Ankara Skirts: Tips How to Wear them Stylishly

Ankara skirts are hard to miss. By now, you’ve probably seen the bold Ankara skirts brightening up the fashion world. And apart from being a great statement piece, they’re also incredibly versatile and something you can wear to work or weddings.

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If you’re looking for some style inspiration, look no further. We’ve got 15 easy ways to style Ankara skirts right here.

A Brief Background of the Ankara Skirts

Ankara skirts have quite an international history. Originally, they were made for the Indonesian market, but they blew up in West Africa, where they’ve become a wardrobe staple for the continent’s fashionistas.

Even though they feature bold, African prints, they work equally well around the world. You’ll see stylish ladies wearing them throughout the United States and Europe, too.

Do you want in? Here’s how you can jump on this iconic bandwagon.

1. Long Sleeve Tee

Because Ankara skirts are quite bold and daring, one of the best ways to wear them well is to pair them with a solid color tee. If you’re wearing a long, maxi Ankara skirt, a long sleeve black tee or white tee is a safe bet.

You can choose from different necklines like boatneck, V-neck or crew neck, depending on the length and waistline of your skirt.

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2. Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee

For summer days and evenings, a basic crew neck tee, like this J. Crew Mercantile t-shirt, creates a balanced look: simple on top and lots of attention on your fabulous Ankara skirt.

Of course, you can wear boatneck or V-neck tees, too, it just depends on the shape of your skirt.

3. Crop Top

If you’re wearing a high waisted maxi skirt, a crop top is a winning combination. Your top can be white, black or even match with your skirt. The most important thing is that it draws attention to the narrowest point on your torso before everyone goes Gaga for the beautiful prints on your Ankara.

4. Contrast

One of the key features of Ankara skirts is that the prints themselves are high contrast and visually engaging. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, pump it up a notch by wearing an equally contrasting top.

A sunburst orange tee like this Simlu’s keyhole top looks amazing when the Ankara print is primarily azure blue. If your skirt has lots of deep, vibrant greens, wear a fire engine red top to create a big, wow factor.

5. Denim

Wearing a denim or Chambray top is an almost foolproof way to style your Ankara skirt, regardless of the print design. Fashionistas prove again and again that wearing a classic denim button-up is a casual, effortless solution.

6. Graphic Tee

Whether you have a cool graphic tee in grey, cream, white or black, chunky letters can really hold their own alongside a strong design. Or, to play up the West African vibe, pair your skirt with a French-inspired top like this j’adore tee?

7. Belt and Blouse

If you’d like to look a little more professional with your Ankara skirt, dress it up with a crisp white blouse and a brown or black leather belt. It’s an office-appropriate look that embraces a little joie di vivre, too.

8. Front Knots and Off-the-Shoulder Tops

Create a cool, hip look by tying your tee in the front or to the side. It’s a great way to wear a crop top, even if you don’t have one. Off shoulder tops are playful and sexy and make for a great date night outfit.

9. Blazer

Who said you had to wear solid colors in the office? Wearing an Ankara skirt is a fun way to keep your 9 to 5 job from getting too serious. And don’t worry, you can balance even a wild print with a sensible and smart blazer.

10. Pencil Skirt

While we’re on the subject of office attire, consider switching from the traditional black and blue pencil skirts to something a bit more avant-garde. You can always dress it up with a tucked in blouse, or a professional blazer.

11. Matching Tops & Bottoms

Depending on your complexion and the print design, you might be able to get away with a playful crop top and skirt in the same pattern. It’s a fun ensemble that you can wear on vacation, to a summer party, or just for a night out with your favorite girlfriends.

12. Mix & Match Prints

Are you the kind of girl who writes her own fashion rules? If so, go the next step and coordinate Ankara printed skirts with a different Ankara printed top. Not only will you look great, but you’ll inspire others to be more experimental, too.

13. Biker Chic Meets West Africa

If you like to keep your wardrobe a little alternative and edgy, pair your Ankara skirt with leather Chelsea boots, a leather jacket, and even some fishnet stockings.

14. Bold Jewelry Pieces

Before you choose the perfect necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for your Ankara outfit, make sure you’re wearing a simple and basic top, like a solid colored tee shirt or blouse. That way, your accessories will stand out without getting lost in the strong design of your top and skirt.

15. Let’s Talk About Shoes

When it comes to footwear, you can be super casual or go formal. It’s all up to you. For example, a maxi skirt with flat sandals is instant summer. Going out on a date? Try wedges or stilettos, especially if your Ankara skirt is knee length. You can also pair your skirt with converse sneakers or leather biker boots if you enjoy a more alternative vibe.

Another great fashion tip when it comes to shoes is to pick a secondary color in your Ankara skirt. You can make that color pop by wearing matching heels. You won’t be able to stop checking yourself out in the mirror!

Ankara skirts are a girl’s best friend. You can dress them up or down. You can wear flats or heels. And no matter what your traditional style, there’s always room for this bold statement skirt in your closet.

Latest Ankara Styles In Vogue For Ladies/Women-10+ Pictures

It’s no longer a secret that Nigerian women like bright colours and standard fashion solutions. Therefore, the review of the latest  Ankara styles in vogue for women attracts increased attention every season. Here are some latest Ankara styles for women with taste…

Fashion switches with the season but the style is influenced by how factors like moral upbringing, religion, association with others, weather, etc. have affected you. No wonder Yves Saint Laurent said “fashion fades, style is eternal”

Jill Chivers says “fashion distracts, style connects”. The reason why fashion icons are who they are today is because of how they have created their own style from fashion and the funny thing is not all fashion designers are fashion icons but anybody can be a fashion icon. We love the versatility of Ankara styles.

Ankara styles are universal… We invite you to consider the latest trends in Ankara and fashion industry, choose a style and slay.

100 LATEST ANKARA STYLES EN-VOGUE FOR FABULOUS AND SMART LADIES.

When it comes to Ankara fabrics, there is certainly no limit to what designers can do with these beautiful fabrics and the beauty of this fabric is that it seem to suit any style of fashion.

We love the versatility of Ankara fabrics.

Check out this latest Ankara styles in vogue and find out the right style for you.

7 Ways You Can Make Your Nails Beautiful

Having beautiful nails doesn’t stop you from being a lady who carries out the basic chores and work that requires the use of the hands. I am not a fan of the idleness. But, if I was to be in the position where I wasn’t constantly carrying, typing, cleaning, holding, fixing or using my hands to do the things it was actually made forthen what would stop my nails from being short of amazing.

Having beautiful fingernails or toenails require no special dietary supplements, expensive topical treatments or total withdrawal from carrying out manual labor. All that is needed from you is to follow simple rules carefully,  live by them and watch as your nails grow long and health.

Stop Picking

This particular tip is the number one rule you must learn to follow to the bitter end unless the chances of you getting those beautiful nails is zero to nothing. I would write this over and over again if I am chanced. Do not pick, chew,  bite, peel or carry out any other destructive fussing operation on your nails. Don’t! Importantly, don’t pick or peel polish.

Before you pick those nails again, know that you are removing an essential component from those nails. In the nail plate, the top most layer consists of cells which act as lubricants and which keep the nail strong. When the polish comes off in sheets,  those important layer of cells comes off as well.

Leave Your Cuticles Alone

Your cuticles are very important and should not, under any circumstance  be cut. Why?  Cut cuticles have the ability to leave you at a high risk for bacterial and fungal infections. It is even worse when they are pushed back before a manicure as this can lead to serious damage.

When you don’t know the function of a particular thing, that thing tends to be abused. The role of the cuticle is a very vital one. The cuticle serves as a bridge to join that space between the skin and the nail plate. This in turn produces a waterproof barrier that protects the nail from germs and infections.

The reason as to why the cuticles can be cut or pushed is because a short cuticle usually makes the nail look longer than it actually is.

Wear Polish

Did you know that a nail that has polish on is safer than a nail that doesn’t? Here’s why:

  1. With polish on, the nail is sealed against unwanted damages.
  2. The nail is protected such that it can comfortably grow and repair itself in peace. There are no interferences from external bodies.
  3. Who picks nails with polish? Just think about it. With that beautiful shade of pink or even black on those nails, it would be hard for you to pick, bite or peel your nails.

Some people may not like the idea of having crazy colors on their nails but that is cool. There is also a regular coat of white polish and that works as much as the others.

Take it Easy on Polish Remover

Some of the popular nail polish removers contain acetone and/or formaldehyde as a major component. This component has an ability of sapping or removing moisture from the nails. Moisture in the nails is very important and essential because without it, the nails are prone to being dried out,  brittle and can cause damages such as splitting, peeling or cracking.  After a day or two, if you notice that your nail polish is wearing out or chipping away, other than starting the whole process of cleaning the nail polish entirely and putting another one,  simply touch up the manicure with more polish.

It is healthier to limit your use of nail polishes remover to once a week and make use of polish remover that are acetone free to be even gentler.

Moisturize

Just like your hair needs moisture, your nails which are surprisingly made up of the same material-keratin also requires moisture. Moisture is required and very necessary on the journey to having perfect, beautiful nails so always make sure that your hands are treated to a rich,  emollient lotion on a regular basis. You should always bear this in mind and practice it daily especially after removing polish, working with cleaning products like detergents and soaps or getting your hands wet.

File Right

When it comes to filing,  there are two basic rules you must bear in mind.

  1. You must never file your nails in a back-forth motion.

Some nail technicians however might actually file your nails in a back-forth motion. This is an exception for them because they make use of professional-grade files and they are trained specially such that they know the appropriate amount of pressure that must be applied. While at home, it is safer and advisable to pick a particular direction and then file in long, broad strokes as this will avoid unwanted problems such as the nail splitting.

  1. Ensure that the nails are totally dry before carrying out the filing operation.

One might ponder as to why this is necessary but it is now a known fact that wet nails are more vulnerable to damage than dry nails.

Be Gentle

Be well informed that your nails are made of alpha-keratin and not titanium or steel. You should take caution not to use those nails to carry out tasks that can easily be done with the use of tools. There is no room for comparison between your precious nails and pliers, wedges, scrapers or even hammers. Don’t try to open up soda cans, remove batteries, or pry off duct tape using those nails instead make use of the tools.

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THE ORIGIN OF ANKARA FABRICS

African fabrics and prints are worn with pleasure and it is every woman’s pride to be wearing an African print at an occasion. Many of us don’t know the history of African cloth, the significance of the colours and the prints. African fabrics have bright colours, idiosyncratic designs and patterns that are hand-made which give us a sense of a rich cultural meaning. But is there more to know about African fabrics and why it is significant?

Traditionally, African cloths were worn for special occasions such as family reunions, weddings, and events. These fabrics would not be worn for any particular significance or importance. African fabric forms part of a cultural identity and an emblem of cultural heritage. Actually, in Africa, there are a variety of fabrics from different groups of people.

This might come as a shock to you, but the origin of Ankara isn’t wholly African. We have adopted the prints into our culture, but the fabric did not originate from Africa. I know it’s disappointing, but before you go around acknowledging the spread and acceptance of Ankara, you should be fully aware of its origin.

African fabric is known by many names such as Dutch wax print, Real English wax, Veritable Java Print and many more. This fabric has become the epitome of our ‘Africanness’ but it has a diverse and complex history. The issue of the popularity of the fabric in Africa is debated. What is certain is that the fabric started off as an imitation of the Indonesian batik locally produced in Java. Through colonization by the Europeans and Dutch, the Fabric spread through several continents.  After being colonized by the Dutch, the Javanese Batik was introduced to Holland and other part of Europe but it did not gain popularity. This triggered textile industrialization as the Van Vlissingers established a company in 1894 which mass produced these fabrics in Europe. They are now known as today’s Vlisco brand.

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There are various views on how the fabric entered the African market. Some are of the opinion that Dutch freighters on their ways to Indonesia from Europe dropped these textiles at different African ports. Regardless of how the Dutch print entered into Africa, it is here to stay. It found a more enthusiastic market in the Gold Coast (Ghana) and from there spread to other parts of West Africa.

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With a new target base in Africa, Dutch textile industries made some changes to the motif designs to better suit the African market. Although this took more time and effort, we can see that it was worth it. The market grew even bigger. From mid-20th century, motifs of local leaders were manufactured so that people could buy in order to celebrate their leaders (so if you think your church material started today, think again). This continued as in the 1950s African head of States and Political leaders were used as design motifs. This integration into the African society has made them authentically African.

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Until the 1960s, most wax sold in Africa were made in Europe. After colonization, things changed. Ghana had several high print wax manufacturing companies, including Woodin- a subsidiary of Holland’s Vlisco; and ATL a subsidiary of Manchester-based ABC textiles. Africa is yet to own a textile manufacturing company with no links to our European counterparts.

The question of authenticity is yet to be answered. Can Ankara be called African? Well, they cannot be compared to our Adire or Aso-Oke (that is left for weddings and special occasions). One thing is for sure. If we don’t promote our own fabrics, they will ultimately fizzle out of existence. This doesn’t mean we are expected to kick Dutch wax out of our continent, we have to just put our locally made fabric on the same playing field.

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