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Rock Those African Prints

African prints have been a traditional code of dress for Africans in the past  but they are breaking into the mainstream and making a huge fashion impact these days.  Once used as a uniform of culture and as a medal of being well travelled but now these prints are available to all from the high street to designer labels. 

As we approach the colder months of the year it is important to look at trends that will take you right through winter and into the spring. African and Tribal prints are making a huge style statement this season and it is worth investing in versatile pieces that can be worn in the winter or the summer.  Brighten up those dreary months with a splash of colour using the beautiful array of prints on offer. 
There are so many different styles, prints and textures available that everyone can find something to fit in with their current wardrobe, budget and lifestyle.  Whether you go for the newer versions available in digital printed fabrics or if you go for something more traditional using Dutch wax printed methods, Kanga prints or Batik.
African prints have been seen recently on many celebrities including Rihanna and Beyonce and have even been used by Gwen Stefani for her clothing label L.A.M.B, Asos Africa collection and previously in a Dries Van Noten collection.   
Even if you are a shrinking violet, prints can work for you. The look does not have to be a head to toe look and can be featured very simply on handbags, scarves and jewellery.  Add an ethnic inspired twist to any outfit by wrapping your head with some beautiful Kente cloth and pick out the colours from the pattern with layered bangles or a beaded necklace.  
With so many on trend items available with printed additions or fully printed styles, this look can be worked for daytime and evening looks. Work your prints with some simple denim and pumps for a daytime fashion look or dress your prints up with some sparkle and colour pop shoes for a party look. If you are simply out for dinner, layer your prints over a neutral dress and heels.  The possibilities are endless and will keep you looking chic from  Fashionista to African Queen. 
Do invest in a printed two piece that can be worn as separates.
Don't be afraid to experiment with colour and textures. 
Do mix your printed pieces with black or another neutral colour to tone down the print like a crisp white shirt or classic black trousers. 
Don't be afraid to mix clashing prints and colours for a chic stand out look.
Do mix your prints with modern, simple accessories and let the prints speak for themselves. 
Do work with colours to brighten up an outfit.  
Do use African printed accessories to add a twist to a plainer outfit. 
Do experiment with toned down, darker or monochrome prints if you are not brave enough to work bright coloured prints. 

Photographer - Aubrey Fagon
Makeup - Joy Adenuga assisted by Ronke akande
Hairstylist - Kasia Fortuna
Models - meryl @ lenis model and Marsho
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