Ankara Styles #397: Ankara Jackets For The Modern Chic!

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Ankara jackets have topped the list of my “must-have” items. Having an Ankara jacket for me is a way to express versatility in style.  Stepping out hasn’t been this fun without the Ankara jacket to complete the look! Perfect for a mini dress or fitted jeans, step it up with the right accessories like high heels or pumps.

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It’s not about mixing Ankara today but more about the Ankara jackets. There’s so much interesting stuff about the Ankara jacket I see all over social media. Ladies do fancy stuff like mixing different Ankara prints to make a jacket, the oversized jacket like a trench coat is worn with denim or a midi black dress. To get a more classy look, the collars of the jacket should be detailed or the whole fabric should be stoned. It’s a matter of choice how you want your jacket to be. Some are light weight while some are really thick for structure.

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5 Dresses You Must Have In Your Wardrobe

Dresses. Invest in this timeless wardrobe staples, and you‘ll never be at a loss for what to wear whenever the occasion calls for something special. A simple and plain  black dress is a must–have for every woman’s closet. Delightful day dresses to smoking evening attire, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Get the season off to a banging start in one (or five) of the these dresses every lady must have in her wardrobe.

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Every woman needs a little black dress in her closet, a black dress is very versatile and appropriate for almost every occasion all you need to do is wear the appropriate accessories which includes jewellery, handbags, shoes, scarf and sunglasses.

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You need a couple of well-fitting formal dresses for work or any impromptu formal event or occasion. You should have this in various colours but preferably bold colours.

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You must own a statement dress whether it has floral prints or abstract prints or any type of pattern, find a statement dress that works for you and stick to it. Ensure that your choice of dress accentuates your curves and hides all your flaws

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These dresses are very appropriate for work even though your LBD and formal dress might work but this type of dress shows less skin and cleavage and steers clear of overtly wild prints. Note that these dresses can easily be turned into an evening outfit by just switching up your accessories.

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Any of these dresses is very flattering for the body. You can take them from daytime to night time outfits with the right accessories. They also help you cover your flabs especially the shift dress.

My Print Romance…

WHether we like it or not, our outfits introduce us to the world before we even open our mouths or have the opportunity to defend our character. Color, prints and patterns and clothes with pockets make me happy, literally.. lol.. My love for color has been chastised on numerous occasions but I refuse to conform to people’s ideas of how my closet should look. Bold prints and colors are my arsenal to really express myself and even though certain people might see color as a need for attention, I see color as a true medium of self expression followed closely by self confidence.

This is a loving chide to the QUEENS out there, being stylish is not a chore, learn to relax and have fun dressing up. People are always going to keep having opinions about how you should look, act or seem. Ignore those voices and follow your instinct. Don’t be afraid to wear color or bold prints or even try out a different silhouette, you never know, you might be pleasantly surprised.

I am no expert but going full throttle with your imagination in this regard is very invigorating and it also triggers some kind of self confidence and self appreciation.

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My Beauty & The Bricks…

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it… _ Confucius.

This isn’t the way this post was supposed to go however, when I was editing my pictures, I had a lightbulb moment and decided to go with my hunch, hopefully this changes someone’s perspective about certain things. Ever noticed that we always undermine unconventional beauty? It’s either we don’t get it or aren’t patient enough to understand it.

When I did this shoot, I wanted to take a risk and go with a paradoxical background (a background contrary to my look). I was so excited to do this shoot but the feedback I got from people who were privy to the pictures was not encouraging. In their own words, they didn’t see the beauty in any of the shots.

This was an eye opener for me because not only did I realize that the subject of beauty is relative to the individual, I also understood really for the first time that there is no such thing as ugly just beautiful in its own way. lol. I took two risks that day, doing a fashion shoot in a place that wouldn’t be my first choice and wearing articles of clothing that are fashion non-grata for the big boned. I took the plunge and wore big pants with an even bigger jacket. As opposed to the infamous myth of us looking amorphous or hiding something, I felt utterly comfortable and beautiful.

I challenged myself and I am happy with the result …This is my paradoxical shoot… Morale of the lesson: Lets appreciate beauty in everything ,the ugly beautiful or whatever we want to call it. Also, for my plus size Queens, you will never know until you have tried so take that fashion/style plunge today, trust me it would be worth it.

P.S. I like this silhouette so I am going to be keeping it and revamping it whichever way I can. Who says wearing big clothes are a defense mechanism or unflattering…

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Who Wore It Best: The Shopmaju Crop Top Read

Who Wore It Best: The Shopmaju Crop Top

Spotted this cute little boxy crop top from Shopmaju on several Instagram fashion beauties and I particularly like it on these three: Toni Tones, Yeside Claire, and Inidima Okojie. One thing I noticed is how versatile and easy to style this top is. The cut out shoulder gives it an edge ahead everyday crop top.  Either with a skirt, short or long trouser, this little gem has been paired with everything, but I fell in love with this three style. I can’t tell which of the style is my favourite. Which do you prefer? Who do you think wore it better?

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Look 1: I love how this top compliments the little mini skirt

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Look 2: Toni Tones is a singer, song writer and actress that has accumulated several awards over the year.If you are going for a classy and put-together look, this is surely the perfect way to style the top.

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Look 3: Inidima Okojie is a popular actress and host of show: On the real. In this look, the length of the short is very unusual; they are called culottes, but I love how the top blended with short.

Who Wore It Best? Stylepantry VS Skinnyhipster

Who Wore It Best? Stylepantry VS Skinnyhipster

When two top fashion influencer rock same piece, I guess that’s a sign of a trending piece you need in your wardrobe. Both creative and wonderful fashion influencers; Folake Huntoon from stylepantry.com and Nifesimi from skinnyhipster.com style is exceptional and has been recognised by top fashion houses and platforms. Folake and Nifesimi were spotted rocking this baby pink ruched sleeve wrap blouse wrap tops in their recent pictures on Instagram although styled differently.

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Folake casually rocked her top with a pair of Rag and Bone jeans and simple metallic strap heels from Manolo Blahnik.

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Nifesimi went for a more dressy style with her flared Zara black trousers.

Latetest WWIB: The Kenzo-H&M Floral Print Dress

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The collaboration between these two big time fashion brands Kenzo and H&M has been sparking a lot of attention all over social media. The floral print shirt dress is mixed with patterns and fluted at the edge which brings out the class and elegance in the outfit. South African fashion blogger Nomalanga Shozi and Marlo Hampton were spotted wearing the Kenzo x H&M shirt dress. Nomalanga styled hers with a pair of animal print pants and a male inspired bespoke shoe while Marlo was spotted in Florida stylishly matching her outfit with a Fendi bag and Adidas Original sneakers and a matching turban. Who do you think slayed best in the Kenzo x H&M floral dress?

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Who Styled The Fia Factory Red Chevy Jacket Better-Enemaya Lawani Or Ezinne Zinkata?

Talk about audacious, non-conformist or a corporate rebel in fashion is what the Nigerian women’s brand Fia Factory brings to the table. In no time they attracted women who are definitely fashion forward, edgy and experiment their taste in fashion. The red chevy jacket is an eye-catcher, a one sleeve houndstooth jacket with slanted sharp flexures from the other sleeve. Chic or edgy, the red chevy jacket was styled differently by Enemaya Lawani and Ezinne Zinkata. Enemaya went for casual yet chic and sophisticated look by layering the red chevy jacket on a crisp white long sleeve shirt and slim fit denim. She accessorized with her pair of “red bloody shoes” and Gucci bag.

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Fashion entrepreneur Ezinne Zinkata stepped out looking ravishingly beautiful in a black top matched with red tulle skirt and layered the red chevy jacket. She accessorized her outfit with a chic red fascinator, gold clutch and strap heels.

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Who styled the red chevy jacket better? Enemaya or Ezinne? Let’s know in the comment section

Wedding Glam: His & Hers Komole Kandids By Deola Sagoe of House of Deola!

Komole Kandids by Deola Sagoe of House of Deola is classically Nigerian. The collection uses of local Nigerian fabric Aso Oke but executed with modern textile design techniques which took over 12 years to perfect. Inspiration was taken from the mood and romance evoked by royalty and royal weddings through Nigeria evolution

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Modern Nigerian brides, grooms and their family including their parents are big fans of the collection because of its modern and refreshing appeal. It says Nigerian but in a superior way. Prominent people in Nigeria such as Stephanie Coker, Olori Elegushi & others have been spotted in the collection.

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Yvonne Orji Dazzles In Deola Sagoe’s Teintes De Bijoux Iro & Buba Piece!

We love it when our celebrities in diaspora rep not only our culture but our fabrics too! The HBO Insecure actress dazzles in her custom Komole Iro & Buba. The Teintes De Bijoux in copper and cosmic copper as the designer, Deola Sagoe labelled it. Yvonne Orji couldn’t have looked more opulent for her sister’s traditional wedding as she opted for one of the best designers the #madeinnigeria community can boast of. Her “flotus flower bomb” gele is giving us so much vibe because we haven’t seen anything like it! Kudos to the team that got our girl slaying in cosmic copper and her makeup looking all subtle but delicate. We love the intricate details on the pieces of her custom-made dress, the accessories and the overall makeup
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