I'm starting a mini-series called "The #TBT Outift." In which I will post pictures of some of my favorite past outfit pairings in celebration of Thursdays because that means it's almost the weekend! Now without further ado, my post.
I love Ankara!! Ankara fashion has become a part of my style identity. In recent years I became more aware of the traditional Nigerian clothes me and my family wear for special occasions and it's become an alternate outlet from everyday-wear, for me.
If you didn't already guess, I am Nigerian, specifically Igbo. In my culture, making clothes is common as is in other cultures of the world. But what makes the African fashion, in particular, so unique is that it's a great incorporation of tradition and modern style. The ankara fabric used to make traditional wear and modern ankara-wear is not the everyday material used in making basic shirts and pants. Because it's not as common as say shirt cotton, it is usually made by a tailor.
I get really lucky because my mother gets sent fabric from Nigeria and I usually get to pick out my favorite patterns and design my own clothes to go with the fabric. Being able to design and see your creation come to life is a very cool feeling.
I chose this pattern (seen on me below) because it reminded me so much of the tropical rain forest and H&M because the tropical vibe is one of their main themes for the Summer. It's a very nice color and it compliments the weather well. I was actually surprised that I was so drawn to this fabric because I don't wear much yellow but the other designs on it balance it out. My design was inspired from a ruffled off the shoulder ankara top I spotted on instagram and the mermaid tail bottom is my go-to-style for gowns because it has a nice shape and flow when worn.
I wore this outfit not to long ago for a birthday celebration I attended and performed in. I did mention in an earlier post that I dance. I'm a part of an African dance group based in California. This is a before and after shot of my outfit.
As you can see (above) I started off elegant with my hair pulled back and accessorized with my favorite gold necklace.
....And then after the performance (below), I look tired, my hair came out of its up-do, and I switched out my necklace with this simple but cute purple ankara clutch.
I had a great time and a lot of people complimented me on my outfit so I felt fabulous. I will most likely wear this dress again but with different accessories.
Till next time!
Hello, my name is Nicole. This is a collection of some of my favorite things, DIYs, food, and mostly Fashion. You should see how messy my closet is. I truly have a clothing obsession and collections of random craft supplies in the corner. Don't forget to leave your unproductive biases and criticisms at the door. Come embrace the Black Girl Magic. Welcome to my closet!