4 Ways to wear African prints

The Des­tiny Moon Prints de­signer is the celeb go-to when it comes to knock­out pat­terns. Her ad­vice, here.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour 2017 April - By de­signer Ur­sula Nt­sub­ane

1Play up your sta­ples A cape is a great state­ment piece and an African print adds a wow fac­tor, es­pe­cially in fash­ion­able golden hues. Maxi dresses are al­ways a win and they suit all body types, and a high-waisted print skirt looks gor­geous paired with a crisp white shirt or a crop top for a more casual ef­fect. When it comes to trousers, cu­lottes will spice up your work style added onto a plain blouse and blazer.

If you’re con­ser­va­tive and only want a touch of print, state­ment neck­pieces, en­ve­lope clutches and head­wraps are an ex­cel­lent way to in­clude it in your out­fit. Keep the rest of your out­fit neu­tral, so that your ac­ces­sories pop. 2Flat­ter your sil­hou­ette Large prints work best if you’re pe­tite and lean, and smaller prints are great if you’re fuller fig­ured. The best way to en­sure that you’ll look great in your African-print en­sem­ble is to find a dress­maker or de­signer who will tai­lor

clothes to your body. It’s the most flat­ter­ing way to dress, plus you’ll have an item of cloth­ing that is unique to you. 3Mix and match

Print block­ing is a big trend and it looks con­tem­po­rary. The key is to pay close at­ten­tion to the pat­terns, and make sure they are sym­met­ri­cal. When the mix is right (a con­trast in colour and pat­tern) it’s a def­i­nite win. Keep the rest of your look un­der­stated with nude shoes, min­i­mal jewellery (un­less it’s tra­di­tional African jewellery) and a con­trast­ing head­wrap. 4Wrap it up

Head­wraps are ver­sa­tile and great to play around with. Use vi­brant pat­terned fab­rics, such as dashiki and kente.

Fold the head­wrap in half around your head, cov­er­ing your ears, with the ends fac­ing for­wards. Tie the fabric into a dou­ble-knot in front. Tuck the ends into the wrap so your hair is com­pletely cov­ered. Easy!

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