African print outfits have shaped the fashion landscape for generations. As such, African prints are considered a fundamental characteristic of traditional African attire. Come summer, dresses are a wonderful way to showcase these prints.
Unlike separates, they do not require paring which can sometimes be challenging when attempting to do so with two boldly printed pieces. When choosing African dress outfits, it is important to consider a variety of things. First and foremost, what silhouette are you looking for? Is it fitted or loose? The length is another vital determinant. Choosing a longer, more free-flowing shape is a far more versatile option and allows you the option of wearing it through from day to night.
Here at Sika’a we have a substantial number of different African outfits for women, including a large variety of dresses suitable for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for something to wear to BBQs and lunches or evening events, there is something for everyone. Keep reading to discover our edit of the very best African print dresses for every occasion.
In instances where bold colours can seem overwhelming, Sika’a’s Poppy Print Makenene Midi Dress is a fresh take on traditional African summer wear. With impeccable tailoring, the Poppy print dress looks incredible on all sizes. A defined waistband, buttoned cuffed sleeves and mid-buttoned-up neck make this iteration perfect for everyone from print lovers to minimalists. Finely detailed floral prints in a mixture of monochrome and vibrant colours cover the entirety of the dress. A mid-length hemline offers a more wearable feel versus a full length.
Traditionally, African print dresses are known for their attention-grabbing colours and patterns. If you’re looking to make an entrance, this sleeveless midi dress is the perfect show-stopping party dress. Vivid orange with electric tropical prints, the distinctive dress is elegant and daring, thanks to its bold colour palette and strappy sleeves. The pleated, midi-length hemline falls gracefully with the wearers movement and the cinched waist accommodates all figures. Style it with nude strappy heels and a bag to keep all eyes on the dress.
Elevating your workwear come summer can be a daunting task, but it needn’t be. Investing in a statement shirt dress is a simple way to carry your wardrobe into new season territories. Sika’a’s Imani Dress is a sleek silk shirt silhouette with a waist tie. The fit is incredibly forgiving due to the deep blue colour, lightweight silk fabric and adjustable tie waist. Unlike many more traditional African patterns, this displays precious stones in harmonious colours such as turquoise, burnt orange and deep greens. This capsule piece can be worn through autumn and even winter by pairing it with tights and leather boots.
A decidedly more formal garment, Sika’a’s Khalisha Shirt Dress combines expert tailoring with a demure approach to daytime dressing and evening wear. Shell prints with blue detailing sit upon a cream background. The fabric fits more intentionally than some of our softer silk dresses, with a waist tie that effortlessly highlights the female figure. The curved hemline provides a softer edge to a structured shape. Wear it with simple heels or flats depending on the time of day.
Long dresses are not always suitable for every occasion. When things start to hot up, try a rising hemline like the Sika’a Eloise Mini Dress. Short, sweet but still mighty, the Eloise is a perfect summer dress for any evening occasion. Specifically created to hug every curve, you’d struggle to find a dress that fits you better. Crafted from cream lightweight silk, the stunning prints resemble petals in watercolour paints while the accentuating fit sits tight around the waist, accompanied by balloon shaped sleeves and a deep v neck revealing the décolletage.
Looking for more inspiration? Browse through our full dresses collection.
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