Those who know me know well that I love African print. While not necessarily “African” as such, the Dutch wax is one of the most popular fabrics used across Africa and is called a range of names from ‘kanga’ and ‘kitenge’ in East Africa to ‘ankara’ in West Africa, which incidentally has a historical link to the capital of my home country, Ankara, Turkey. Dutch wax comes in a variety of colours, prints and patterns but often monochrome is overlooked.
In May while I was out there for work I had the opportunity to get some new outfits made in Zimbabwe by none other than the lovely Elizabeth Ankomah. I had been promising to post some pictures of my looks and I got the chance a couple of weeks ago when the sun finally decided to come out in the UK. Wish we also had the endless blue skies of Harare!
Who would have thought monochrome print would go so well with ombre white braids? The inspiration for this semi-casual look came from an Instagram page and I decided to pair the drawstring trousers and long blazer with black sandals, a small black bag. Let’s not forget the black bracelet ring I got from H&M last summer and black lippy from Make Up Revolution because black lips rock with white braids.