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Fashion Trends In Nigeria

Each and every country has its own culture and unique characteristics. Even when it comes to fashion, culture plays a big part.

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Nigeria isn’t left behind by the current trends that circulate the world. Here are the current trends in the colorful and fun fashion world of Nigeria:

Colour Blocking

Nigerian people, especially the members of the human population, are very much into color blocking which is one of the latest and most attractive fashion trends. Color blocking is simply the combination of many different colors in one outfit. Colors that are most commonly used in the color blocking trend are those that are bright and eye catching.

The fashionable people of Nigeria no longer need to look at the mirror before heading out. It seems like color harmony is out of the scene these days. The color blocking trend has swept Nigeria especially among the young adults and teenagers. Even in many formal gatherings, the Aso Ebi has been taken over by this lively trend. In weddings, the bride will make sure her family members will wear clothes of the same color blocking technique.

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Velvet and Knot

Velvet started becoming popular around 2012. Nigeria picked up the trend during the later part of 2013 and the trend did not even wane in popularity even when 2014 started.

The trend is very simple yet makes the wearer look sophisticated. One just needs to wear something made of velvet, for example a dress, combine it with an Ankara and tie a knot somewhere on her waist. Because velvet is very classic and beautiful, it is the kind of fabric that people can wear to special events like weddings and big parties. It has become one of the most popularly used cloths in Aso Ebi. Members of a family can wear velvet dresses of different colors but of the same cut.

Ankara and Lace

Nigeria is known for its people who love to wear colorful and beautiful dresses made with the local fabric called Ankara. This time around it is made more beautiful and fashionable with a little help from another dainty fabric, the lace. These two fabrics are already present in Nigeria for decades but only recently did the idea of combining the two emerge.

Being the pride of the African people, the Ankara fabric has always been present in Aso Ebi clothing. Even the top British luxury fashion house Burberry made an Ankara jacket that was seen on no less than the stylish and quirky Lady Gaga herself.  This just proves that Nigeria will never be left behind in the colorful fashion world.

Sequin and Velvet

One of the latest fashion trends in Nigeria is the combination of velvet and sequins. For the past few years, French lace dominated the Aso Ebi attire. It has been a big yet very welcome surprise that the velvet started becoming famous in weddings and formal events.

One of the most famous people I have seen wearing this trend is the Queen of Talk, no other than Oprah. Velvet is a fabric that seems to have a place only at big parties and events like weddings, funerals, awards nights, and the likes so everyone should take advantage of the fact that it is now a big hit in the fashion world. It seems to come round only once in a few decades. I remember it being very popular in the 1990s. Now that the fashion world has given it another chance, you should own at least one piece of clothing in this fabric. The addition of beautiful and stunning sequins to velvet just makes the material sparkle even more and catches the attention of on-lookers.

Peplum

Peplum is a huge hit all over the world these days. Nigeria definitely has almost the same taste as everyone in the planet, but just a bit quirkier. You can see the Aso Ebi worn by women these days. There are peplum skirts, and yes, peplum trousers. Wearing trousers to a wedding? You probably couldn’t believe this will become one of the hottest fashion trends in Nigeria but it is. You can see a bunch of women wearing matching peplum trousers in every wedding in Lagos these days.

Oleku

The Oleku style will never go out of fashion. This year it becomes even more popular especially in weddings where family members try to achieve the look for their Aso Ebi. You might have thought the Aso Ebi bug has calmed down but you will be surprised that a lot of Nigeria-based online shops still offer different Aso Ebi styles. By wearing the Aso Ebi families show their unity by wearing some kind of uniform.

The oleku style, one of the most popular Aso Ebi outfits, which was very popular during the 60s up to the 70s, is achieved by pairing an iro of any length with a buba that has sleeves that fall just between the wearer’s wrists and her elbows. These days, people combine the color blocking trend and the oleku style together to make a really awesome look. The buba can also come in different necklines from v-neck to round neck or sequined to embroider. The iro can also come in different fabrics from aso oke to lace worn over a buba made of damask or the local Ankara fabric.

Nigeria is very well known as a place where fashion is a big part of everyone’s lifestyle. Even top designers take inspiration from the culture of Nigeria. The top fashion trends in Nigeria just make it clear that Nigerian people are beautiful and stylish in their own way.

Nigerian people are very trendy and fashion forward. They combine international trends to that of their own style and culture. Here are the latest fashion trends seen in Nigeria’s most stylish crowd.

John is a fashion designer works from last couple of weeks as a trainee. He loves to write what he learned and experienced.

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Blossom In Spring Florals

Flowers have always played a big part in women’s wardrobes but lately they are really in the fashion spotlight. Designers such as Prada and Moschino have been showcasing floral patterns on their runways and so we can certainly expect to see more and more of them in our high street and favourite online retailers. They might be everywhere but there are some simple ways to get a great look which includes flowers. So how can you introduce florals to your wardrobe without looking like you’ve stepped out of an explosion in a Cath Kidston factory?

Keep it simple

As with all things bold, keeping it simple is key. That is to say that you should stick to one item in floral print to avoid looking too busy on the pattern front. Here you could choose a pair of patterned trousers or a patterned blouse perhaps but never both at the same time. Pair either of these with plain items such as cotton trousers or jersey t-shirt style top or blouse and you’ll avoid looking over the top. There are some gorgeous floral dresses available these days too and though this is head to toe flowers, it can work well with plain accessories.

Alternatively, if you’re less confident with patterns then there are some other options to inject the floral touch to your wardrobe. You could stick to a plain outfit and add patterned shoes or accessories. There are plenty of gorgeous chiffon or silk floral scarves out there that can bring a touch of spring to your style without being overboard. There are also some fabulous floral knits around that give a pretty, casual look and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Pick an accent

Just like in interior design, you can include some more colour to your look by picking out an accent shade from your floral patterned item. For example if you we were wearing a floral patterned pencil skirt with a few lemon flowers included in the print, then a plain lemon cardigan should look just co-ordinated enough.

Don’t be too matchy matchy

Alongside your one item of floral clothing and maybe one of plain accent clothing it is far better to then stick to neutrals for everything else. Being too matchy matchy with your look i.e. wearing everything else in the accent colour, is a sure fire way to age yourself and look frumpy. Pairing your floral with neutral tones such as white, ivory, nude for example is a much more modern way to include pattern and colour and, as they’re neutral, there is much less possibility that they may clash with your bold pattern.

Tone down the twee-ness factor

Though many of us are suckers for flowers, if you’re not careful it can create a look that it simply too twee and girly and this isn’t flattering on an older woman. One easy way to avoid this is to pair your florals with slightly more masculine touches such as a fitted blazer style jacket or jeans for example. On the same theme, to avoid looking way too much you should keep your accessories to a minimum. Although you might be feeling particularly spring-like, don’t be tempted to go overboard with lots of accessories. There are some pretty hair flowers and jewellery featuring pressed flowers, for example but just don’t go there. Your floral print clothing has a lot going on without the need to be over elaborate. Keep your accessories as simple as possible and as few as possible. A plain silver bangle will help make your floral print stand out instead of competing with everything else.

Jo is a 40 something woman who is looking for stylish clothing ranges which are age appropriate especially in terms of comfort and cut of blouses and trousers.

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Spice it up with Casmir Lingerie

New year is a time where we evaluate all aspects of our life, deciding which things we need to change and which things we would like to keep the same. We often tend to look at the relationships we have with our friends and closer to home our partners. Often we love our partners dearly but time and mundane routines tend to make us forget why we are together in the first place. Finding a way to rekindle a dim love life can be difficult and often shelved for tasks that are easier to complete. Unfortunately by putting your relationship on the back burner too often you can inadvertently extinguish the flame of desire and be left with the destruction and embers of a failed relationship.

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Reigniting the Flames of Passion

Usually work is a demanding reason why couples spend very little romantic time together, that and juggling the children and putting out the rubbish causes the day to end swiftly and the only intimate thing you have shared with your partner is a meal. This is why the new year is a perfect time to reignite the flames of passion and spice up the year ahead with some very simple changes to your life.

Why not snuggle up together on the sofa using modern technology and make start by looking for great lingerie that will spice up your love life and give you both the opportunity to cast knowing smiles at each other over the dining table because you are wearing beautifully crafted Casmir Lingerie chosen by both of you. You may even decide to claim that you need to ‘tidy’ the bedroom so that you can explore the quality lace and seductive material while the family, blissfully unaware of your deception, play charades downstairs.

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Using a Little bit of Imagination.

When you cast your eyes on Casmir Lingerie you will be very impressed by the way that the designers have managed to tastefully combine eroticism and comfort in garments that suggest a hidden secret lurking in your mind. Casmir Lingerie have made wonderful use of colours, fabrics and shape to give the air of classy seductiveness. At first you may find spicing up your relationship in this way to feel slightly uncomfortable and not quite you but after introducing the flickering light and aroma of scented candles and maybe one or two erotic toys for you to play with you may find that you develop a sexy alter ego who relishes in the joy of bringing pleasure to yourself and your partner. Once role playing and adding a little extra excitement to your life becomes an normal part of your bedroom routine – why not shake it up a little and book yourselves into a lavish hotel with log fires and exquisite food and pretend that you have just met each other. Don’t forget that by unleashing your inner seductress you have opened up a vast world of erotic adventures for you and your very happy partner.

Kate Parker is a writer with a passion for luxury underwear. Kate knows first hand how a little bit of imagination combined with the luxury of Casmir Lingerie can really spice up your life.

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