Wild Thang: African Print-Inspired Fashions for Head to Toe
Do you love African-inspired prints and fabrics of all colors and textures? Do you love clothes and accessories? Then why are you still reading what I’m saying! We scoured the Internet for the fiercest African-inspired pieces from all over that have a contemporary look and feel to them, and we hope you’ll be inspired…and open your wallet. Happy shopping!
Need a new birthday outfit? Special occasion around the corner and you want to be dressed to death for it? The ladies of the brand LOUD have a pretty fly selection of clothes and accessories, but this fireball pencil skirt was one of our favorites. With its dark brown leatherette base and red mixed African print panel, pair it with a buttoned-up top like the one seen above and be sure to top it off with bold accessories to ensure a boatload of compliments.
For the leather lovers who are looking for some standout ear candy, these African print and genuine leather earrings by ifenkili on Etsy.com definitely do all of that. You can wear them with a solid colored dress to have all the attention, or just be jazzy as all get out when throwing this on with other eclectic prints. Do it big!
If Janelle Monae has taught us anything, aside from the fact that pompadours are cool as hell, it’s that a sista can wear a bowtie and make it look just as sharp as a man, but with a fierce touch. If you’re someone who likes to step outside the box with your style with some quirky accessories, this Ankara African wax print bowtie from NoahsCrew on Etsy.com is for you. The colors are luscious and I’m sure we can all agree that this bowtie is just adorable.
Made with Kente-inspired fabric, chain and beading, these beautiful earrings by ZZAG of Etsy.com are both fierce and fun. I see them just a-swinging from some brown ears this summer while we rock our dresses and shoulder-baring ensembles. I love the detail, even in the beading, and as you can see, these babies weren’t meant to hide behind the longest of locks. Let them go free and let them hang!
The ultimate statement accessory, the cream and red super snap clutch is the perfect little bag to take with you for really high brow events as well as rendezvous about town with friends and potential boos. The Ankara print fabric is stylish enough, but on the inside, there’s also a chic, bright orange fabric. If you would like to check out more fabulous Ankara prints in this bag type, check that out through ETSY retailer Urbanknit.
Okay, so these sunglasses are not the cheapest of the bunch, but they’re so worth it! Why? Well, the pairing of the Warby Parker label with womenswear label SUNO (who use Kenyan textiles) is just plain ‘ol fabulous, with three bright prints that you can choose from. On top of that, for every pair of glasses Warby Parker sells, the company provides one for someone in need. Awwww! Be funky fresh in the sun, but also help contribute to someone else’s flyness…
Got a Nook, Kindle or iPad and are you looking to take your reading experience back to the motherland? This handmade case from Etsy maker ofwandering is full of character and color (and elephants!). You’re sure to get a lot of second looks on the train on the way home with this baby. And at the low price, it’s definitely a steal!
The OH! CLASSIC-Mother Hen trainers are definitely going to help you make some colorful steps in these streets, and they come in UK sizes (so the sizes will be about one size bigger then they say–8 equals a 9)! They’re 100 percent cotton and even come with a shoe bag so you can separate them from your dangerous stiletto pumps! These shoes will not disappoint loves…Check them out through Ohema Ohene, an online African fashion store.
The button bib necklace is the perfect accessory for a casual day hitting the streets. Throw it on over a plain white or black top or even on a buttoned up shirt and it will provide some pop to any little outfit. It was stitched in Ghana and is made of African cotton fabric covered buttons. For comfort and cuteness, it’s also tied with a satin ribbon. You can find this necklace through the site My Asho. Gotta love the flair with this one!