I always warn people that if you’re not careful with African prints, trying to add too many print designs together can easily look chaotic. However, with the right balance, you can party like a stylish African rockstar and set trends doing it!
With varieties like “ankara”, “kente”, or “dutch wax” and the trendy “Dashiki” which can effortlessly fit into your closet and make a good match for your fabulous outfits anytime of the year. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to African outfits. However, this is when good styling comes into play, as it can go south if you’re not careful.
This week’s Coke Studio Africa, Episode 2 illustrated the technique of how to make African prints look modern. From Sauti Sol members to producer GospelOnDeBeatz, African prints were made modern and trendy!
Here is a quick guide if you want to truly rock an African print look like this episodes talented musical artists:
- 1. Add a Neutral Solid Colour – Wearing a bold African inspired print doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Find a simple tank or blouse and add a neutral bottom like a black skirt for a cool night out or white shorts for a casual day look. If you’re not comfortable with so much print near your face, try a printed short or skirt and wear the neutral top.
- 2. Be Bold and Mix Prints – If you’re not afraid of prints and patterns, try mixing a modern print with your African inspired one.
Check out the looks below for some inspiration for your next modern African print look.
Above: @GospelOnDeBeatz wearing all white T-shirt and Jeans paired with an African Print Jacket
Above: Sauti Sol Member @itsmefancyfingers – complimenting African print pants with a vibrant solid red long trench