If you want to move away from dresses and look effortlessly stylish for that special occasion, Ankara skirts and plain blouse or top is your option.
Ankara prints are always in style, and that is why designers and those that set the pace in the fashion world go for it. Ankara skirts, which come in a choice of exotic colours and fabrics, can be designed in numerous ways.
Local designers, who can’t have enough of African prints, are using it to churn out mind-blowing styles. Indeed, there is so much that can be achieved with Ankara fabric.
Creative head/founder, Alabi Couture, Meg Alabi, said anything worn with Ankara is usually very nice.
She said: “It shows the wearer is stylish and not afraid of exploring colours. Ankara is synonymous with vibrant colours. Making Ankara into a skirt is timeless. A well-tailored Ankara pencil skirt can be blended with a blazer, with camisole inside for a formal look. If you want to make it into evening wear, you can stone the Ankara skirt, add a bit of sequins on it and wear with a top that has trimmings to achieve that glam look.
“You can also do Ankara jeans and blend with Ankara. Ankara skirts can be worn to the office, evening outing, red carpet events and religious events, among others. Another way is to wear high waist Ankara full flared skirt and pair it with a crop top to make that evening red carpet event. Ankara skirt is versatile because it can be made into short, long, three quarter, flared, pencil, pleats and other ways depending on what the wearer wants. Whatever it is you want to do, you can’t go wrong in Ankara skirts.
“One of my favourite looks is the Ankara three-quarters skirt and blazer. The interesting thing about Ankara, apart from colours, is the texture, which is not too hard and not too soft. Another interesting thing is that you can actually combine with other fabrics. Ankara is very colourful. So, wearing Ankara skirt with a plain top is nice. If you are the kind of woman that loves to play with colours, you can wear a patterned shirt on the Ankara skirt. If you are wearing a very colourful Ankara skirt, it is advisable to do a single top by pairing with a plain blouse or shirt. Ankara skirts can be worn with stilettos and strappy shoes.”