June 1, 2018 - Fashion & Style Tips

How to Wear your African Print Dress

Kitenge customer proudly wearing her new yellow African print dress at Africa Oye Festival in Liverpool, UK

Like all African print clothing, African print dresses are extremely versatile as they can easily be dressed up or down. We believe that African dresses can be worn to any occasion, with just some changes in your footwear and accessories. Read on to find out our tips!

Six Simple Style Tips for African Print Dresses

1) African print fashion dresses can easily be worn barelegged, with tights or leggings. It all depends on the weather, the type of occasion you are wearing it to and how comfortable you feel.


Women's yellow African print flare dress customer wearing Africa Oye Festival in Liverpool UK


Women's dark blue African print dress fit and flare style worn by customer at Boardmasters Festival UK


Kitenge customers proudly wearing their African print flare dresses with and without leggings or tights

2) The best way to look smart in your African print dress is to wear either heels or smart flats such as pumps. If you prefer a casual look then simply wear flip-flops or a pair of sandals to match.


Tania Rahman Founder of Chit Chaat Chai an Indian street food restaurant in London wearing a Kitenge African print dress to a social enterprise awards ceremony


These bright blue, suede heels go perfectly with this kitenge pencil dress and really stand out!


A Kitenge customer modelling her brand new African beaded leather sandals handmade in Tanzania inside our stall at LarmerTree Festival


A Kitenge customer modelling her handmade African beaded leather sandals at LarmerTree Festival UK


African beaded sandals look great with any outfit!

3) If you decide to go bolder by wearing an African dress then you should definitely go all out in the jewellery department too! We recommend wearing chunky, statement African beaded jewellery including earrings, necklaces and bracelets to compliment the colours of your chosen print.


Kitenge customer wearing her African print dress fit and flare style with bold statement earrings


A Kitenge customer wearing bold statement earrings with her African print dress


Black Womens African Beaded Necklace


Kitenge’s Black African Beaded Twist Necklace 

4) Don’t forget to accessorise with a vibrant clutch or shoulder bag that stands out against the African print fabric. The type of bag depends on the occasion and should also match your shoe colour if possible.


Model wearing a Kitenge African print dress holding a small black clutch bag during a fashion show at Africa on The Square in Trafalgar Square London


A model wearing a Kitenge African print skirt with a matching African beaded handbag handmade in Tanzania on the catwalk at Africa on The Square in Trafalgar Square London


Kitenge models holding an African beaded clutch bag and shoulder bag 

5) Why not wear a matching African print hairband, hair clip or headwrap for a full African inspired look?


Kitenge Store founder Sian wearing teal African print dress fit and flare style at Looe Music Festival on the beach in Cornwall UK


Kitenge’s founder, Sian, wearing an African print hairband to match her ankara flare dress

6) And finally, if you plan to wear your African dress to a wedding or social event you may like to wrap a plain coloured shawl around your shoulders that compliments the main print colour in case it cools down in the evening.

Where to Buy African Dresses

We hope you have found these styling tips useful. Do not be scared to go all out with your accessories. The bolder the better! We would love to see how you have styled your kitenge dress. Please do keep in touch by sending us your photos or tagging us on social media @KitengeStore.

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