t’s been said that Nigerians dress to impress, and last week’s style report makes it easy to see why. Week after week, Nigerian style stars continue to raise the bar with outfits that reenact this truth, serving fresh lessons on how to look effortlessly chic. No doubt, class was in session last week and we did take notes.
Cape Town saw spirited representations of Nigerian fashion at Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story African premiere. An ample dose of audacious colors, bold prints, mesmerizing textures, and lovely silhouettes was what we witnessed. This continues to prove that Nigerian fashion is like a breath of fresh air bursting with genius and flair.
Check out the top 7 Naija fashion looks at Queen Charlotte’s African Premiere and other events…
#1. Casual and edgy: Tiwa Savage in Von Dutch
Does it sound ironic? No way. Thanks to our favorite singer, Tiwa Savage we can learn how to appear edgy while rocking a super casual fit. Tiwa wore a custom Von Dutch street-style take that featured a black graphic tank top, shorts, and a letterman jacket that made her a view to behold. But that wasn’t all. She also strapped on pantyhose, Chelsea boots, and oversized shield sunglasses. It’s her hot girl era, and Savage isn’t timid about it.
#2. Royalty galore: Sharon Ooja in Seye Oladejo
Nigerian celebrities who honored the queen’s call in Cape Town enthralled the world in exquisite ball dresses. No wonder the saying, “Naija no dey carry last,” is no way cliché. It’s the evidence of an expression of the country’s boundless creativity and limitless spirit.
From the staples of Sheye Oladejo, Sharon Ooja donned a dazzling blush ball dress with multicolored leaf designs, corset details, and a flowing train at Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story African premiere. Ball dresses are the ideal pick for glamorous occasions such as this. Being a themed party, Ooja and other Nigerian celebrities lived out the 1990 Regency era, and we loved it.
#3. Bossy Blues: Chioma Ikokwu in Style Temple
Where are all the multi-talented boss ladies? Have you ever considered the bossy blues? Well, here’s a dress worth replicating. This draped dress from Style Temple ticked all the blue-tiful boxes.
Chioma Ikokwu favored this pick for the Clive Christian perfume event in Lagos, and the dress displayed her remarkable bossy impression. It consists of long sleeves, a plunging v-neckline, draped details, and most of all, the astonishing royal blue shade. Chioma completed this look with metallic gold heels and a purse. Blue is a color of stability and wisdom. An outfit in this color surrounds one with enough confidence to tackle the day head-on.
#4. Prints, fringes, and everything in-between: Kie Kie in Accost Collection
Bold multicolored prints are typically a Nigerian thing. And through them, we are reminded that fashion is more than just clothing — it’s an art form. Kiekie’s dress from last week is a perfect inspiration for the headline. The bold multicolored prints in this corset fringed dress from the Accost Collection are a playful expression of her personality, as well as a proud introduction of who she is — a Nigerian. It’s hard to see a person who wouldn’t be enticed by this frock. Adorned with fringes at its hem and accessorized with a black bag and orange heels, the ensemble gave exactly what it set out to give.
#5. Sex-ay in black: Mercy Eke
Black dresses are a companion for all skin tones and can be a reflection of glamor. There’s never an iconic fashion statement more enticing than a sexy black dress. Ex-BBN star Mercy Eke pulled a wow factor as she stepped out in a sleeveless ruffled black dress. Although it has a modest length, the dress comes with everything we need in a sexy number. And for its execution, she opted for turquoise blue heels and a top handle bag in the corresponding hue. Who doesn’t love the amazing color of the ocean?
#6. Trado-modern flavor: Tolu Bally in 2207 by TBally
The beauty of this look is the way it defies categorization — a perfect marriage between traditional and modern, simple and complex. Due credit to the local indigenous designers for their top-notch creativity and stunning artistry.
One designer we stan is Tolu Bally, an award-winning fashion entrepreneur. Last week, she wore a button-down shirt with a high-slit green sequin midi skirt from her line, 2207 by Tbally. The combo only confirms the irresistible flavor and elegance that a trade-modern offers.
#7. Bold colors: Angel Obasi in Nava Atarah
In what way can one appear adventurous and confident without being too dressy? You got it; bold colors. Bold-colored outfits are your go-to for a head-turning experience. In fashion, hues are used to communicate one’s personality, mood, and spirit. Therefore, vibrant options position you as one who’s daring, capable, and worthy of attention. Perhaps, that’s the reason style influencer Angel Obasi chose this metallic orange mini dress with bishop sleeves, pristine wide-brim hat, and beaded purse from Nava Atarah. This is what we love to see: attitude and style in one take.
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