Ankara 3 things to know before infusing prints into your looks

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Incorporating Ankara or solid prints into any look is not for the faint hearted, it takes a bold and daring fashionista to pull off the look 'untacky'.

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Lisa Folawiyo SS18 prints


Ankara/African/tribal prints can be infused into different looks for a modern take on fashion.

Incorporating Ankara or solid prints into any look (Afrocentric style) is not for the faint hearted, it takes a bold and daring fashionista to pull off the look 'untacky'.

There are ways to not overdose on prints especially if you're slowly edging the standout print piece into your looks so you won't end up looking like a clown (prints can be as unique as they can come off clownish).


Another exciting thing to know about the African/Ankara prints is they have gone far beyond what they were in the past years, they are now done modern in vibrant and chic hues and fabrics.

Apart from the regular cotton fabrics they come in, Ankara/African prints are now transferred on luxe fabrics including silk/crepe de chine, jersey, linen, lace, Lycra and so on.

Mixing prints and patterns for chic everyday look is chic and cool in the present days and you should totally rock.

(Not everyone will be bold enough to do 'Akin Faminu's' effortless and bold take on prints without mastering the art first).

These three pointers help set you up fabulously

1. Start out with print details

If you're not sure about how to rock print, start out with bits as details on your pieces. It could be print buttons, flap, trims on skirts, pants and dresses or even on shoes. Slowly edge in print into your look till you get comfy enough to rock bold print looks.


2. Wear print in a way that suits your personal style preference

Incorporate prints slowly into your looks to suit your personal style, if your style is casual chic find what works around this and then inject the print statement you desire to. If you love modern elegant looks you can infuse prints into the styles that work for you. The trick is to be able to rock it effortlessly like you would your normal looks.


3. Choose prints in fabric that works best for you

To be able to infuse prints seamless into your style, opt for fabrics you work well with. Someone who for instance wants some print statement but loves silk can infuse Lisa Folawiyo or the J-Label prints into their looks.

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