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ANKARA BUYERS GUIDE

For the last two years, I’ve been completely obsessed with Ankara print. I’ve written about it here and even here. I’ve been buying prints left and right. I love how eclectic my closet is looking these days.

Before you start making some serious dents in your bank account balance to buy some of your favorite Ankara styles, here are a few tips that will help you determine which styles will be essential for you.

• ANKARA SHORTS FOR ALL •

Let’s be very specific when it comes to the type of Ankara shorts you should be opting for. No, not hoochie daisy dukes. No, in by no way, shape or form am I referring to loose fitting shorts either. However, a retro or high-waisted pair of shorts would flatter most figures for this type of style. 

This is especially flattering to us child bearers or those of us who prefer a little more cushion in our mid-section. 

• CONSERVATIVE IS ALWAYS REWARDING • 

Moo-moo’s or as I like to refer to them, Kaftans (or Caftans), will never be a thing of the past. Grandmothers have been rocking moo-moo’s since 76′ and I have a feeling these old-timers didn’t reinvent the wheel. So why should we?

Joy, over at The Pink Joy really caught my attention with her cute Ankara Kaftan. The colors are very neutral, but pop just enough to wear out and about.

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Want to sexy up your look a tad. Do like our favorite top model Eva Marcille and throw on a cute bohemian belt around your waist with some heels. BAM! You just took your sexy to a whole new level. Plus, you’d make your granny proud for not having all of your GOODIES handing all out with some hoochie get up. 

• GET LIKE YONCE AND MIX THEM PRINTS • 

Back in my day I had to always be color coordinated. It was a bit sickening. Now that I’m older, I buy my own clothes and I’m not subject to the torments of my peers opinions, I wear what I want to and how I want to wear it.

Yes, this means if I want to wear a leopard with florals, I will do just that. The way I see it, If Beyonce can do it, so can I. 

• MAMA ALWAYS SAID A GOOD BUSINESS SUIT WILL GO A LONG WAY • 

I know your mom said the same thing as she schooled you for your very first interview. As time went on, I’m sure you realized how that $200 suit you purchased completely saved your professional life a dozen or so times. Thanks mom!

Now, an Ankara suit will have the ability to save your social life too! Yes, this suit will totally have the ability to do this. 

Can you imagine the heads turning as you grace the room with one of these outfits on? Yes, haters and lovers alike will be on your bumper. Just smile and wave girls, smile and wave!

• BRIGHT HUES WORK WONDERS •

Color does a number on just about everything and everyone. In fact color and mood is invariably linked. Just as we, ourselves have a reaction to color, the people around us have similar reactions.

Why not have a big beaming smile as you leave the house with your cute Ankara get up AND have ability to control the minds of everyone you come in contact with, by wearing bright colors to boost their mood?!?! Sounds like some Pinky and the Brain type stuff to me!

So now that we’ve broken down why you need to get some Ankara in your life, now it’s time to learn where to get it…

Where To Buy Ankara Fashion1

5th + Quansah
AnkaraClothing.com
Bethels Boutique
BJ Bowties + Designs
Bongolicious

Buy The Dress
Chen Burkett 
Demestiks New York
Design of Diaspora
Diyanu 

DPiperTwins
Gitas Portal
Lili Creations
Melange Mode
Misi Afrique Boutique

Miss Beida Fashion
Ngozi
Rahyma
Ritas Fashion Afro Wear
Solomek

The African Shop 
Tribal Groove 
Zabba Designs

When’s the last time you purchased some Ankara? Were you happy with your purchase? Where did you get it? 

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