Sunday, December 25, 2011

Heat Up Passion With Winter Dresses


African fashion is going great guns these days. What with new, flamboyant designs and classic styles? There is something for everyone. Winter is round the corner and so now it is the time to take stock of what is in your wardrobe, what is not. If you haven’t bought any African winter dresses then you are seriously missing something. You cannot even say your wardrobe is complete. With world wide recognition and public approval for their styles, African winter dresses have become a part of everyone’s wardrobe. So if you still haven’t gotten a dress, then it is time you shopped for one.

When you are thinking of buying winter dresses you can easily shop for them online. www.afrawear.com is a good place to start shopping for some stunning winter dresses. You will surely fall in love with the styles they have there. Their collection is absolute and ultimate. All the designs have been created with you in mind, so you can never go wrong with a choice. All you have to do is get your measurements right. The details of each dress will be given alongside each dress, so by checking that you will know whether it will suit you or not.

These trendy winter dresses are quite easy to wear and they will keep you warm. You will be pretty comfortable in these winter dresses that you will enjoy wearing all other African fabrics too. The enchanting blend of traditional designs with modern cuts will certainly keep you breathless. Most of the winter dresses are dyed by hand and that makes it all the more special. The warm coats, hats, coats and scarves – you can have quite a collection in winter dresses. There are winter dresses for everyone in the family. Kids will look absolutely adorable in these cute winter dresses. They will love it too because unlike other fabrics, African dresses are not uncomfortable. Some designers use bamboo to make clothing; it will keep you cool during summer days and warm during winter. You can also wear some silk clothes during winter. It will keep you warm, light, soft and feel extremely good to the body. And it’s quite affordable too. These dresses will make you feel really special when you are wearing it to a party. You will surely make several heads turn. Clothing made with African fashion will pump confidence into you. It doesn’t even matter if you are a bit heavy or plump looking. You will find just the right kind.
Monday, December 19, 2011

An African Touch In Women’s dresses


The world is still getting into grips with African fashion and many native designers are coming forward with interesting and awesome designs that promote their culture and country. You can buy a few women’s dresses and make yourself dazzling during each party. These women’s dresses are really going to earn you some cat calls and compliments from male admirers.

People plan on different themes to make their wedding memorable. You could go for an African theme. There are special outfits that will suit the style of both men and women. You can go for that traditional look in the women's dresses section. They have some great selections in the men’s style too. Enough to make you heady with joy. The prices for women’s dresses are just right too; you are paying a small amount for what could turn out to be the bride’s attire for the year.

Here are a couple of women’s dresses that you might try out – This traditional print sundress has a beautiful blend of both contemporary African style and the antique style. To view the dress in its full glory visit http://www.afrawear.com . It is crafted intelligently and made with you in mind. So don’t let it pass.

Have a look at the elegantly crafted three piece dress that will make several heads turn. When you wear it to your next party you will surely mark your entrance. Visit it at http://www.afrawear.com

There are other dresses, like the kaftan and it will make you look absolutely stunning. These free flowing kaftans are simply the best in women’s dresses because they make you look absolutely ravishing and feminine. Kaftans are highly popular in the women’s dresses section. A kaftan will be particularly comfortable if you are living in a hot country. The printed kaftans in the women’s dresses are made of 35% rayon and 65% cotton. Each of the women’s dresses are designed in such a way that they will bring out the best in your figure. If you are a bit on the heavy side, these dresses will hide them. The free flowing kaftans will make you look unique because they are all intricately designed and manufactured.

The Africans make use of natural products in their clothes dyes for women’s dresses. Hence they are good for the skin. Here are the some of common fabrics used for women’s dresses -  African brocade fabric, mudcloth, George fabric and African Cuban cloth.

Worrying of your plus size? Solution simplified

If you are plus size, you very well know that finding on-trend work dress can be a struggle. But here comes the good news, due to the African demand of plus size dresses, the fashion lovers and style have now been taken care of, for all women.


Generally, in Africa, fashion stores and shops will consider women above size 16 as a plus size. Every woman is different in her own ways; from height to curving of various parts, there has never, and will never be a clothing item that will suit all women.

The way your clothes fits you is very important. The brand director of Ann Harvey said that one should look for clothes that shapes and contours ones body. She added that avoiding oversized tunics and smocks which will swamp you is necessary.

Every African woman should aim to dress for her shape and not size, and ensure that they go for quality fabrics that will ensure that you are confident and comfortable. Never be afraid to embrace trends and try to be picky about how well the plus size dresses are. Evans, head of designs put it that the key is in fit of the garment, with the fabric being more fluid and flattering as well, with some alterations being made on structured garments. If you have broad hips, go for such details on the retail fashion shops, such as wide lapels and then choose narrow shape on bottom half. For the sake of rounder tummies, go for the tailored pieces. To give you more shape, look for lower necklines.

Choice depends on you - Plus Size Dresses

Verdict conducted a recent survey which showed that plus size clothing is mostly determined by those wearing, under influence of family and friends. Looking for well known fashion shops will increased your chances of getting help on how to shop and wear plus size dresses for best fashion and comfort.
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kofia, Bargashia, Fez: Three African Hats, Three Symbols of African Fashion

Yesterday, I went to this vintage store in the outskirt of Johannesburg and I saw these beautifully-crafted designs of a common African hat which are frequently seen among royalties, wedding ceremonies, costume parties or big festivals in Africa. These are called Kofia, a cylindrical small embroidered cap and mostly worn in countries who generally speak Swahili. This Kofia are worn and  dressed up with an African traditional costume called Kanzu, a white-coloured long robe or also known a as a tunic. In some parts of Africa, it is worn as a traditional costume especially in countries such as Tanzania, Comoros and in some towns of Kenya. In other countries, dressing up with kanzu is not necessary. Informal wear are usually worn with a kofia mostly  people inUganda. To get the best and well-designed kofia, you might want to try to visit in the East African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda which has special designs and special holes for air to go in and out of the cap. Designs such purple leaves, solid black stripes, minimalist structures, sartorial lines, etc. are nicely made to suit the need and taste of the user. 

Bargashia is the most common hat in Northern Uganda. Mostly this is used in countries such as Zanzibar, which are also partnered also with kanzu. The difference with kofia is that when it is dressed up, it doesn’t have holes on top of the hat.

In Northern Africa, fez is very popular. People of different ages wear this—from the youngest to the oldest. I have observed that unlike the kanzu and bargashia, fez has a unique tassel, just like a toga hat. The usage of fez was recorded way back when the Great Britain colonized this part of Africa which was worn by the King’s African Rifles, group of British people to symbolize their high status in the society. Fez hats are coloured red but some few hats are black. 


As what I have observed, Africa has a rich culture of different traditions compiled from the long decades of colonisations of different countries around the world. Such long history has been brought down until today with a colourful and festive way of living. The tradition and heritage has been passed and the result is a rich fashion sensibilities. These African hats are symbols of all of the hardships and sufferings Africa has received and with the new millennium, the concept of Africa has gradually changed into a more positive perspective in the international community.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dashiki and Kaftan - The traditional west african attire

Dashiki is one of traditional african men’s outfit which has become a trend as african attire. The dashiki was initially patented as a traditional west african men’s wear but nowadays, not only african men wear the dashiki. If you are not familiar with dashiki,here are some pictures which can ease you to figure them out.


Dashiki is a colorful fabric with an embroidered V shaped collar and the embroidered sleeves which is available for formal and informal designs. African men usually combine the dashiki with a kufi or African cap and a sokoto which is known as the drawstring pants while the informal dashiki design has a traditional print either on the sleeves and V neck.
Then, for the african women’s attire,there is an outwear called kaftan. Kaftan is a loose flowing colorful dress for african women. It is also embroidered on the neck and sleeves. Most Kaftans are made of cotton, silk, lace with colorful prints and brocade. You can also find some Kaftans with beads, amulets, and mirrors to make them more beautiful. Tauregs of Africa has introduced the new tie- kaftan design which signifying fertility.



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Traditional West African Attire


Dashiki is one of traditional african men’s outfit which has become a trend as african attire. The dashiki was initially patented as a traditional west african men’s wear but nowadays, not only african men wear the dashiki. If you are not familiar with dashiki,here are some pictures which can ease you to figure them out.

Dashiki is a colorful fabric with an embroidered V shaped collar and the embroidered sleeves which is available for formal and informal designs. Then, for the african women’s attire,there is an outwear called kaftan. Kaftan is a loose flowing colorful dress for african women. It is also embroidered on the neck and sleeves. Most Kaftans are made of cotton, silk, lace with colorful prints and brocade. You can also find some Kaftans with beads, amulets, and mirrors to make them more beautiful. Tauregs of Africa has introduced the new tie- kaftan design which signifying fertility.

African men usually combine the dashiki with a kufi or African cap and a sokoto which is known as the drawstring pants while the informal dashiki design has a traditional print either on the sleeves and V neck.
Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Brides in Africa Keeps the Original Culture of African Wedding Attire

It would be endless to talk about the African's culture, especially for the clothing. Now, we will talk about the African bridal attire for women and men. Although there are many changes in bridal attires for women and men, the African people still keep their original style of  the wedding attire.

Women's Attire
Like the common brides, the African women wear the expensive and elegant clothes for their wedding day. The West African people usually hold a big wedding ceremony in their environment. For the attire, they usually wear a traditional african blouse, an iro ( a long wrap which looks like skirt) and also a gelee (head wrap).
The gelee which is worn by woman can be very large and intricate. The wrapper is made from embroidered fabrics.
Men's Attire
The African men wear a fila which can be called as kufi (a round box hat), sokoto, and a dashiki or boubou (a long robe) for their wedding ceremony. There is also a tradition that the men should wear their fathers' dashiki or their grandfathers' boubou. Both of the clothes are made from embroidered fabrics.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fashion Show in Ghana - One Week Event

Maybe the fashion show in Ghana which is held approximately one week event is a common event for the African fashion lovers. This fashion event allows the fashion designers, brands or houses to show their latest collection and ideas of African fashion. People can take a look or get inspirated with the latest fashion trends presented by the designers. Most importantly, for some industry can know what is "in" and what is "out" of the fashion season. 

Many teenagers, women , and men can get the latest fashion trends as they're the fashion trends followers. The most reputable fashion show as one week events are held in the four fashion capitals around the world. They are Milan, Paris, New York City, and London.

We already have the arise magazine fashion week such as Africa Fashion Week in London and Africa Fashion Week in New York. The great progress of African Fashion is that African people have started to encourage themselves to be a host of their own Fashion week that is held in most every part of Africa though there were only a few parts of Africa which held the Africa fashion week; Swahili, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana fashion week.

Amazingly, there would be some great designers : Coccolily, Christie Brown , etc on the next year that I do believe will bring so much colors on the Fashion Industry in Africa especially in Ghana.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What is African Black Soap?


I personally wonder about the African black soap. I initially think that the African black soap is black, and I was so curious to know,and tried to get the information of African black soap. After doing some research, I get the answer about what the African black soap is.
Well, the African black soap was made in West Africa of the first production. The African black soap usually called as Anago soap or Alata soap. For many years ago, people who live in Ghana have used this Alata soap to get the oily skin and also relieve the acne. People in Ghana believe if they use this black soap, their skin will be more beautiful. They also use this soap for bathing and washing their hair.
The African black soap is not a scented soap like what we usually find in the supermarket. We can say the African black soap is a part of African’s culture. This soap is traditionally made from some natural ingredients such as leaves from banana trees, bark of trees, cocoa pods, and the other natural ingredients.
You may find the different color on each kind of African black soap, it is because the different ingredients which are used to make this black soap. The benefits of this African black soap are that it can be used on body, hand, face, it will help you relieve the acne, and also relieve the irritations. If you are interested in using this traditional soap,you can purchase it easily.

Festival for African Fashion and Arts’ Background


Sometimes, people do not really care about the conservation of different cultures. The African fashion initially was ignored for its existence. The African fashion actually can be the other inspiration to create a fresh and new fashion design. Recently, many international designers get inspirited with the African clothing to deliver their creative ideas for women and men.
One of annual event which is held in Africa is the Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA). This event accommodates the creative designers and also models who are interested in African clothing. Not only fashion but also the African music and arts can be performed as well. The Festival for African Fashion and Arts is held in Nairobi, Kenya. The FAFA aims to empower the Africans and bring positive energy in the fields of fashion, music and arts.
In Festival for African Fashion and Arts, both of the Africans and the international designers can get the strong initiatives on social and environmental impact. This Festival for African fashion and Arts can also build a brave of African people to show up their ability and make them proud of their original cultures.
The Festival for African Fashion and Arts’ motivation is to show the creativity and the solidarity of Africans and the other people around the world in the face of adversity. But most people who join this annual event are the Africans.
African fashion needs to be kept as a part of world’s cultures. Therefore, there should be the other place for Africans to show their imagination and creativity of their fashion.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Old African Clothing

Africa is a large continent with several countries. It is not surprising if there are a lot of ways of clothing in each area.  This page covers a lot of time of African fashion style from the stone age to themiddle ages. You can see the differences of African clothing by the time. People who live in Africa have started wearing clothes around 180.000 years ago. African people probably started because there was an ice age that time. First clothing of Africans was made from animal skins, fur or leather as their shawl and loinclothes.
After thousands of years, people in Africa began to make lighter, less sweaty kinds of clothes. Perhaps the first kind of cloth that Africans made was pounded bark fibers. The African peel the bark of some trees and pound them with a stone until they get the soft fibers and the hard part breaks off. Those small pieces of cloth can be pounded or sewn together . In Central Africa especially in Uganda, people usually used the bark of fig trees. People also pounded cloth from raffia palm.
Peopl in Africa dyed the bark cloth to create the trends of patterns. The most famous and important dye was indigo, which is the dye we may see today to make a blue jeans . African usually wore tie dyeing to make patterns on their cloth. In some areas in Africa, women did the fabric work, and the other areas, men did most of fabric work. By 200 BC, some of African people started wearing clothes instead of pounding them because there were so many people now that was not enough bark for everyone. Although there were just a few people started to wear clothes, but soon, a lot of North African people made the clothes as an experts and professionals.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Different Look of African Clothing


People usually look and give their assessment to the African clothes as common fashion. Actually people need to know if the African fashion is full of cultural importance which not realized by people. Have you ever seen the cloth that African clothes are made of?  The fabric which generally used in African clothes is brightly colored and also made from wearable art. Start from the patterns and the colors vary from some regions with the different way on spinning the thread and  weaving the fabric.
Well, let’s move the main subject we want to talk, it is the African Clothing. There are many kinds of fabrics which are used to make traditional African clothing. They usually include Aso oke fabric or Adire fabric both of them are made from Yaruba. Aso oke is the fabric and the Adire means a tie dye process which is used to make a patterns on cloth with wave. There are some other typesof African textiles such as Kente cloth that is made by Akan ethnic group, Barkcloth, Kanga, Mudcloth, and Kitenge.
The African clothes or dresses are usually loose fitting and very comfortable. Every region has their own outfit. In some areas on Afric, a long dress may be worn by women and also men. You might think if that’s an extraordinary way ofclothing, but that is what African wear for their fashion. Tha various kinds of clothing were influenced by the cultures from other countries which surround the area where a piece of clothing comes from.
If you want to dress up yourself with the African fashion, you can purchase the item freely. Maybe the flowing shirt, a pair of pants which are combined with the robe and a hat will be your choices to change your fashion style.
Friday, August 5, 2011

The Traditional African Fashion


We have to admit after seeing the reality that many designers around the world have been influenced by the existence of African fashion. As we can see the African fashion has its own uniqueness. But have you ever thought , what traditional afican fashion looks like? Nahh.. Let’s discuss about this .

African Fashion for Men
The traditional African fashion for men usually rich in texture and filled with rich needlework. The traditional African fashion for men , there are typically 3 or 4 piece of outfits which including the traditional hat, long sleeved shirt, pants and a traditional Agbada (bubu) which can be worn over the shirt. All of the pieces have heavy matching needlework. The outfit is typically worn for special event such as marriage, anniversary, etc.

African Fashion for women                                 
The African fashion for women tends to be different from each region. Kaftans, blouse and pants or skirts, dashiki, etc are the common wears of African women. For the special events, afican women usually choose the embroidered African clothes. The casual African clothes tends to be light such as cotton and may be tie- dyed. African women usually likes to wear vary vibrant colors and prints dress for their fashion.
For women and women , the color of their fashion ranges from light, subtle colors to loud and bright colors.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Prodigious Tribal Fashion Show

The African Fashion Show is a catchy topic to talk about in this great time. Well you might be a little surprised if you see the picture . What do you think? Unique? Yes, absolutely that’s the uniqueness of African people.

The African fashion show has catched many people to see it. With colorful make up of yellow, whites and reds, some additional accessories such as flamboyant accessories and the unusual decorations have become another magnetism. You would be forgiven if you think that the designs of some pictures originated in the fevered mind of some fashionista.
This African Fashion show was inspired by the wild trees, flowers and nature of the Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, and Mursi areas.
You can see the next picture. It’s an extraordinary thing, using the root and leaves as the accessories combined with the strong make up. There is alsoa necklace of banana leaves around a neck. The African Tribes realize that Mother Nature has provided them with flowers, trees and nature as their wardrobe.
Although the origins of this baffling tradition have been lost for several years, the Surma and Mursi spent much of their life time embroil in tribal warfare. More than fifteen tribes have lived in this region and many of them use zebra skins for their leggings, snail shells for necklaces and also cllays to stick their designs to their heads. They like to paint their bodies and make a bold decision of their outfits. As they proud of being a part of their tribes.
I literally appreciate the African Fashion Show. From there we can see , no matter what your colors just be different and brave with your original tribes.. 
Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whatever you look, dress well means a harmony of your body and your style


Most women have their own desire about their appearance, so do the African women. You have the same opinion,right? Usually, look slimmer is one of women’s dreams. According to many fashion designs which have been made by the expert designer, African women should try some kinds of new dress to make them wonderful. If you look more slender, wearing the same colour from head to toe will make you look slimmer. African women has applied that method to beautify their appearance.
Most African women have big sized body, and need to wear the right colour choice which will make them slimmer. The dark colour, usually become the alternative. But, no one will blame African women if they want to wear the light one. Their skin colour will give another aesthetic aspect. If you already have a strong silhouette, you do not need to worry about what collour should be and should not be applied on your body and wearing clothes to your size will make you more gorgeous with your body silhouette. Avoid too large dress/cloth size, dare clothing near the body, but remember, not the tight one. The best thing to dress up your body is to choose the right size for your body.
Sexy does not mean wearing a tight cloth or even too much exposure your body, the right definition of sexy is wearing the best cloth for you, makes you feel comfortable and makes you feel more confident. Sounds simple but means a lot for your beauty :)
Friday, July 29, 2011

Natural Beauty of African Women


Well .. Women may think if “beauty” can be seen from beautiful face, thin shaped body, light skin, flawless appearance or even false eye lashes thouh nothing wrong with their eyes (That’s commonly happen among us). What if we judge that opinion to African women? If all of us agree with those statements, does it mean that none of African women is beautiful? I firmly say NO. I personally think that African beauty appears from their.. I do not know how to describe it. It just like when you see someone who is impressive but you can not even say any words to explain it clearly why he or she is wonderful. That’s what the aesthetic side as the wonderful Masterpiece.

Look at the picture .

She’s one of African models. She’s beautiful, right? You can see from her luscious full lips (which become a plus for African models) and the appeal of beauty from African women is their different colour shades black. You will realize if everybody has various perception of Africans beauty. You will also find if there is no malnourished models in Africa since it’s very rare. Africans are proud of their exotic skin. The African concept of beauty is accepted worldwide and we can see many famous brands are challenged to create advanced fashion designs which can grab many pairs of eyes out there.
In the past, models in Africa used to complained if the size of the dresses were too small for African models’ body. We have to appreciate that Africans can show us their pride of their own beauty and they have proven if they’re ready to compete with any professional models around the world. All of us need to be proud of our colour and our skin rich.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On fashion, beauty, and anything in between

And I woke up this morning with my head reeling off with a lot of wonderful things to write about – a sure sign that I am finally getting back to the cyber world after a long and tedious hibernation.  I have suddenly felt a sudden vigor to be back on my tracks with a surprising urge towards productivity that had been dormant for these past few days.  Yes I am back to blogging about my favorite topics: fashion, beauty, and anything in between.

We are all indeed blessed with the potential to be amazing.  I used to believe that success only comes for those who labor and I was dubious about the fact that victories can happen to be painless.  Yes you can find success on fashion, beauty, and anything in between if you believe in yourself, and that doesn’t have to hurt.  Okay, I acknowledge that I’m sounding a bit too eccentric.  But do you know that the promise of beauty or the sense of fashion fuels a desire to appreciate human nature even better?  With that conscious state of mind, anything from a simple mix and match to power dressing can bring out the success in you.

There will be continuous ramblings on fashion adventure and misadventures as well as beauty experiments and successes. The many great things about being a woman are a nook on its own and it is great to be one.   With the many choices and hurdles that we face, decisions toughen us for the long haul ahead.  The feeling of contentment doesn’t have to be complicated.  Simple thoughts and simple things, they can totally be amazing when coupled with the right mix of inspiration.

And this is why, something as trivial as a thought of a blog, matters.  It can transform into a myriad of other thoughts altogether – like inspirations on what to wear the next day, keeping up with the latest fashion trend, finding options to look even more beautiful and feeling good about it.  Thoughts on fashion and beauty is endless… the journey continues… and it would be fun if you join me in this adventure.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Office Fashion Commandments

1.       Go for the clean and polished look.  Depending on the office setting, you can either go for the smart look, formal look, or casual look – always remember that whichever look is your office aura, make sure your clothes are “crease free” and clean.   So whether if there is a dress code or none, looking polished in a dress or suit always makes a difference.
2.       Go for the perfect fit and comfort.  Always, and I mean always make sure you wear wardrobes with perfect fit and comfort.  Any wardrobe malfunction will certainly cause a major fashion faux pas and would most likely cost a lot more than you can imagine.
3.       Think “presentable” when choosing your clothes.  Yes comfort is important but make sure you are presentable enough in front of all the people in the office as well as for other visitors and guests that will possibly have an impact to your organization.  You’ll never how these people can affect your performance and how you may be perceived by your superiors.
4.       Never go for skin exposure at the office. Need I elaborate?  Indecent wardrobes are generally offensive in an office setting.   "Men have to be comfortable with you, not looking at you as a woman but as a business partner."
5.       Be sensible in wearing scents.  In wearing perfumes or colognes, be considerate with others and avoid extra strong smells.
6.       Go light and natural with your make-up.  Stay away from ultra bright colors and save all the glamour for night-time affairs or a fancy date-night.
7.       Go easy on your hair.  Never go overboard with your hairstyle.  Whether in an easy up do or do down, smart and presentable styles always work best in the offices.
8.       Go for the “noiseless” foot wears.  Low heels, leather shoes are office setting shoes.   If you want to go stylish, keep it at a minimum with a refined taste that matches well with your wardrobe.
9.       Never over-accessorize.   Bling-blings are not exactly the best office decoration.
10.   Always have handkerchief’s come in handy.  You will never know when you are going to sneeze or remove dirt from your face or clothes.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Designers behind African Fashions

I was looking through some runway pictures and that gave me an inspiration on what to write today.  I’m not talking about the interesting dresses that rocked the runways; I’m talking about the people behind African fashion who have made it a mainstream in the fashion industry?  I give kudus to all the designers out there who have really made an exceptional effort to showcase the beauty of the African style in their choice of fabrics, prints and designs.

With my inclination towards simple cuts, prints, and vibrant hues, obviously enough, I want to go first with those designers that has captivated me with their take on the fusion of colors and created a striking balance in giving a modern touch to the traditional African fashion.

Korto Momolu, the fashion designer who won first runner-up on the fifth season of the hit show Project Runway has always caught my attention with her expert taste in the selection of fabrics and rich hues.  Her designs are truly inspired by her African roots and she has shown this in many glorious ways.  Check out a few of her designs that never went out of style.

Syl Anim has done many creative designs that are always awe-inspiring.  With her passion for intricate handmade weave designs, she has showcased a style that is also uniquely African.  For her creations, she uses authentic African fabrics, beads, wood, wool, and many other embellishments that she sets her eye on.  See one of her work below.

Gloria Wavamunno creates a fashion statement that is uniquely inspired by the culture, music, and colors of Africa.  See how she has brought a fresh take to the African prints.

These few designers have made excellent contributions in bringing African fashion to what it is today.  Not only are they big on talent, they have a big heart.  They have supported many charitable institutions with their work. I hope to see more of their designs showcased in the runways.  There are still a lot more I want to feature and many designs that a want to talk about next time.  It’s really amazing how talent can help the world.
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Apples or Pears?

Because not all women are born with a very well proportioned body, I want to feature some styles that are fitting for some specific body types. If you are bottom-heavy or top-heavy, then this feature is for you.  Be your own stylist and never allow those extra pounds to keep you from looking good and flattering.  Now take a closer look at yourself (while stark naked) in a full-length mirror and determine your own body type.
 
Flatter a Bottom-Heavy and Top-Light Figure (Pear Shaped Figure)
  • Put more focus upwards.  Look for flattering necklines and bright hues to accentuate the upper body. Other great options for the top half are prints, stripes, plaids, and floral.  Keep the lower half in solid and dark colors.
  • For fitted suits, go for fitted jackets that end down to the widest portion with structured shoulders.  Opt for form fitting bottoms that are not clingy and not tight.
  • Wearing jeans can flatter your figure. Go for the boot-cut leg opening that slightly flares downwards.  This creates a striking balance to wide hips and full thighs.  Choose dark washed jeans and avoid embellishments at the back pockets.  Pair it with high heels for an ultra flattering and thinner look.
  • For dresses, opt for full skirts with a fit and flare silhouette.  Go for strapless dresses to draw attention to your upper half.  Other option for those with a lot fuller hips and thighs is to go for the empire-waist, or raised-waist dresses.

Flatter a Top-Heavy and Bottom-Light Figure (Apple Shaped Figure)
  • Think minimalist for the upper half and accentuate your bottom half.  Avoid wide and high necklines. Go for V-necks, scoop and sweetheart necklines to give out a lengthening effect for the top portion.  Avoid breast pockets and heavy embellishments around the chest area.  Keep tops in solid and dark colors.
  • Give your bottom extra emphasis with flared cuts and A-line skirts for a more balancing act. Choose flat front flared pants and skirts that are low rise.  High waist bottoms only draws attention to your large chest area. 

Whichever is your body type, there’s always a dress, a suit, a pair of pants that can flatter your figure.  So play up with your best assets and down play with the problem areas.

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