You see I’m just an African Girl who is obsessed with all things African Print. Long before this “new phenomenon” of african infused fashion arrived in the Western World, I was rocking my waxed prints from West Africa proudly. And long before your favorite celebrities and designers were craving trendy african fabrics, my closet in my homeland was filled with vibrant, spicy batik and ankara prints. While it is exciting to see the rest of the world and the media embrace what some would call “the african print fashion movement”, for me wearing african prints is more than just a fashion statement, it tells a story.
When I incorporate African prints into my personal style, it makes me feel proud of my origins and heritage. It shows that I belong to a phenomenal culture, that continues to stand the test of time. As a diaspora living in the U.S., these prints remind me of my roots, the traditions I love and the community I share so much with (yes y’all it does all that for me). I mean, I turn heads in my African Prints; the bright and bold colors just add confidence and personality to my outfit. And no matter where I go, it keeps people intrigued--I’m bound to stand out from the crowd.
Now, thanks to globalization, the rest of the world can experience what many of us have long known and cherished. With the assertiveness and validation that African prints add to an outfit,it’s undeniable that this “trend/style” will continue to revolutionize the fashion industry.
To celebrate the evolution that is African Print fashion, check out the gallery below. Hope it inspires you to be daring, live boldly and vibrantly!
Gon ahead girls and werk your prints!
Three women going through life.