African print fabric is not only beautiful, it’s versatile too. As well as being made into traditional and casual clothing, African prints are perfect as an accessory too - they add color, cultural heritage and vibrancy to the plainest outfit. If you’re supporting a black-owned business when it comes to buying your African accessories? Even better.
Here’s some style inspiration on how you can add African print accessories to all of your outfits, whatever your personal style.
African Print Bags & Purses
Wherever you’re traveling, an African print bag is a must. You can carry all of your essentials easily, jazz up a comfy airport outfit and still manage to spot your luggage on the conveyor belt when you arrive at your destination. You can get bags of all shapes and sizes in African print, so whether you’re looking for a traditional twist on a purse for dinner and drinks or something that’s more heavy-duty for vacation, you’ll easily find your perfect match. Choose purple, blue or traditional prints for a truly African-inspired carry-on.
African Print Head Scarf
An African print head scarf or head wrap is the perfect way to add a touch of style and sophistication for an Afro-glam look on the go. Whether you’re wearing your hair natural, in a protective style or in extensions or a wig you can easily add a head scarf as a combination of practicality and fashion. A head scarf made from African fabric can be worn at home, for exercise, running errands or to protect your hair style at night. They look beautiful, whatever the occasion, and can even be worn wrapped around your bag or draped around your neck for a really versatile feel.
Face masks are definitely an accessory that no-one would have predicted being so prominent a couple of years ago, but here we are. Whilst it’s not necessarily a style choice (in as much as it’s totally mandatory in some places), there’s no reason why you can’t make this practical item into a fashion accessory by choosing an African print face mask to boost the look, feel and mood of your face mask. Bonus points if you manage to match your mask to your other accessories for a truly co-ordinated accessory style. Sometimes matching is the perfect style choice!
African-inspired necklaces, earrings and bracelets are the perfect finishing touch to absolutely any outfit. They add a touch of tradition, culture and heritage to any outfit and are a great choice when you want to throw in a little touch of African sophistication. When it comes to African-print jewelry, tighter fitting pieces like chokers, dangling earrings or tight fabric bracelets show off the fabric pattern and colours best.
Whether it’s with jeans, trousers, a skirt or a dress then an African fabric belt can be a beautiful, bold style choice. If you want to accentuate your waist or hips then this is the look for you - it’ll draw attention to those areas, even on the most colorful outfit. It can also be a great choice if you want to cinch your mid-section in a little. This works best with a thicker belt that shows off more African print and more of your shape. If you want a more versatile, less formal option, then tying an African print scarf through your belt loops can look a little softer than a tight belt.
Shoes and Boots
If you really want to make a style statement, then African print shoes and boots is where it’s at. Seriously, if you need to get noticed, this is the way to do it. From light touches on sneaker logos and laces through to full printed shoes and boots, when you wear African prints on your feet, people are going to take notice. It might be time for a pedi if you’re going to be drawing attention with your shoes, especially if they’re open-toed. Who needed boring shoes anyway?
Keep your hair tied out of the way whilst showing off your African style with a scrunchie or hair tie. Bonus points if it’s made from satin as this will be way gentler on your hair. A scrunchie is a great choice if you want to keep your African print subtle and understated, or you prefer to skip bandanas, head wraps or bonnets for something simpler.
Want to feel boujee, high maintenance and stay cool? An African print hand fan (such as a Bolga fan) is a great way to combine all three of these. If you’re travelling, the weather’s hot or you’re heading to an event where there’s going to be a ton of people then a hand fan can help you to look and feel your best. By using an African print one, you’re proudly communicating your heritage too.