9 times Beyonce borrowed some style inspiration from Africa (Photos)

Happy birthday to the queen

The Queen Bey herself was born on the 4th of September and as she turns 37 today, we will celebrate her by having a look at some of the times she borrowed some style inspiration from Africa by rocking African prints. It's great to see African prints, ranging from fabrics such as Leso, Ankara, Kitenge, Kente and even Dashiki evolve from just a print worn during special occasions and in some parts of Africa to receiving world-wide love and recognition by fashion designers and fashion aficionados. We have seen African prints on some of the top celebrities and fashion icons such as Michelle Obama and Rihanna and one thing for sure is that while this print may be somewhat cliche and fall in the 'overdone' category, it will always be perennial.

There's never going to be a time when African print will not be IN. Why you may ask? Well, the print not only comes in a plethora of designs and colors to choose from but also has limitless ways of styling. You can wear it as a casual look say by breaking a matching African print attire and styling it as separates to even a formal setup where you can wear an Ankara pencil skirt with a plain shirt and heels. Indeed, there are many ways to wear Ankara with a modern twist but for now, ladies, lets get into formation and celebrate the Beysus by checking out instances when she absolutely rocked African print.

1. Dashiki is always a great idea right?

2. We love how gorgeous she looked in this wax print Ankara dress.

3. She totally killed it in this Ankara shift dress with a drop waist.

4. Matching short shorts and a top? Yes please.

Peep how she went for matching eye makeup and a turban?

5. We love how she combined different prints in this look of a wrap blouse and side slit skirt and an Ankara baseball cap.

6. How to wear prints without looking too busy 101.

7. We are so here for this belted Ankara jacket look paired with a pencil skirt.

8. Another dope prints on prints look.

9. So pretty in this Ankara playsuit look.


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