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Hey Ladies, Quick Question; Will You Be Wearing The Agbada Trend For Women?



Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage

This is by no means a style bashing post, I am only asking because I genuinely would like to know your thoughts on this ‘agbada trend’ for ladies. Many celebrities such as Kate Henshaw, Tiwa Savage and Juliet Ibrahim have endorsed the trend, just like socialites Toke Makinwa, Toyin Lawani, Mercy Aigbe Gentry and Annie Idibia have equally rocked it.

Left to me, I’ll beg us all to just let this ‘trend’ go. Because I am yet to see someone who has thoroughly done it justice, or maybe I can’t see beyond the fact that I cannot imagine a better way to make this work.

However, if I am forced at gunpoint to make a pick, I’ll definitely take Toke Makinwa’s interpretation over the rest. Reason being that her colour choice was quite tasteful and feminine, invariably reducing the masculinity that is natural to agbadas. She was also smart to pair the cream two piece with a chiffon collar long-sleeve blouse, a gold statement neckpiece and bangle, metallic pointy shoes and a sleek updo. The outfit had such a clean and feminine palette in comparison to the rest.

Then again I’m only a man with just a theoretical and second person knowledge of womenswear, reason why I’ll like to know if this is your thing or not, and why.


Toyin Lawani

Toyin Lawani

Toyin Lawani 2

Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw

Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa

Mercy Aigbe Gentry in @avenoutfitconcept

Mercy Aigbe Gentry in @avenoutfitconcept


Juliet Ibrahim

Annie Idibia

Annie Idibia

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  1. Cmbo

    May 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm


    • kadara

      May 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Menswear for women has always been in and will remain in. The will just evolve over time to suit women’s frame further.. I love the Danshiki

  2. Asake

    May 28, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I prefer Kate Henshaw’s

  3. Ariyo

    May 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Sure I will definitely rock this but not in Toyin Lawani’s style tho. Mercy and Juliet killed it

  4. Lola

    May 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Nope definately not

  5. Clare

    May 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I go with Tokes style too

  6. onex

    May 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    NO… matter how beautiful you look it wont just fit you,as a woman and a budding designer,i cant even make this to wear,i only save their pictures to sew this for the men,especially the large agbadas,its only the cool and smaller one like toke makinwa and kate henshaw that fits ladies a bit,some call it dansiki


      May 29, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Actually, Dansiki is different from Agbada. Agbada is bigger and has extension whereas, Dansiki doesn’t have that big hand that can be folded like Agbada and designs in front differ.
      Btw, I’m a pear shaped shape but don’t think this will fit me

  7. xxxx

    May 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Thank u for this post.
    NO I won’t be wearing the agbada for women. It looks very manish to me still. And I’m still of d ol’school that don’t wear men’s clothes.
    I wish it would stop. But then again it might not disappear

  8. Las

    May 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    It’s a beautiful trend, but I always feel that there is something missing and that it looks ‘bulky’ on women. I think the first person who decides to deconstruct it would probably get it right.

  9. fan

    May 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Trash it.

  10. king Bey

    May 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    No don’t like the trend….Juilet and Mercy slayed it

  11. Simi

    May 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I think it’s cos you’re a guy but how will you pick Toke”‘s look over Tiwa’s. After Tiwa, Kate Henshaw comes next. Then, Juliet Ibrahim (though her hair does not suit it well). Maybe Mercy Aigbe after. The rest are just not it for me. But Tiwa killed it. From her slaying makeup to the simple jewellery, soft colour and her toned down hair. She killed it. I may try the agbada but if I want to pattern it after anybody’s style, it’ll be Tiwa’s. Please, I love her stylist/dressmaker.

    • Derin87

      May 29, 2016 at 2:59 am

      It’s really a case of personal style and opinion. Toke and Juliet Ibrahim did it justice for me. I wouldn’t be rocking this style, but they look good

  12. Halima

    May 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Kate’s style is best for me. I like it because it looks simple.

  13. Nnamdi

    May 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I really like it

  14. Iheoma

    May 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I actually love it! Though not meant for all body types! Toyin Lawani’s is a bit too jazzy for comfort.

  15. LemmeRant

    May 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    U ppl will just be stealing our fashion styles

    Is not like we have dat many options like you girls when it comes to fashion.

    Kotinu. Just kotinu.

  16. LemmeRant

    May 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    U ppl have come again.

    U will just be stealing the little fashion styles we have. All ur own fashion styles is not enough for you abi?

    Kontinu. Just kontinu. Smh

  17. Natu

    May 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    This is pretty dope!!! Toke and Juliet killed it!!!

  18. Natu

    May 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    This is pretty dope!!! Toke and Juliet killed it!!

    • Californiabawlar

      May 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Madam! You and this your hair ehn!

    • ATL's finest

      May 30, 2016 at 5:52 am

      @ Carliforniabawler abeg no kill me with laugh? u didn’t comment on the outfit cuz Natu’s hair was a distraction abi LOL. Anyway, Toyin over did it & hmm I don’t think it It will look right on me. Fashion is all about going out of your zone but then again, I don’t think I will give it a try. On that note, I PASS 🙂

  19. George

    May 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Style evolves from time to time and I think this is a latest evolment in Nigerian fashion…. It’s OK for those who know how to wear it well

  20. Eve82

    May 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    It’s all about the pants. Needs to be tapered and ankle length, and finished off with pointed toes pumps. That is the IT factor right there. Check out Juliet, Mercy, and Henshaw, see how their pants fit and compare with the others.

  21. Californiabawlar

    May 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I wouldn’t rock it…mostly because I don’t like or wear pants…not even professional dress ones and jeans is strictly a winter thing. Why on God’s green earth would I now want to forcefully incorporate another way to wear shokoto into my wardrobe?

    Now on other people? Well…that’s still a NO from me…hehehe. Think about it, the best looking one up there still doesn’t have the ‘wearer’ at a hundred percent of their potential…1. something still looks missing. 2. It looks like you’re trying too hard (there’s no way to make it look effortless) Or worse 3. it just looks like you’re clowning.

  22. Tilda

    May 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I was going to say no. But then i love kates one .

  23. Apples

    May 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I hate it!!!!

  24. Dee one

    May 29, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I really hate this trend and I’ve been wishing for it to stop but if I had to pick…hmmm…that of Kate is very simple so that wold be my first choice, if toke had on slimmer pants hers would have been my second pick but mercy looks great in hers and the worse is that of toyin cos there’s just too much going on.


    May 29, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Pls BN or Mr. Richard, Kate Henshaw has DANSIKI on unlike the rest in Agbada. Pls correct that error. Thanks

  26. nnenne

    May 29, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Kate Henshaw’s style?
    Oh yes!

  27. Ajala & Foodie

    May 29, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I think this will make a great maternity wear!!! I definitely would not mind rocking it

  28. Rosie

    May 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    No! I really don’t understand why women are by all means trying to be like/do things like men.


    May 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    It’s as awkward as the wearer! Kate’s version is how to rock and own it, Toyin’s version is how not to wear it!

  30. Me

    May 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Kate Henshaw’s is dansiki, not agbada.

  31. Mrs Haastrup

    May 30, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I love Toyin lawani better and for dumb and – lickers here,this is not Toyin or anyone related to her.

  32. Rhecks

    May 30, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I hate this trend and wish it would stop! Toke is a slayer for ages though. ..

  33. *curious*

    May 31, 2016 at 2:54 am

    For now, it’s a no for me.

  34. keeks

    May 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!! this trend makes absolutely no sense, i dont see guys wearing oleku or buba and iro, or Abaya. this trend i dont like one bit, kate’s look is by far the only one i can stare at for more than 10 seconds. toyin’s with the contacts and d hideous head armor. am sorry, its gats to go!!!!

  35. Freda

    June 3, 2016 at 2:46 am

    To be honest Toyin is all i see,her style is always dramatic and shes consistent with her edgyness,this is our culture and we all should be glad people are revamping it and taking it to the next level,The only style i see is Toyin lawani ,cause she did it in a way we all have never seen before,Alot of people dont understand her style,cause shes always doing her things differently, but thats what high fashion is all about,Nigerians are backwards,when it comes to fashion,They play too safe, so they dont get bashed,only the brave can wear it like my Rolemodel,i have too much respect for toyin ,when it comes to her style and Buisness sense,Damn she is too creative,toyin i have told you times without number,come to usa,they will worship your style,Nigerians dont apreciate your talent,keep up the good work dear,im following you all the way to the top.

  36. Yinka Ogunbajo

    June 27, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Love it! I love to wear pants and the agbadas look very feminine. Nice job!!

  37. C

    April 13, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Personally, I love the agbada. I have a couple that I have had for many years. I first started wearing men’s clothes when I wore my father’s dress shirts in high school. I have routinely worn African garb for 50 years and have worn the agbada with many compliments for the last 10 years. The more feminine approach to the agbada is very appealing.

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