Sika'a's guide to a stylish vacation - Sika’a
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June 21, 2021 3 min read

Even with the pandemic going on, summer is here, and it is finally time to get out of the house. Whether you’re planning for a vacation out of the country or a little staycation in your town, a change of scenery will do you a lot of good. As a matter of fact, some psychologists link travelling with increased empathy, focus, and creativity. Here are a few benefits of vacationing that you probably didn’t know about. 

Reduces stress

A study conducted by Nuffield health revealed that people who don’t go away for a break have higher blood pressure, higher stress levels, and poor sleep patterns. Travel provides a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the city, allowing you to de-stress. In addition, it offers an opportunity for you to do things that give you pleasure and distract your mind from those that cause you stress and anxiety.

 

Promotes productivity and creativity

Taking a break from work now and then can make you more productive. Exposure to different people and cultures also helps make you more culturally aware, which helps boost your creativity and personal growth. As a matter of fact, recent studies have proved that professionals that time off work to travel are more productive than those who spend most of their time working. They are also able to complete their tasks more effortlessly compared to their counterparts.

Improves physical health

Taking a vacation is not only great for your mental and emotional well-being but also your physical health. Research conducted by Framingham Heartshowed that vacations reduce the risk of heart disease. The study that tracked subjects over a period of nine years found out that men who didn’t take a break were 30% more likely to have a heart attack. 



Life satisfaction

If you have a bucket list of places you would like to travel to, this is the perfect time to check one off your list. Travelling is an excellent way for you to spend quality time by yourself or with loved ones. Solo travelling, which is increasingly becoming popular, is a great chance for self-reflection and an exciting way for you to meet new people, so don’t be afraid to venture out on your own. It also offers the perfect opportunity for you to create lifelong memories doing things that make you happy. 

Now that we have established the importance and benefits of travelling let’s get into the fun stuff, shopping for summer outfits. If you are looking to incorporate more colours and prints in your summer wardrobe, African prints are a great way to do so. That said, the eccentric nature of African fashion can be intimidating to some people, so here are a few fun ways of how to incorporate African clothing into your wardrobe.

 

 

Accessorise

Accessories such as bags, scarves, and shoes add colour and vibrancy to a plain outfit. For example, Sika’a’s Kiburi silk scarf, which features a beautiful floral print of tropical tones, is the perfect summer accessory. You can style it as a hair tie, necktie, headscarf, bag candy, or arm party.


 

Use statement pieces

Maxi skirts are a summer staple. They are flattering on all body shapes, are easy to style, and are ridiculously comfortable. Instead of choosing a plain skirt, make a statement with Sika’a’s Zakiyyah maxi skirt, which mixes exuberant colours such as turquoise, electric blue, and green with floral and leaf print patterns. Since the skirt has a bold print, consider styling it with a neutral coloured top. You can also choose contrasting colours to make each piece pop. In this case, a plain red top will contrast beautifully with the colours on the skirt.



Embrace the clash

It is not uncommon for African designers to use two different African prints on one garment. They use clashing colours, patterns, and textures to create striking and dramatic pieces. If you are not afraid to make a bold impression, then Sika’a’s Koudjou maxi skirt is a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Since the skirt has bold patterns, keep the top plain and simple so as not to overpower everything. A black swimsuite and simple sandals will suffice.

Sika’a is an affordable, sustainable brand whose mission is to create luxury fashion pieces inspired by Africa. We use ethical manufacturing and sustainable sourcing to make all our pieces without compromising on quality. If you are looking for affordable, sustainable fashion, visit our online store to shop our clothes and accessories.


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