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Hello Bellas!!! It’s all about Ankara today and we can’t possibly deny the dominance of the prints in our everyday lives as Nigerians. Ankara prints are a must-have that can be found in every #AsoEbiBella wardrobe.

The days when Ankara was only worn on Fridays (where Nigerians dress in traditional outfits at the office) and Sundays to church are long gone. The fabric is known for its colours, which can be used to make different items of clothing. The versatility of Ankara and fusion of the fabric in fashion has made work outfits more fun to wear. Unlike the usual suits, skirts, and shirts, we can wear Ankara to work without having to wait till Friday.

@chicamastyle in @kenianunezdesigns

A lot of workplaces now welcome Ankara work outfits. Let’s bear in mind, not all Ankara prints are worn to work. The Ankara outfit worn to work is meant to be simple, classy, chic and less dramatic. The fabric is known for having bold prints and patterns and also bright colors, so it’s better to wear a toned down Ankara print to work depending on the kind of organization you work for.

@_its_eyramgh in @akorfaswardrobe Photo @shotpicturesgh

Details are very essential in an outfit. So if you decide to fuse Ankara in your workwear outfit, you should pay attention to details. You can add a piece of Ankara fabric as a little detailing on a dress as Chicamastyle did in her outfit above. Giving her a sophisticated look with a little addition.

This is a beautiful Ankara color block skirt paired with a shirt, definitely a chic work wear outfit. The color splash on the skirt is toned down with a subtle colored shirt. Remember you have the power to tone down a dramatic print, by wearing a plain shirt or t-shirt.

@doopie in an Ankara color block skirt from @sgtcclothing


@doopie in kente skirt by @living_my_bliss_instyle

Work outfits are sometimes hard to pair, but if you decide to wear a full Ankara ensemble or dress make sure you pair it carefully so it still has a corporate feel. Also make sure you wear structured pieces which look more formal, like this full Ankara ensembles in the photos below.

@styleconnaisseur wearing an Ankara workwear inspired outfit, photo by @the.alfe

@styleconnaiseur in @beccaapparel ?: @the.alfe Sunnies: @haute.signatures, Heels: @louboutinworld


If you’re the type that doesn’t like the usual dull office colors like grey, nudes and the rest, you can wear a pop of colored pant and tone it down with an Ankara top and also make sure your accessories are minimal and should blend in with your outfit.

@veekee_james in #chic_byveekeejames

@kaylahoniwo wearing an Ankara skirt and laser cut top, giving workwear outfit inspiration

Do you wear Ankara to work? How do you pair your Ankara outfit to work? If yes! Upload your pictures on ! We can’t wait to see your outfit and feature you.


Written by: Damilola Kasumu.

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