FASHION FYI: ANKARA OVERLOAD!

Ankara has been tip-toeing its way onto the fashion scene, both nationally and internationally, over the past few years. More recently, the playful west African trend has become a major staple on the runway and has been embraced by some of our fav celebs and fashion pioneers including Elle Varner, Beyonce, Solange, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, our first lady Michelle O, and the Kardashians, to name a few. Ankara is now breaking its way into high street fashion amongst those who are not West African or used  to the colorful fabric, and I must say…This one is definitely a fashion must!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Akara is a West African wax print that comes in beautifully bold, intricate patterns. It was traditionally used to make simple dress designs worn for cultural festivities and weddings—and at one point associated as the cloth of the poor and lower class—but eventually evolved into more modern everyday fashion by young, fresh West African designers.  Now-a-days, high fashion designers (both African and European) are tailoring the loud print into more westernized designs from maxi dresses, shorts, midriffs, fun flirty dresses, pants, blazers, boyfriend jackets, and high fashion pieces, to handbags, swimwear, shoes, snapbacks and jewelry. Ankara is flattering on any shape, shade and size, and the possibilities are limitless when it comes to what can be done with this versatile, fashion favorite! With its bold colorful designs, summertime is the perfect time to explore the Ankara print.

So how does one wear the irresistible trend…? We thought you’d never ask! Check out some of our fav Ankara looks and grab a bit of inspiration on how to incorporate it into your wardrobe this season from our gallery below!

Ankara Swimwear

Ankara Swimwear

Ankara Swimwear

Ankara Swimwear

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Dress

Ankara on The Runway!

Ankara on The Runway!

Ankara on The Runway!

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Dresses

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Ankara Dress

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Street Style

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Pant Suit

Ankara Pant Suit

Ankara Dress

Ankara Dress

Ankara Dresses

Ankara Dresses

Ankara High Street Syle

Ankara High Street Style

Ankara Dresses & Skirts

Ankara Dresses & Skirts

Ankara High Street Style

Ankara High Street Style

Ankara Pants

Ankara Pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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