Week of Color & Prints: Day 1 (African & African Inspired)

De'Shundra Gibson

Posted on January 04 2016

Happy New Year style mavens! January is FINALLY here and we have a bit more Winter weather left. Before we know it, it will be Spring and color will be at an all time high. However, Winter weather doesn't limit the expression of fashion and the use of color or prints. One thing about style is that you can make it your own and intermix the seasons together in order to usher in either a new season, or showcase how well 2-3 seasons can make a fit so perfect. Day one (1) in our first week of the year, I decided to introduce African print and African inspired print to open the minds of today's fashion/style icons! 12201_10205258057872820_5154402377545172970_n  12472247_10205258106234029_7953989573892714825_n   9560_10205258057952822_58758778771697499_n The amazing and bold colors of the different African prints brings out more than color, but creativity. The ability to build on prints like leopard print, stripes, and dots helps with the transition flow of print to print or color to color. Adding denim, stilettos, pumps, colorful handbags, and popping lip colors helps bring in the print even more. 10577191_10205258057472810_340047261837587787_n In this particular look, Zara (zara.com) branded coat is paired with FAIR+true (fashion-conscience.com) Fair Trade African peplum top, Fiveunits PENELOPE (zalando.co.uk) slim fit jeans, Saint Laurent clutch, lipstick, and SOLD OUT Altuzarra Runway sandal boot. This look is very festive, yet season (temperature) friendly enough to wear out. 12039383_10205258057632814_9215406538427166803_n In this particular look, simple black turtleneck is paired with Idaya African print midi skirt (etsy.com), black thigh high  boots, and McQ Alexander McQueen belted crepe coat. The Tom Ford adds a pop of color allowing the mustard to transition with the blue and print, while the black acts as a neutral base.   In order to score your own African print, I've selected three (3) brands for you: 12507132_10205258059712866_1067442102777012809_n Stylista Ghana | @stylistaghana on Instagram 12510519_10205258060992898_6427451054151218433_n Zuvaa Marketplace | @zuvaamarketplace on Instagram 12507697_10205258061352907_3589145435421445423_n NANA WAX | @nanawax on Instagram I can't wait to spill the rest of the fashion tea for the rest of the week. Until next time!  

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