13 other stylish ways to wear your Dashiki shirt

Dashiki for the win

The word dashiki, originates from a Yoruba word, Danshiki which means a loosely fitting pullover that was worn by West African men during the hot seasons. The Dashiki has become Africa’s pride with many people paying homage to their roots by wearing the iconic print.

The Dashiki continues to evolve, having been embraced by both men and women. Now, you can have the Dashiki fabric tailor made into any garment, be it a coat, dress or skirt; whatever floats your boat. Still, the most common form of the Dashiki remains the Dashiki shirt that literally, everyone and their mother has.

They come in many colors, but the design is constant. They’re worn by everyone - men, women, the older generation as well as the youngins. It’s perhaps the one clothing item that could be as overrated as hell yet timeless and forever enduring. In short, I’m trying to say that the Dashiki will never go out of style. It’s one of Africa’s gift to the world.

I got to admit though, when I’m walking around and see people wearing the Dashiki shirt, I always think to myself “people can definitely be more creative in wearing these shirts”. Seriously, Kenyans wear the shirt the same old boring way, by pairing it with jeans and flats, zilch dash of creativity.

In this article, we will school you on other ways you can wear your Dashiki shirt to effortlessly merge style and comfort.

1. Tucked under a stylish pencil skirt.

2. As a cropped top.

Dashiki shirts are not cheap though so only cut it if you have more than one or perhaps yours has grown old.

3. Anyone feeling the grunge look?

This would be perfect for a day or night concert.

4. Belt it up, wear it with nude stockings and heels for a polite evening with bae.

5. Go glam by pairing it with statement shoes such as thigh high lace up boots for a night out.

6. Style your dashiki with a stylish pair of jeans and heels.

7. You could also wear it over a short skirt, and complete the look with comfortable heels.

8. Layer it up on a cold day by wearing a long sleeved top underneath.

Pair it with flared bottoms as opposed to skinny jeans. Experiment!

9. You could also layer it with a long sleeved shirt then belt it up!

10. Throw over a blazer for dress down Fridays at work.

11. Wear it with nothing if it's long enough, as a shift dress.

Go for comfortable shoes such as sneakers or booties.

12. Add an expected twist to the same look by throwing over a kimono for a weekend look.

13. If all else fails, go the super casual way, by styling it with skinny jeans, trendy sandals and a cute tote or sling bag for weekend errands.

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