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15 Native Wears and Traditional Attire Rules All Men Need to Know

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This Native Wears article was inspired by a very good friend of mine, a stylish lady who designs Men’s Native Attire.

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Mr. Kobi in his 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…

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Native Wear Top – 19th Century – 1820

 

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Four Hausa Men Rocking Agbada in 1902

 

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Mr. Uti in short sleeve top and matching trousers – Dashiki Native Style in 2015

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.

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Mr. Jim Iyke in simple native wear with pocket square

 

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Mr. Kobi in a simple white native at African Fashion Week Nigeria Press/Blogger Brunch in February 2015

 

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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).

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A model rocking Kaftan Native Wear with trouser length stopping @ just at the ankle

#2. A native wear top can be paired with jeans, dark chinos, linen pants.

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Mr. JackMoh

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Mr. Kobi @ AFWN 2016

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Let’s look at What Not to Wear with Native Wears and Traditional Attires…

 

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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.
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I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

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