STYLES AFRIK DOES PROM SEASON 2017

So Prom and Graduation Season is finally here…..

This year we have had the pleasure of being part of some our young ladies and gentleman’s special day.

Traditionally young ladies and gents would purchase a evening gown and tuxedo from a department store or boutique, however in the last few years more of these same young couples are now choosing to be unique to add bold colours and prints to their end of year dances, to add some culture and history to dresses.

And this is where we come along, we make tailored garments to just for occasions like this. We have been so honoured to have been chosen to make these beautiful dresses for these beautiful young ladies and couples that we wanted to share some of this with you. As the season continues globally we will regularly been showing you snippets from what our ladies choose to wear on the day, all of which you can also purchase. We have also included images from ladies who have chosen our services for their pagents or ceremonial events.

The dress all the girls are wearing is the BISA Dress is different fabrics click here to shop:

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Please send us your comments we would love to hear your feedback, if you are reading this and have a Prom coming up or a big occasion then please visit our online store at: www. stylesafrik.co.uk where you can view all our designs.

 

 

 

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JUMPSUITS ARE BACK…AFRICAN STYLE

 

We say they never left !…….

Jumpsuits/Rompers/Boiler Suits have been around since the late 60’s , 70’s, throughout the years as always with fashion its had many makeovers.

In Spring/Summer 2013 Jumpsuits were re introduced to a new generation of fashionistas, GONE were the 80’s denim dungarees your mum got you to wear to school and IN were the one shoulder, off shoulder, strapless jumpsuits.

Then in 2014 we got hit with floral and patterns, so now you had jumpsuits in a floral print. In 2015 the boiler suit made an appearance. Forget your standard uniform boiler suits these were trendy and had flattering cuts that cinched in the waist to show the womanly figure teamed with accessories and some strappy heels or stilettos that was it for your night on the town.

One thing i love about a good Jumpsuit is its perfect for all occasions, you know that dress code ( Smart- Casual ) well a jumpsuit is perfect for that. Or if your going to a wedding, awards party, night on the town with the girls..with the right accessories and shoes its a wrap. We obviously will not focus on the matter of having completely undress in order to use the washroom. – Whoever said looking good was easy 

So as you all may know by now  i am an advocate for Bold Colours, Prints and Patterns so our 2017 Jumpsuit collection definitely had to incorporate this.

We currently have 3 Jumpsuit Silhouettes in our catalogue each of these pays homage to the jumpsuits from the late 60’s, 70’s, 80 and 2000’s ( notice we left out the noughts ) the less said about that decade the better lol.

So lets introduce you to Jumpsuit 1: OHEEMA CAPE JUMPSUIT- Meaning Queen in Twi Dialogue native to Ghana – Click Here to Shop 

This Jumpsuit gives a throwback to the 70’s/current trends, the use of the cape is very 70’s, then the one shoulder shows a bit of skin just to create that allure feel but not to much, the trousers are tailored cut and comes with a fitted waist to create a beautiful shape and silhouette. This definitely one of our favourites as seen worn by @kishmykurls. This design teamed with African print is amazing and can be worn to any event and is truly a showstopper.

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Jumpsuit 2 : SOFI OFF SHOULDER JUMPSUIT Click Here to shop 

They say the shoulder is one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body…so if that is the case why not create a jumpsuit that shows exactly that. The Sofi Jumpsuit has a big bold flare that simply skims off the shoulder then has the latest trend to come back from the 50’s and 60’s ( The cigarette pants )  so combine the 2 together and you have a jumpsuit that shows off not only those sexy shoulders but also gives the illusion of having long gorgeous legs.

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Jumpsuit  3: HALI DEEP PLUNGE JUMPSUIT  Click here to shop

Well this jumpsuit is not for the shy, 2016 was all about the deep plunge and we have carried that over into 2017. Teamed with tailored trousers, again this is one of those jumpsuits teamed with strappy heels with gorgeous accessories looks amazing definitely a show stopper.

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So this concludes our jumpsuit edition guys hope you liked it be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and designs.

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TOP 10: Red Carpet and Prom Dress African Style ( Be Inspired )

Hi Everyone

Today we are publishing Styles Afriks Top 10 Red Carpet and Prom Dresses Must haves for 2017.

This is no particular order, however these are some of favourites that we know will dazzle on the red carpet or at any event.

If you disagree with our top 10 send us comment and let us know what you would include in your Top 10.

So Lets Start:

No.1 : ENYA One Shoulder Dress – This is a New Edition to Styles Afrik only just launching yesterday but we know its going to be very popular. Fusing African Print with Luxurious Duchess Satin this will look amazing on all shapes and sizes. Click Here to Shop

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No 2 : LATRICE  PANELLED ARM CUFF DRESS – One of our best sellers the latrice is a very flattering fit using African print to create a curvy silhouette in the front and back of the dress and Duchess satin to smooth the sides of the dress. Available in over 70 different fabrics. Order your now Click Here to Shop 

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NO.3 OHEEMA JUMPSUIT – Another Top Seller, Red Carpets don’t always have to be dresses, this cape jumpsuit is definitely a show stopper. A very flattering fit with tailored trousers. Pair this with some strapped heels and watch them stare… Click Here To Shop 

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No.4 POKUA DRESS – If you love fitted mermaid strapless dresses then this one is definitely for you. Using African print for the body of the dress and then wait for it 2 layers of duchess satin for the lower skirt, with its long train hopefully no one will step on it out of pure jealousy lol

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NO.5 KAMILYA 2 PIECE fish tail dress – This dress is not for the faint hearted with its off shoulder sleeve and cross over top exposing a little mid reef we love this dress as it allows you to be sexy but classy. Click Here to Shop

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No.6  AFUA Strappy Mermaid Dress  – We love the silhouette of this strappy dress, with its low back and exposing thick straps low cut v neckline it is soo chic Click Here to Shop

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NO.7 SADE FOLD OVER DRESS – Raise you hand if you this shoulders are sexy…well we do and thats why we designed the SADE dress…With its fitted silhouette dress and exposing fold over top this dress enhances all the right features. Click Here to Shop 

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No.8 BISA Mermaid Dress – One of the first designs in the Styles Afrik catalogue this one is definitely a classic and the one good thing about classics is they never go out of style.

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No.9 LOLA Panelled Wiggle Dress – Lets keep it simple, lets show off some shoulders a little leg and some cleavage with this Lola Combination dress. Click Here to Shop 

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Last on the list:  NO.10 The AVA Maxi Coat and AKUA shift dress can be Worn Separately or together or you can also add our Cigarette trousers as well. Whatever the combination guaranteed you will look like an African Princess.

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So we hope you enjoyed our top 10 to view all the designs listed here visit www.stylesafrik.co.uk please leave us your comments at the bottom also.

Have a Great Day x

 

KENTE CLOTH INSPIRATION ( OUR TRIBUTE TO GHANA)

So as many of you may know at Styles- Afrik we love to use Kente Print in alot of our designs. So we thought today we would share with you the history behind the Kente Cloth and what each colour on a Kente Cloth represents.

So here is some history……

Kente cloth, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente is made in Akan lands such as Ashanti Kingdom, (Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Region) and by Akans in Ivory Coast. It is also worn by many other groups who have been influenced by Akans. It is the best known of all African textiles.

 It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of Kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans.

Meanings of the colours in Kente cloth:

  • black—maturation, intensified spiritual energy
  • blue—peacefulness, harmony and love
  • green—vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal
  • gold—royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity
  • grey—healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash
  • maroon—the color of mother earth; associated with healing
  • pink—assoc. with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red
  • purple—assoc. with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women
  • red—political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.
  • silver—serenity, purity, joy; associated with the moon
  • white—purification, sanctification rites and festive occasions
  • yellow—preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty

Legend

Legend has it that Kente was first made by two Akan friends who went hunting in an the Asanteman forest found a spider making its web. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen.

Styles Afrik Kente Designs

So to honour the 2 hunters here are some of the designs we have put together

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Winter Blues OUT and Winter Brights IN

So many of us around the globe are currently facing snow storms, blizzards or dreadful rain, however there is also a large proportion of us who are currently sunbathing in scorching temperatures. Unfortunately i am one of the many people living in a city that only experiences 2-3 months ( if we are lucky ) of sunshine a year and the majority of the time filled with either snow or rain….Have you guessed where yet?

That’s right the lovely city called ( LONDON ). So for those of you sunbathing right now or enjoying a nice stroll in the glorious weather [please spare 1 min to think about us while your sipping on a lovely cocktail with the breeze blowing through your hair.

So as i am sitting in the office drinking a cup of HOT Chocolate with the wind blowing outside and snow falling i had a thought!

“Should the weather dictate what we wear or should we dictate what we wear?”  So many of us wait until we see a little sunshine before we start folding away the Greys and Blacks in our closets. ( Why is that? ) Surely if you feel liking wearing Pink or Yellow in the winter then you should go ahead and do so and not be looked upon like a complete lunatic.

I never understood why retail outlets immediately change all of the colours in-store as soon as Autumn/Winter appears forcing you to wear Blacks and Greys and Dark colours.

Winter should not be about blending into the dark miserable greys of the clouds. So today i say lets stand up to the WINTER BLUES and and bring in the WINTER BRIGHTS.

Many of you who may know me know that i have always loved and appreciated colour and building Styles-Afrik has given me the platform to embellish on that.

I don’t agree that you should wear that little black dress to the party or the club , why blend in with 100’s of other women  surely those events are about standing out and bringing out your inner brightness.

So ladies and gents here is my suggestion every time you think about purchasing the same Black or Grey outfit think about this blog.

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If you like any of our designs and would like to see more please fill in the details below and we will forward you a catalogue.

 

African Print in the Workplace

Our topic of discussion today is: Would you wear African print to your corporate workplace.

For years we have been told that Dark Blues, Black and Greys are deemed as corporate colours that should be worn to the office. Some of you may decide to add a splash of colour with your blouse or shirts, but typically speaking even when you decide to vamp it up lord behold you are definitely going to get some comments from other colleagues who deem this as being too bold and bright.

So the question is should we be afraid to wear African print or bold colours and print  in our workplace for fear of either being type casted or ridiculed.

What are your thoughts..should we risk it an wear whatever we want to wear including African Print into the  workplace, it doesn’t have to be a full outfit it could simply be Ankara print skirt, blazer.

Send us your views in comments

Here are some ideas of what you could wear to the office

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HAPPY 2017 – CELEBRATE WITH 20% OFF ALL ITEMS

20-offNEW IN ( African/ Ankara Print Designs )

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AVA Coat with Matching POKUA Shift Dress ( Sold Separately ) Prices Includes Fabrics AVA Coat : £150 | $180 | Euro 176 POKUA Dress: £65 | $80 | Euro 76 If purchased as a set: £250 | $308 | Euro 293

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YAA Dress Including Fabric £78 | $96 | Euro 92

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AFUA Dress Including Fabric £125| $155 | Euro 145

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NEW YEAR NEW WARDROBE

So with 2017 fast approaching what do you have planned for your new years resolution:

  1. Take more holidays
  2. Join the Gym
  3. Give up Drinking, smoking eating those chocolate bars that you love

We have a suggestion for you, how about you throw away any items you have not worn for more than 2 years, all your greys and blacks and reintroduce some colour and patterns back into your wardrobe.

Styles Afrik designs are classic, contemporary and suitable for all occasions. Weather you want that special dress for a wedding, prom, the races, first date, date night or girls night out, we have something for you.

With our website due to go LIVE in Jan 2017 we are currently releasing our designs now and giving you the opportunity to place your order via using our simple order form and making payment via Paypal.

So here are afew suggestions that we have that help with all occasions.

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NEW DESIGN ALERT: (DAMA) DEEP PLUNGE AFRICAN PRINT MINI FLARE DRESS

Say Hello to “DAMA”

Our Deep Plunge Mini, available in over 80 fabrics, this dress combines classy with sexy and a hint cutesy.

Available to order to NOW. If you would like to receive an order form and catalogue  please complete your details below: img_20161220_164007

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BUSY BUSY BUSY

What an amazing few weeks we have had, with record orders received, our team are hard at work making all of your orders ready to deliver to you on time. Here are a few snap shots of our production at work.

We still have room for more orders to receive a catalogue please complete the form below and we will send you one asap.