Style Collaboration: Make Your Ankara For Work A Reality

Style Collaboration: Make Your Ankara For Work A Reality

African prints popularly know as Ankara has gradually gone from the conventional church and party wears to becoming a fashion staple that can be worn to work.

Over the years, a lot of fashion bloggers like Princess Audu have styled this print to work and it has really grown to become one of the trending work wears. For me, I love its versatility and how you can incorporate it in different ways to work.

It’s best rocked for work if well styled with a good pair of shoes and a good handbag to go. I extremely love to wear Ankara to work because I get to own my fabric, design and style it my own way.

Which is why you home girl has her first collaboration with this beautiful fashion blogger YhItsChioma on how to style Ankara into the corporate life.

You can ditch the formal shirts and pants and decide to wear Ankara to work, formal meetings, seminars, and corporate events.

Beautiful Embellished Collar Dress from

Our First Look

For our first look, Chioma chooses to pair an off-shoulder crop top on an ankle length skirt with a purple pump. I couldn’t believe I could pull an Ankara off shoulder to work until I saw Chioma did this. I am so stealing this style.

On the other hand, I wore this ball dress that was made by . I was so confused on the choice of pair of shoes as I wanted something that will stand out and still match my dress. Hence the choice of color for the orange shoes.

Tip #1 To Styling Ankara to Work: Accessorize

Every fashion items need good accessories to match to make it fit. Spot my tiny belt to make the dress fit perfectly on my tummy. And Chioma styled hers perfectly with a smart portfolio bag.

Tip #2: Your Choice of Shoes

Never forget that you need those beautiful shoes to complete the magic.

Styling Ankara Into The work life

The right color of a lovely pair of footwear will always do wonders. Nothing beats a good pair of shoes. And when you style with the right shoes, you can boss into any room and stand out.

Our Second Look

For our second look, while I decided to go for this Ankara pants and a kimono, Chioma chooses a white silk top to match her pant. And to think we never planned the choice of outfit goes a long way to say an ankara pant is extremely versatile and can be worn in various ways. However you choose to style yours is totally up to you.

As simple as it looks, you may have passed a number of people before they’d realize it’s an African prints you are wearing.

Kimono Jacket from

Tip #3: Match With Modern Wears

Always match with modern wears. When you can easily style your Ankara with modern wear, it will be hard to tell you are wearing one.

Ankara Palazzo Pant and Kimono Jacket

While being smart in your lovely pumps, wear a beautiful smile. It’s the greatest accessory you can own.

Which of these looks would you prefer? Are you a fan of styling Ankara to Work? How would you style yours? Where else would you style this look to?

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  1. Mide
    February 8, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Love both your prints and shoes! Imma shoe freak😍
    The tips made perfect sense too, especially the last one.
    Thanks for sharing and more of this please!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      I’m glad you love it, Mide. More is coming. And we can have a collaboration sometimes soon, too.

  2. Hameedah
    February 8, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Lovely post debs. I’m also just trying to figure out ways to style my Ankara because i somehow got tired of them. Good stuff here .

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      I can imagine dear, I get stuck most times too. But once that Ankara fever enters me, no stopping me, lols.

      Thanks for stopping by, Meedah.

  3. February 8, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    I loved the looks with the ankara pants ! Not a fan of syling ankara to work, but this post might just change my mind.
    It looks like something that would work to Church too.
    Lovely post 🙂

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Hi Benita, yes you should change your mind already. All you just need to do is to style it like you are styling your regular corporate wears.

      Interestingly, Church is where all my Aso Ebi laces go to, you know those ones you can’t always wear anywhere else. So I always leave Ankara for work.

      Thanks for stopping by dear,

  4. Tamunotonye Barimalaa
    February 8, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I love both looks, I could rock the dress to work at the same time a dinner event, I would wear an Ankara pants everyday if I could, overall I love the last look more, you and chioma styled Ankara pants in a your unique styles btw your shoes 😍 – can you show us more of your shoes, I noticed you have a thing for shoes. Lovely post all the same!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      From the look of things, I think I am going to make more ankara pants with all my fabrics, it just make fashion easier. I’m glad you liked it, Tonye. And yes, I love shoes. I hope I don’t end up building a shoe closet with all my money.

      Thanks dear.

  5. February 8, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    I am just here thinking up ways to make lots of Pallazo pants using Ankara fabrics. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, maybe it’s time to get started with it!

    Great post, as usual. You both look really good and rocked the styles well. Weldone.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Yes yes please do. It’s going to be bestseller 😉😉 Thanks darling

  6. February 8, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    The Pants though. BEAUTIFUL! You both look amazing.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 8, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you Seky ❤️❤️

  7. February 11, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    I love all the outfits especially the first dress you wore, fits you perfectly.
    I haven’t worked in a corporate organisation yet, but I don’t mind trying this someday.

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 11, 2018 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks Brownie, glad you loved it. You can try styling to a corporate event or dinner to see how it would look.

  8. February 13, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I love the second look. The kimono with the Ankara pants. Perfect!

    • Akingboye Deborah
      February 13, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Everyone loves that look more. Imagine all the beautiful style you can create with Ankara.

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