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Rock Super Stylish Ankara! Check out Style Inspiration from AwedbyMonica

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Patterns have proven to be an extremely important trend this season thus giving Ankara an opportunity to flourish. But now, It is definitely not your mama’s traditional skirt and blouse ensemble. We are now seeing it in cropped tops, high waist shorts, Peplum tops, pleated skirts etc.

Both new and established designers are now transforming modern pieces into African chic. And you should too.

Check out some style inspiration from yours truly on how you can rock new trends of ankara all year long.

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– In the photo above, I decided to put a little spin on one of my favorite Ankara pieces and make it totally modern.

I achieved my look by pairing a cool Ankara peplum top with summer torn boyfriend jeans. Boyfriend jeans are a super hot trend, they are comfortable, sexy and look awesome on almost all body types (if the lose-fitted jean look is not your thing you can substitute with a pair of torn skinny jeans).How to Wear Ankara in a Modern Way by Monica - BellaNaija - August 2013 (3)

It would be too predictable and almost too classic to pair this look with a classic pump – so I strongly suggest going with an ankle bootie or a very cool/edgy pair of sandals. Edgy shoes will totally compliment the raw look of the jeans.

Lastly, to balance everything going on with this look, I opted for a classic tote and sunglasses. This created a happy medium between the various trends and delivering a very modern take on Ankara. This outfit can be worn during the day or for a casual night event.

Check out other very modern, very cool ways to match your classic Ankara pieces with edgy pieces to create a modern look!

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An Ankara Shirt with bellbottoms.

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Solgane Knowles matching her Ankara with a very edgy beaded crop top

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Elle Varner, paring her Ankara with a very cool pair of neon booties

– The cool thing is that you don’t have to stop with just Ankara. Feel free to explore with lace.

How to Wear Ankara in a Modern Way by Monica - BellaNaija - August 2013 (7)It is totally easy to recreate these looks, the key is to think a little outside the box and forget traditional.

– By mixing opposites pieces i.e. edgy jeans with a classic Ankara top you are guaranteed to give it a modern touch. You could also just throw on a very cool dress or pant suit and make it modern with accessories, hair styles and of course shoes.
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Fergie

How to Wear Ankara in a Modern Way by Monica - BellaNaija - August 2013 (10) How to Wear Ankara in a Modern Way by Monica - BellaNaija - August 2013 (9) How to Wear Ankara in a Modern Way by Monica - BellaNaija - August 2013 (8) So trend lovers, how would you rock your modern Ankara look? Don’t forget to share any tips you may have on rocking modern aknara pieces. Stay stylish lovelies!

Photo Credit: style.com | tumblur.com | culturaltoast.wordpress.com | Atlanticpacific.blogspot.com
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Monica is a fashion enthusiast who owns a fashion and style blog calledwww.awedbymonica.blogspot.com, loves to inspire her followers on how to create effortlessly chic looks and has 15 years worth of fashion knowledge and experience from her work in the high-end fashion industry. For more information on her, visit her blog, email her at [email protected] or Like her onFacebook.

16 Comments

  1. Gorgeous

    October 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    me no likey!

  2. Bella

    October 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Nice..

  3. tito

    October 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    beautifull

  4. temy

    October 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    BN na wa o! U guys r slow with stories oo! I have bin refreshing 4 new update…still am not getting any interesting news….oga gan o

  5. Melikey

    October 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I’m soo over prints. Try other kinds of fabric na. Na so our own inspiration/talent reach?

  6. t.c

    October 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Only one meks sense hia and datz the 8th pix. Odaz r jst a joke

  7. #GISTville.com

    October 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m only in love with Elle Varner’s look! Nice boots!!!! I want…..

  8. becca

    October 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Nice and Boring, honestly i don’t get why Monica is the best person to be writing style article for bellanaija.com, no doubt she has an Ok style but not a fashion expert to give advice or tell us what trend to incorporate in our wardrobe in my opinion, must of this write up were copied from an article i previously read somewhere, i visited her blog i find nothing special about her style, just the regular and mix matched outfit put together with a few designer labels,
    Bellanaija need to look around for other 9ja fashion bloggers with something unique to contribute to this forum, just saying my mind i have nothing against the chic:)

    • Baba T aka T Baba

      October 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah….. Complain Complain Complain. Your opinion and my opinion. Full stop.. GBAM!

    • Ib

      October 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      LOL

    • corolla

      October 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      What about you send in an article

    • corolla

      October 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      how about you send in an article

  9. Gistyinka Blog

    October 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Whoa our traditional attire is now hottest trending fashion dress in Oyinbo’s world..

  10. JB

    October 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I do agree with “Becca.” While Monica does have an okay
    style she is indeed no thought leader in the fashion space nor have
    the credibility to author fashion insights to the BN
    audience.

    • Sexy Mama

      October 2, 2013 at 4:09 am

      So who should author it for you not to complain?? Anna
      Wintour…. I beg take chair and place yansh. Thanks!

  11. Inez

    June 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Really lovely chic looks.

    inez-mysmallworld.blogspot.com

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