Accessories are the finishing touches that can transform an outfit. Depending on the occasion and desired look, they can either be subtle to blend in with your outfit or be the main focal point to stand out in a crowd. With accessories, your outfit has more character, glam and style. They are essential to any look!
Due to the colourful and bold nature of African accessories, they are extremely versatile and stylish to wear. Whether it be for work or for an evening out wining and dining, African accessories can be styled with whatever outfit you choose.
African accessories look particularly stylish when worn with plain-coloured outfits as this way they can stand out and make a greater impact. Equally, African style accessories also look great when worn with African print clothing for an all-out look!
With so many different African wax print fabric designs to choose from you are bound to find the right colour and pattern to go perfectly with your outfit, as well as to match and highlight your unique personality.
From stylish face masks to headwraps and hair scrunchies, African accessories come in a range of forms to enliven any outfit of choice, whether you’re looking to add colour to a plain outfit or match the African prints on other clothing items.
The following versatile accessory style ideas can be worn for every occasion and will always be in fashion, no matter the season.
In light of COVID-19 face masks are essential, why not opt for a more stylish and colourful way to protect your health and safety? They will be sure to get you compliments, boost your mood and make you and others around you feel instantly safe and happier.
Kitenge’s African print fabric face marks modelled by happy customers
African print fabric face masks look best when worn with a plain coloured outfit that compliments the colours in the print. This allows the accessory to stand out and be the main focal point of the outfit without looking too complicated, fussy or busy.
On the other hand, you may prefer to wear an African-style face mask to match your African wax print clothing, perfect for a day in the office, a formal dinner date or even a socially distanced wedding. For example, you could easily wear African print dresses with a face mask to match paired with plain coloured heels and a clutch bag!
Kitenge’s Fit ‘n’ Flare Ankara Dress
African style headwraps add a splash of colour to any outfit and are a great way to brighten up your style. Similar to face masks, they can be worn with plain-coloured clothing to make your outfit look more unique and interesting.Shop African Headwraps
You could pair an African print pencil skirt with a plain coloured shirt, or blouse, tucked inside the waistband. Finish the look with a stylish headwrap that matches the African print on the skirt.
A Kitenge African print pencil skirt modelled by a happy customer
Headscarves can be tied in so many different ways and can also be worn as a neck scarf. You can purchase headwraps in a variety of different sizes. Some headwraps cover just the sides of your head and others cover your whole head, great for bad hair days and when you’re limited on time!
You can have lots of fun experimenting with different headwrap styles. Discover tutorials and demonstrations on social media platforms including Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Watch the video demonstration below for inspiration to help get you started and keep exploring and practising until you’ve found your favourite go-to styles!
Wearing an African print hair scrunchie is a more simplistic way of adding some colour to your outfit especially if you find the headwraps too daunting to try. There are many popular hairstyles you can create with hair scrunchies such as the high-top bun look or a simple ponytail with either all your hair up or half up and half down. You can also experiment with plaiting your hair to add more texture, detail and interest to your look.
Hair scrunchies are a comfortable and fashionable way to tie your hair up quickly without having to look neat and tidy. If you prefer a messy and looser hairstyle then scrunchies are the perfect accessory for you! They can also add decoration to your wrist if you prefer to wear your hair down before putting it up later on in the day.
Hair scrunchies look stylish when worn with colourful African shirts or African print trousers in the same or different ankara fabric. You can also wear them with plain-coloured clothing to avoid pattern clashing.
Kitenge Women’s Pink/Orange Shirt (left) and Brown Trousers (right)
Browse Kitenge’s unique collection of modern afrocentric clothing and vibrant accessories including fashionable headwraps, which come in two different sizes, and sustainable hair scrunchies (coming soon) to add something extra to your everyday looks!
Kitenge’s unique collection of African print fabric headwraps
All Kitenge’s accessories, ready-to-wear and made to measure garments, are lovingly handmade by our talented team of tailors in Tanzania, East Africa. Kitenge’s social mission is to empower Tanzanian tailors to improve their livelihoods one colourful garment and accessory at a time.
Since Kitenge started trading in 2014, its highly skilled tailors have been able to purchase new sewing machines, hire and train new staff, which reduces local unemployment, and open (and build) larger workshops to increase their productivity.
Kitenge’s Master Tailor, Abdallah, working at his new workshop in 2016
What’s more, all their raw materials from the African-produced original fabric to the swing tickets and sewing thread are locally sourced in Tanzania supporting small businesses, communities and the economy. After clothing production, nothing is wasted as all fabric offcuts are recycled to make fabulous accessories.
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