Even though summer is unofficially over, there’s one look that was hot hot hot this summer that I’m currently brainstorming how I can bring with me into fall: ankara prints! If you’re African, you’re already super familiar with Ankara, or wax print materials, but even if you’re not, you’ve probably seen them worn by the likes of Beyonce and Solange. Check out some summer and fall inspiration with ankara, a look into how I’ve been wearing the trend, and a special spotlight on an ankara line started by one of my friends.
My Ankara Looks
I’ve been wearing ankara all my life; I used to have outfits sewn for every Nigerian wedding, birthday party, or other celebration that I went to, often decked out in matching gear with the rest of my family. Now that I’m older, I select fabrics and designs myself, and try to load up on material whenever I’m in Nigeria because I know it’s much cheaper. While I have many ankara dresses for events, I’ve increasingly started getting shorts, skirts, blazers, pants, tops, and casual dresses made. On my to-make list is a peplum top, wide-legged trousers, a jumpsuit, and a mini dress with a low back!
More Ankara Inspiration
I have a Pinterest board where I pin some of the ankara looks that speak to me – I actually found the crop top and pencil skirt design that I wore for A Summer Protective Styling brunch on Pinterest, and it was a big hit! For fall, I’m planning on wearing my cop top with some leather leggings and a blazer for weekend outings, and my ankara pants with chunky knit sweaters.
@ese_nyc is a new clothing line that specializes in hand crafted shorts and tops inspired by West African print. Ese is a family owned line that was started by Ladi & Abi Fatade, siblings with an eye for fashion and the passion to turn their dreams into reality. I’ll be reviewing my own pair of the shorts collection in the coming weeks before the weather goes left, so stay tuned! Ese is also having a runway show that benefits the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation on September 5th. Check them out at esenyc.com.