African fashion prints have been a staple of the clothing industry for many years, often returning with force in the summer months. But African jewellery and fashion pieces are not simply the reserve of the festival months, they are also wonderful additions to your evening wardrobe. Colourful clutch bags, intricately beaded sandals and stunning crafted jewellery can transform an outfit for a night out or special meal to make you feel fabulous.
The Telegraph has recently reported that African prints are “having a moment” in the Western world. This is certainly true, and so what better way to stay on-trend but also communicate a sense of originality and authenticity than with African fashion pieces that have been hand made by artisans from across the continent? In doing so, you can not only look incredible, but support the local African community at the same time.
Fashion from Africa is all about originality and exuberance – think bright colours and stand-out prints. African bags with funky patterns can add a statement to any outfit, even an LBD, whilst carrying all of your valuables safely in style due to their durable design. For long evenings at the beach, invest in a pair of African sandals, lovingly made with dyed and sun dried luxury leather and decorated by hand-sewn detailed beading in beautiful nature-inspired shapes and colours. Then you can head off to town and dance all night long in comfort and style.
Authentic African jewellery is incredibly varied, so whatever the occasion, you can find a stunning piece to fit. For a casual night out at the bar, add a dash of vibrance to your outfit with a tribal-inspired cuff or bracelet woven out of telephone wires and beads by artisans. On those occasions where it’s ‘smart-casual’ and you’re unsure which way to go, colourful items such as hand crafted safety pin bracelets are the perfect answer. Beads are threaded on to the safety pins and arranged as a beautiful, bold bracelet in a rainbow of colours, but with that silvery edge to make it suitable for night time. Purchasing products such as these not only contributes to the local community in Africa, but is also a form of recycling, as the craftsmen and women use reused materials rather than using environmental resources that are rapidly depleting.
For a real touch of glamour, African artisans craft a number of gorgeous plated rings with three different kinds of metal interwoven to create a stunning finish, along with delicate brass earrings in intricately pleated patterns. Alternatively, there are a huge range of silver and gold cuffs in striking shapes and with amazing detailing to make a real statement whilst remaining perfect for sleek evening wear.
So, this summer ditch the floral patterns you’ve been wearing every year and embrace the incredible life inside African fashion and jewellery. Whether you’re attending a celebratory meal, chilling out by the sea or going clubbing, African artisans have created a wide variety of beautiful pieces to suit any occassion that are worth a celebration in themselves.
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