It looks like dashiki and African clothing are currently (and have been) trending. Not only are our supa fly black celebs rocking the prints of the motherland, so are our fairer skinned brothers and sisters too. And, we’re all (mostly) here for that—as long as there’s no crazy cultural appropriation happening. (Yes, Kylie. We’re looking at you.)
Plus, with the AfroPunk festival right around the corner, there’s no better way to quell our excitement than compiling a list of some of our favorite places to shop cool African fashion. And while we love the classic dashiki, these shops show how versatile traditional prints can be.
Afterall, it’s 2017—time to step your African fashion game up ten notches.
About: Proudly Nigerian, Rahyma’s designs are bold, diverse and certainly head-turning. The styles run the gamut from casual and edgy (check out her African print t-shirt dresses) to glamorous and showstopping. Her Instagram page is what #closetgoals are made of and her fearless style has us wanting more.
Can’t get enough of: the hi-lo African print jacket dresses and harem jumpsuits.
About: Edgy and cool, this African clothing designer offers everything from swimwear in African prints to versatile dresses, accessories, jumpsuits – even kids clothing. We love the bold take on everyday trends and the fabulous plus size clothing options. Be sure to catch one of her pop up shops.
Can’t get enough of: the Infinity dress–a maxi dress that can’t be worn multiple ways!
About: Created by two friends in East Orange (hey New Jersey!) this shop creates out-of-the-box African clothing. Think sexy cut-outs, asymmetrical hemlines, and modern matching sets. Here you can shop clothing for men, women and children.
Can’t get enough of: the asymmetrical cut tops.
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About: Fanm Djanm means “strong woman” and the duo behind this Haitian brand certainly are. Originally, Fanmn Djanm was the place to get gorgeous and unique headwraps. Now (lucky for us) they’ve expanded their selections to clothing and accessories. Something you can’t miss? Their absolutely stunning lookbooks.
Can’t get enough of: the bold and colorful headwraps.
About: Founded by twin Cameroonian sisters, Grass Fields is the place for seriously stunning African print maxi dresses–especially in plus sizes. Every style is bold and modern while most looks go up to size 4X. Plus, the designs are made in Cameroon, where the seamstresses make 3 times the average salary.
Can’t get enough of: their maxi dresses and modern fit dashiki shirts.
Have any other must-shop African shops in mind? Tell us in the comments!