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Isoken Ogiemwonyi: Be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest & Not a ‘Dress & Heels’ Girl




Christmas wedding season is almost upon us, and if you’re anything like us, your calendar is packed with back-to-back weddings. So finding the perfect outfit to wear to them all is critical!

Weddings can be problematic because:

  1. Not everyday dress and heels
  2. Brides can be sensitive about what their guests wear
  3. You have to strike a balance between looking ‘peng peng’ like my London people say but not over dressed, and low-key without being too casual. (This is debatable in Nigeria sha).

Whilst I can be a ‘the streets are your runway and weddings your red carpet’ girl, somedays the same old dress and heels combination can become quite boring, especially in the wedding marathon season.

Check out our picks for wedding appropriate yet fashionable picks for the ‘Not Just A Dress & Heels’ kind of woman:

A Statement Dress and Flats

We didn’t say you have to give up on dresses altogether! You can pair a cute maxi with flats, hey presto!

Discomfort disappears, or alternatively a detail-heavy dress like this fringe and contrast panel dress is enough of a statement to pull off flats, great hair and makeup and you’re good to go!

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Jumpsuit & Heels

I’m a sucker for jumpsuits. Rich colour, flattering silhouette and statement jewellery, and you’re done!

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A Coords Set

Print or plain coordinated separates are the new formal. They keep separates polished without being fussy and are easy to upgrade a notch or two with great accessories.

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Oleku Wrap

One of the most versatile pieces in a Nigerian woman’s wardrobe – this old yet new silhouette can go from a casual lunch date to yup, you guessed it – a fancy wedding. Just make sure your hair, makeup and accessories are SERIOUSLY #onfleek.

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As a big fan of the Blairs (Gossip Girl and Atlantic Pacific), I love a circle skirt. Pair with a sweetly detailed blouse like this Muse Factory one and your preppy meets ladylike look is complete!

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Models: Anita and Timeyin for Pages Models | @pagesmodels
Principal Photography: Adebayo Jolaoaso for ZAZAIICreate | @adebayophotographer
Makeup: Helen John for DARI | @darified
Styling & Art Direction: Isoken Ogiemwonyi for ZAZAIICreate | @theobsidianway
Hair: ZAZAII Beauty Rooms | @experiencezazaii
Looks: Nuraniya, Rococo, Ariaba, Raya Jewellery.
Shop the Looks: 

Isoken is Editor at Large of BellaNaija Style and runs Editorial Business & Strategy at BNStyle. She is also the founder of the award-winning company behind fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi brand store ZAZAII. She has been in the business of fashion since 2009 and is passionate about fashion, communications, native content and growing the fashion industry in Nigeria . She writes The Fashion Business Series to deliver actionable insight for brands in the fashion and creative sectors and blogs about personal style at A Million Pinks. Follow her on Instagram @theobsidianway @amillionpinks @experiencezazaii BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Style: @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Living@bellanaijaliving


  1. Ify

    November 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    The oleku!!! ?? BN, please edit the names of the models. They’re too beautiful to not be mentioned.

  2. Akua

    November 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    So fresh and bright! I love the cord set and that lemon jumpsuit – POW! The models are so happy! Love!

  3. Cam

    November 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Did NEPA take light before they started ironing?

  4. molarah

    November 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Can you make “best dressed list” with old-school Oleku? Just thinking.

    Love this article – its a fresh touch with inspirations to help us break out of the wedding attire rut.

  5. V Utuk

    November 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t mean to be rude but this collection does not attractive in any way. The silhouettes are rather boring, don’t necessarily flatter, the colours are okay (nothing special), the cut of that white floral dress or skirt is not really complimenting although I love the colour scheme. And the materials are a bit drab to suggest wearing to a wedding. I’m not one for the whole Nigerian idea of dressing ‘pass’ the bride which a lot of people try to do, but in my opinion this collection is not it (for me anyway). I wouldn’t let my friend wear like ballet flats to a wedding, no matter what flats make you look casual and bit childish although it can be playful and cute, I don’t suggest a grown lady to do that. *Coughs* my opinion!

  6. Abi

    November 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures, but please next time iron the clothes

  7. fancynancy

    November 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    @ V utuk i totally agree with you! this does absolutely nothing for me. Flats is an absolute no-no to a wedding, it dresses down even the best outfits and makes you look several years younger. The first maxi dress looks like a maternity gown,nothing flattering aboutit , not the silhouette or the color, the second dress ii am desperately searching for the ‘detail-heavy dress’ as described above. the jumspuits are too casual and the co-ord set looks great if you are going to drinks with the girls definitely not to a wedding.

  8. Fabulous

    November 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    That green dress just gives me life. I love it. Very beautiful.

  9. miiii

    November 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    yea iron the cloths and really no one in nigeria wants to go for a wedding looking like any of this

  10. Anon

    December 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    The Obsidian website is down. Maybe you should remove the link from the bio for the meantime

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