This Native Wears article was inspired by a very good friend of mine, a stylish lady who designs Men’s Native Attire.
As a lover of native wears, a brand ambassador of African Fashion Week Nigeria and a strong advocate of African Fashion, I hope to give you guys a few tips and style advice on how to rock your native wears and traditional attires better.
First…let’s take a moment and explain what a Native Wear is.
Native Wear also known as Traditional Wear, Native Outfit or Native Attire is mostly common in Africa and is also known as a Native-African attire. Over the years there has been a huge improvement from what “native wear” was back then and what it is now.
See what I mean below…
Some of the trends which were in existence back then are coming back now with a bit of refinement in design. Things like the popular Agbada have been in existence since the 1800s and they are coming back in style today.
Kaftans [with length almost sweeping the floor] were also popular in the 90s, but they are back in vogue, more refined to lengths just below the knee and with a bit of English touch to it such as the use of double cuff design in the wrist section such that it can be worn with cufflinks.
RULES THAT APPLY WHEN WEARING NATIVE WEARS
The General Rule:
#1. Ensure your native trouser length is reaching just on the top of the shoe and not sweeping the ground when you walk.
To be safe, ensure your tailor’s measurement of your trouser length stops just at your ankle (NO-BREAK or QUARTER BREAK Trouser Length Style). Not before your ankle (unless you choose that on purpose to make a fashion statement).
#2. A native wear top can be paired with jeans, dark chinos, linen pants.
Let’s look at What Not to Wear with Native Wears and Traditional Attires…
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