all the once beautiful colors of the print are all splattered in a mess on the dress.
The sad part is that It becomes totally unwearable. If this has happened to you before, let me know in the comments section and I will give you my deepest condolences. Lol
But, there is a sure and certified way you can prevent this from happening to your African prints. Want to know how? Continue reading.
The best way to wash African prints
FETCH A BUCKET OF WATER
Fetch more than half a bucket of water. If washing more than one African print dresses, wash in a basin filled more than halfway
ADD 3 TABLESPOONS OF SALT
Heap 3 tablespoons of iodine salt and add to the water. If washing more than one African print dress, double the tablespoons of salt
WASH AFRICAN PRINT DRESSES IN THE SALTED WATER
Wash the African print dresses by hand in the salted with only washing soap. Do not add washing powder
RINSE IN SALTED WATER
Rinse the washed African print dresses in clean salted water and wring out the water from the clothes.
DRY IN THE SUN
Dry the washed African print dresses directly in the sun to maintain the colors of the print.
Basically, the process above is the best way to wash your print fabric without spoiling it. I know you hate washing by hand but if you want to keep the colors intact, then you should wash it using the steps above.
The African clothing styles here are ones currently trending.
These are the best and stylish kente styles. They are absolutely show stoppers. Kente cloth dress these days can not be ruled out of African dress styles.
In this post I will be showing current kente styles that are rocking the kente fashion industry.
How is kente made?
Kente is woven on ancient hand looms. They operate the loom with their hands and feet. The needle, which tread the wrap are placed between the toes.
A shuttle passing from the left hand to the right hand in deft movement inserts the weft. Simultaneous with the action comes the Kente loom music, a well known noisy Kro-hin-kro … Kro-hin-kro.
This rhythm made by the reverberating shuttle as they entwine the coloured yarns smoothly over one another to produce the dazzling double – weave strips of cloth, eight feet long by four inches wide. The strips are sewn together to make the required sizes. Source: Bonwire kente
FEATURES OF KENTE
Kente is becoming more and more popular these days especially in the western world. The most popular kente cloth style in the western countries is the kente stole. The word kente originates from the Akan word “kenten” which when translated into English, it means a woven basket.
Kente is a very popular cloth in the western part of Africa especially in Ghana where it originally comes from. Kente dresses and cloth are mostly worn on special occasions to symbolise the rich culture. It would suprise you to know that kente is woven with the intensions and emotions of the weaver.
Thus, every kente has a name. At times kente can be named after popular people who have done great deeds. For instance the former president of America, Barack Obama, has a kente named after him. His kente name sake is Obama kente.
In recent years, the high rise and demand for african print clothing has been quite overwhelming. Gone are the days where the african print used to be limited to africans in africa only.
Not only is the african print taking the fashion scene by storm but its making africans in the diaspora much more aware of their roots and their culture.
Top celebrities like Beyonce, Gwen stefani,Lady Gaga, Rihana ,Alicia Keys have all been seen rocking their african print in robust styles.
I developed a huge love for african print clothings at a very tender age. I remember i used to be so annoyed with already made dresses especially the ones that came with the hat.( Lol)
But, whenever my mom bought an african print fabric I always got thrilled. It meant i was going to get a custom made dress plus i got to choose the style that i wanted (not without heckling with my mom on the style).
There are a lot of different ankara prints in the market that are easy to get. There is the kitenge,dashiki,kente and the tribal prints.
Top designers like Zara have categorized the prints named them as ethnic prints.
In Africa,especially my home country,Ghana,getting an african print to be custom made is not difficult at all. But, getting a custom made print dress can be quite difficult.
That is why I have rounded up the hottest and best african prints dress styles plus where you can buy them from. You can actually contact some of the sellers to make you a dress style you have seen and want.
Because these dresses are custom made,they are a bit pricy but i assure you that you won’t regret getting your self an ankara dress.
My go to store for custom made african print clothing is Etsy. Etsy can be and is a trusted online platform for hand made products.
I am even tempted to call Etsy an african clothing store.lol
You will find modern african print dresses online on Etsy. If you are skeptical about buying african dresses online,then your safe haven is Etsy.
Without further ado, here is the top hottest african clothing styles for this year.
THE TOP AND HOTTEST AFRICAN PRINT CLOTHING STYLES 2019
This is what i call a pure work of art. I just love the way the colors mix together to give the dress its bright look. It is a patch work made m different african print fabrics. The dress is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful african dresses like this is perfect for a casual outting.
…….And who says african dresses can’t be infused with satin?I simply love this piece by afro throne. The detail of the dress is soo on point. Its simply a statement piece. Perfect for all high society gatherings and ceremonies.
The styles of african print dresses are not limited to the prints only . It can be infused with other fabrics and it often makes the style stand out. The polka-dot fabric together with the vibrant colours of ankara print makes it so beautiful.
Need i say more? This piece is simply gorgeous and sophisticated i must say. The colours really came to play. Every detail is so beautiful. Its a perfect for al kinds of dates. It can also work for as an office wear.
I actually call the dress a colour pop because of the different colors featured. The african print is very beautiful. What is interesting about this ankara print design and dress style is that, it is available in the same style but different colors
Fortunately or unfortunately i love african ankara fashion but sadly I’m not a seamstress (atleast not yet) so none of the styles here are mine.
But, If you love african print as i do then you definitely want to know where to buy some. Thank God the internet came. There are a ot of marketing platforms that deals in handmade african clothing. Etsy,grass-fields, truefond and so many others sell these type of African clothings.
You can actually order for a custom made style to suit the child.
HOW TO WASH ANKARA PRINT
.The best and recommended way to wash african print clothing fabric is by hand. Yes! If you want it to last longer, i recommend washing it by hand and with soap and water only
This helps keeps the colours intact. Another trick to help keep the colors intact is by adding salt to the water you are washing the fabric in.
But,if you still insist on washing it in the washing machine,then check out this blog post on how to care for african print clothing fabric by Louisa. Shes got a gold mine of information on african prints.
Ankara summer dress styles are what you want to rock this summer. Trust me there are different styles for every season and summer is definitely not left out. There are various ankara styles you can rock for the summer.
It could be an ankara romper,swim suits,crop tops, wrap tops,bikini and a whole lot of styles. Summer could be irritating when you don’t wear the right clothings. These styles are here to save you from that.
We always see necklines in v shapes or round.Elegance indeed goes with simplicity. The neck line style of the dress makes it quite elegant and exquisite. If this dress is giving you ankara dress style goals, then I tell you, you should go hundred percent for it.
Another patchwork design from the same designer above to fall in love with. Just as the patchwork dress style above, the style features cascading flounce from the neckline and stops at the half length of the dress.
This exquisitely designed patch work maxi dress style is just so divine. It has over 20 different ankara print scraps. These scraps have been beautifully mixed up and sewn to make this gorgeous flowing maxi dress.
Am I doing too many patchwork styles? Let’s face it patch work dresses are beautiful. It brings the fun out of the dress. Your maxi dress shouldn’t be boring at all and this dress is just the right color work dress for you.
African print maxi dresses are not used to being busy like this style. The assymetric neck line which accentuates the neck plus the straps for tying around the arm, makes the style stand out like no other.
This is a two set african print maxi dress style. The blouse is a no sleeve with a twisted piece of the fabric that goes round the cleavage area. This piece is both sexy and alluring. Perfect for that red carpet occassions.
Where my plus sizes at? Holla up in the comments section below. This dress was made with a plus size woman in mind. Maxi dress styles for plus size ladies shouldn’t be voluminous as it makes the plus size woman more voluptuous. This style works perfectly for all plus sizes.
Nubian tribal wax prints are the newest trends in wax print patterns and you should by now know why it is so. They absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The choice of print for this maxi skirt style adds to the beauty of the skirt.
The best ankara dress styles are absolutely top notch.African fashion with its ankara styles and lace styles popularly known as as “asoebi” are here to stay. They are definitely not going to burnout any time soon. The african print comes in different styles.There is the dashiki styles, kitenge styles,kente styles,kampala styles and the tribal print styles.
It is so much trending that,it is gaining fame in the western world at a great speed. You will find the best of the best ankara dress styles here.
These styles are the latest ankara styles for ladies and the dresses can be worn on special occasions.
As an african purely born and raised in Ghana ,plus coming from a tribe (I’m an Ashanti ) that boasts of a rich culture,African prints appreciation has been deeply instilled in me.
As a child, I always got excited anytime my mom bought me a new African print. It meant I was going to get a new dress to show off. I must say that,the beautiful ankara designs greatly intrigued me.
Check out breathtaking more Asoebi styles like these here
I mostly wore ankara print dresses to church. Dressing up in a new ankara dress style to church was a big deal at that time. I used to tease my mom that she only went to church to take note of new styles for herself and us(lol). Because, she would approach any one who had an eye catching ankara dress on.
She will first compliment them and then ask for the details of the seamstress who had it sewn for the person (lol). Trust my mom when it comes to the best ankara dress styles.
Those days were absolute fun.
DIFFERENT AFRICAN PRINT STYLES AND HOW TO STYLE .
My go to styles were and still is are: ankara short dresses and ankara skirt and blouse. The shoes and accessories for any ankara print were are simply endless because of the different colours in the print.
Black shoes and accessories were my best choices. Ankara gowns and long dresses were definitely a no go area for me (lol).
Looking for classy African print tops like these? See 20+ styles here
Do you have a cloth unsewn? Are you out of styles?
Just go to an african church on a sunday and you would get loads of styles to choose from. Thank me later
More ankara dress styles
There are alot of dress styles you can choose to make with your african print.
The fact that the Ankara print has no limit in whipping up styles is enough for me. I’m sure you will love these compilation of latest ankara dresses
I am practically possessed and obsessed with ankara. In other words , my love for Ankara knows no bound. And it is practically because of that I have decided to start learning how to sew. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! I have been playing around with the idea of going in to sewing ankara prints on my own for a long time. But,as the big procrastinator I am, I keep on putting it on hold.
Ankara prints can be turned into any form of high fashion style any one wants these days.As an aspiring tailor,my dream is to sew exotic styles for my self and my future clients (wish me luck).
The bold colours of the ankara print used for these elegant ankara dresses are beautiful. It really leaves no room for it to have a dull moment. Ankara, definitely stands out amongst all the other forms of clothing materials.
Its richness in color and texture makes it therefore,suitable for all dress types. These latest ankara styles 2019 will blow you out of your mind
WHERE TO GET ANKARA DRESSES TO BUY
Ankara prints comes in different colourful prints. There is the dashiki, kente, tribal prints etc. In my country, black,red and brown ankara prints are mostly for funerals. At times there are prints in these colours I really I want to purchase and sew. But, the questions people are going to ask me when I put it on puts me off.
Finding ankara dresses which are already made is not difficult at all. Thanks to social media and various fast shipping methods. You can be in the comfort of your home and order an ankara dress and wait for at least seven (7) to fourteen (14) working days to receive your order. Ain’t that simple?
If you want to buy any anKara dress for yourself ,I suggest you check out Louisa’s blog. She has and knows the best online african clothing shops. Sorry to say she’s not a seamstress nor a designer. Just a blogger with a sense of great ankara fashion.
Some of these unique ankara styles can actually be requested for and be made. You just have to show the shop owner the dress you want replicated.
Always check reviews from customers who actually bought real stuff from the shop before buying anything.
Check out my previous blog posts on African fashion down below