Kitenge will always be fashionable. All over Africa, you will find a variety of these beautiful fabrics. This fabric has endured the rushed fashion scene in Africa for ages, and with technology making it easier for people to share kitenge designs across the continent, and beyond, I doubt we’ll stop wearing kitenge dresses any time soon. Whether it’s Ankara, kitenge, dashiki or any other Africa inspired fabric, we want it in our wardrobes.
If you’ve been searching for the latest kitenge dresses designs, I did your homework. Now, get these ideas to take to your tailor and have that elegant fabric turned into another classy African outfit.
High Low Kitenge Dresses
High low kitenge dresses and skirts add some creativity to the hemline.
Kitenge Designs for Short Dresses
Want to show some skin, do so in a fabulous short kitenge dress. Do you like them really, really short or just above the knees? Well, as long as you have the design, and it hugs your African curves perfectly, your tailor will do the rest. Here’s some inspo.
Kitenge Designs for Girls
Who says Ankara or dashiki is too mature for girls? Girls look gorgeous in kitenge dresses. They don’t have to do the whole dress and headgear thing. However, if your girl likes it and she looks good, go ahead. See how these girls look fab.
Accessories to complete kitenge dresses for girls include belts, head gear and leggings. Of course, it won’t be a heavy turban that overwhelms her little frame and makes her feel uncomfortable.
Floral prints excite girls. Get her an African fabric with lovely, print and she’ll be begging to wear it to every gathering or function. This is how you ought to be bribing her if you love Ankara and your teen daughter doesn’t want to twin with you.
Ankara rompers for girls are cute too. Dashiki is the most popular fabric for this. She can wear rompers on weekends at home or when attending casual events.
Weddings call for some creativity, and that’s when you pull out a kitenge dress for her. Here are a few ides to help you choose the best design for your girl’s kitenge dress.
Best Kitenge Blouses
African tops with jeans are casual but classy. Makes you look like someone who actually put some effort. If you don’t feel like wearing a kitenge top, go for kitenge blazers or a shirt dress.
African Outfits for Couples
If you like to show up in matching outfits with your spouse, here are a few kitenge designs for you. There are more designs for couples in another article.
Kitenge Designs for Long Dresses
Kitenge designs for long dresses come in all manner of side slits and figure hugging skirts. Dresses below the knee serve you longer especially if you anticipate some body changes especially after having a baby. In fact, your long dresses can serve as maternity wear too if they have an allowance for a baby bump.
You want to look good, right? Well, any type of African print fabric whether its dashiki, kitenge or Ankara can give you a perfect long dress. There’s nothing like too much colour because kitenge is all about that colour pop.
Long kitenge dresses seem to be a favourite for family gatherings and weddings. However, you can also wear long kitenge dresses to formal events as long as they are tailored nicely to accentuate your best features.
Kitenge designs for long dresses with side slits are the in thing. For leg day, pull out one of your long Ankara dresses and pair it with heels and a headscarf. A belt wouldn’t hurt too, but let it work with the fabric not against it. Some designs dive towards the mid-chest area serving some cleavage too. Flaunt it!
Your choice of Ankara dress design depends with your best feature and the size of fabric available too. To flaunt those African curves and snatched waistline, here are a few kitenge designs for long dresses.
High Waist Kitenge Skirts
We are done with plain, simple skirts and are instead going for colourful high waist kitenge skirts. Do you have several of these in your wardrobe already? If not, get some, and get as creative as you can with the design by adding some side ruffles, side pockets, a slit, etc.
Kitenge skirts take about two yards of fabric so they are affordable and you can ready-made Ankara skirts too. Ready-made kitenge skirts go for as low as Ksh250 in Eastleigh and new clothes shops in Gikomba.
You can take a plain looking Ankara skirt and turn it into a great outfit just by pairing it with the right top and shoes. Hence, don’t refuse those hand-me-down kitenge skirts from friends and family.
Kitenge pencil skirts are perfect for casual Friday or for offices where nobody minds about African prints.
Kitenge Jumpsuits Designs
Dresses are great, but jumpsuits never hurt anybody. Jumpsuits are in vogue. Kitenge jumpsuits are unique and you won’t find anyone with a similar design as quickly as is the case with other fabrics.
If it has been almost impossible to find jumpsuits that fit your curves, just find a kitenge fabric and design something you like. We don’t always have to fit into conventional western wear just because there a lot of such clothes in malls and on the streets. Get stylish! For unique rompers and Ankara jumpsuits in Nairobi, here are designs to take to your tailor.
Kitenge Shorts for Ladies
Kitenge shorts are stylish. It doesn’t matter whether you are petite or plus size. All you need is a good tailor who understands your curves and is ready to accentuate them.
Kitenge shorts can be a two piece set or a romper. To avoid plain looking rompers, have some fancy detail around the waist or add a belt. Two piece Ankara shorts let you get creative with the top. Additionally, you can mix and match the tops and shorts with other outfits.
What do you do about the nagging cellulite on your thighs? Get longer shorts or wear less fitting Ankara shorts that won’t tug at the hem. However, everybody has flaws. It will also prompt you to work out so you can show off those thighs in Ankara shorts once in a while.
Kitenge Coats for Ladies
You have more than enough Western style blazers and coats. It is time to get a few kitenge coats and Ankara ponchos. Kitenge coats for ladies are light, not as heavy as the usual cold weather coats. Therefore, they are perfect for the Kenyan climate which is mostly warm and sunny most time of the year.
Ankara trench coats are unique. You won’t have to worry about twinning unexpectedly with your workmates. In addition, the design might be similar but the fabric is different.
Ankara kimonos are also trendy. With a pair of skinny jeans and heels, you are good to go. You could also pair an Ankara kimono with a short dress.
African Shirts Designs
A few years ago, almost every man attending a wedding in Kenya wore a pair of jeans. They were often ugly, faded pairs. You’d see men strolling into the venue, behind their smartly dressed wives, looking like watching a game was more entertaining than attending some love-infused gathering.
Maybe there are still such elements attending weddings here and there, but the situation has changed. You’ll see trendy African wear and Western-style suits in most weddings.
Men’s kitenge shirts are simple, often with kitenge accents around the pockets and the collar only. If it’s a full kitenge shirt, it will have a plain coloured pair of trousers.
If Ankara suits for guys are not your style, break them up with jeans or khaki pants. African print hoodies and T-shirts too can be great additions to your casual Friday and weekend wear.
For authentic African wear, think about Western African Ankara suits for guys. You may also look for etibo wear from shops dealing in kitenge shirts in Nairobi.
Here are a few designs to guide your next bespoke Ankara shirt or suit. If you are a lady shopping for your man, this ought to inspire you to get him a fabric that suits him, and have it tailored to his taste.
Baby Boy Ankara Styles
Boys too want in on the kitenge fever. When looking for baby boy Ankara styles, you’ll probably come across shirts, kitenge and kanzu suits. These are all casual outfits perfect for any occasion you have ahead. Suits are a bit old school but if your son can rock an Ankara shirt and pants combo, why not?
Like men’s wear, African shirts for boys are simple. Most of these have Ankara accents here and there around the pockets and sleeves. Most African shirts for boys have short sleeves. If on the D-day it gets cold, your son can wear a light crew neck with full sleeves over the African shirt. Pick a fabric that won’t show dirty easily since boys will always be boys. Alternatively, get him the traditional dashiki shirt. It never goes out of style.
Often, boys wear Ankara during occasions such as weddings, baptism and family gatherings. But, you can get your son every day wear. For instance, get him an African hoodie for those cold evenings as he rides his bike in the hood. You could also throw in a few shorts and vest combos for sunny days.
Here are a few baby boy Ankara styles to guide you are you think about the fabric and design of your son’s outfit.
I hope I inspired you to take that new fabric you’ve kept in the house for so long and take it to a tailor.