5 ways to introduce colours and patterns into your summer wardrobe - Sika’a

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July 15, 2019 4 min read

There is no denying that African fashion has its own place within the industry. Focused on preserving the integrity of our culture and heritage, there are a new wave of designers who seek to create a modernised view of this exotic niche. Sika’a is just that. Appreciative of both timeless British silhouettes and exotic prints, we design garments to delight through every season.

SS19 sees the launch of our Sika’a X Colour collection. Every piece you discover has been crafted using the finest materials, designed by artisans and continually driven towards the goal of a sustainable fashion future. Our collection includes everything from African blazers and african printed blouses, to African silk dresses.

Loose Fitting Shorts

The focus for SS19 has shifted more towards the perfect short over the perfect skirt. Allowing for ease of movement and comfort, these pieces are effortlessly styled in a multitude of different ways. Net-A-Porter noted high-wasted, tailored shorts as the ideal way to elongate your legs and created a formal look in the summer heat. Our Lais African print shorts move through this checklist with ease. High-waisted with a wide tie detail, they cut just above the knee with a tailored silhouette to flatter. The circular African print emblazoned across this quality fabric embodies the beauty of sunlight with rich pops of natural green and brown accents for detail.

Sika’a Stylist Recommends:Throw on with a slouchy white t-shirt and flip flops to inject colour to your casual look. Or, choose a fitted blazer in one of these accents colours and create a statement shorts suit that will last you through many a board meeting.

Clashing Prints

One key charm about African fashion is its ability to turn a blind eye to common fashion faux pas in favour of sheer celebration. Clashing prints in SS19 are one such example. The desire to embrace patterns which bring joy far outweighs the need to stick within the status norm. Here is where the Renaissance Paisley Floral-Print Gown steps into its own, merging femininity with an explosion of colour and detail, a show stopper of an African print dress. Everything from its full-length silhouette and high neckline work to provide demure beauty with a feeling of true elegance. An African print prom dresses reinvented for those bold enough to wear them.

Sika’a Stylist Recommends:This dress has an impressive amount of detail, therefore needing minimal accessorising. Tie your hair up in a high chignon, choose black statement drop earrings and pair with comfortable heeled sandals for elegance in the everyday.

Statement Sleeves

Silhouettes continue to change and develop throughout the seasons. Largely dependant on areas of the body we wish to accentuate and sometimes indicative of the financial environment around them (consider the demure style of the 30’s and its correlation to the Great Depression, for example). In SS19, statement sleeves were one such feature that swanned down catwalks all over the world from Marc Jacobs, Rodarte and Louis Vuitton - embracing abundance and celebrating a hark back to Victorian style and romantic connotations. The Sarauniya Coat Dress is where this trend finds its place within Sika’a X Colours. Adding detail to an already striking print dress, the sleeves seem to billow around your arms. Extending out along the full length, they give shape to the top half of your body and draw the eye in for further appreciation.

Sika’a Stylist Recommends:Here we have another dress that needs minimal dressing to look exquisite. Pair with deep green peeptoe sandals, circular disc drop earrings and hair pulled off the shoulder. Or, wear as a coat instead over a plain black slip and focus entirely on the impressive detail of these sleeves.

Maxi Gowns

African fashion truly holds its own in the world of African maxi dresses and African maxi skirts. SS19 continues to see these full-length items making an appearance. Our Sika’a X Colour collection features no less than eight different styles including the delightfully feminine  Muka Fleur Du Soleil Gown. As one of our African print shirt dresses, the detailed print draws in the eye from every angle. A small belted waistband and full button-down closure gives versatility to a truly elegant piece.

Sika’a Stylist Recommends:  There is enough colour here to accentuate through accessories. Go for chunky beaded bracelets that sit well with the three-quarter length sleeves and matching earrings to pick out your favourite hue.  

Wide Leg Trousers

SS19 sees a shift from the skinny trouser. Flattering on every shape and offering increased comfort. We have created the  Flora High Waist African print trousers. Cinching in the waist, they billow out in a structured manner, creating shape as you move down the leg. A sunburst print plays with muted tones and richer yellows - ideal for introducing African prints into your wardrobe.

Sika’a Stylist Recommends: Highlight the structured nature of these trousers by pairing with looser silk shirts. Emerald greens work well in partnership with the print, so consider introducing these with your shoes and accessories. And, don’t be afraid to bring African prints into your office wear wardrobe too.

If these product highlights aren't quite what you're looking for, browse the entire collection here. You can discover even more products including African Print pencil skirts, African print tops, and African print jumpsuits. We're confident you'll be able to find something to and introduce African fashion into your wardrobe today!

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