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Hey beautiful people!

Today I’m bringing to you this simple ankara co-ord set which has the appearance of a flared sleeve pencil dress. I like the option of two piece sets rather than a seperates as it offers more styling options. For example, I could pair the flared sleeve top with some flared high waist bell bottom jeans. Or style the pencil skirt with a white crisp shirt.

Flared sleeves which (I’ve styled here and here) are all the rage right now so I thought why not incorporate this trend into Ankara African fabrics and boy oh boy, do I love how it turned out. In styling I opted for my brown obi belt and my blue ankle strap court shoes.

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I’m quite excited about today’s post as if you refer to my 2017 style goals, one of them was to invest in more ankara fabrics. And we all know, Nigerian tailors can be so unfaithful hence my trust issues and lack of ankara outfits despite my love for them. You know I have an aunt that knows how to sew (She made these dope trousers here) but she takes forever. Several years ago, my mom gave her one of her prized materials and till this point, it’s still missing.

Then there was this other time that a tailor promised me heaven and earth with my design, acted like she knew what do, messed up the style, my fabric and produced a dress that I could not even struggle to fit into. And then she had the audacity to say you young people and your styles can be so difficult.

But shoutout to Mummy Clara, who though not on social media, did a decent job with this one.

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Photography by Ruth Audu

In all honesty I think the best way to avoid tailor horror stories is to learn how to sew and 360creativehub offers sewing tools as well as creative spaces for all the dope designers and faithful tailors out there. If you are one, please leave a comment down below.

Now, working with Ankara can be quite tricky sometimes as the prints can be quite daring but this post featuring 5 ways to rock ankara pieces has got you covered. Also see here and here for more ways on how I style ankara co-ord sets in the past.

How would you style this dress or co-ord set differently? Any horror stories at the hands of Nigerian tailors? Please share them below. What trends are you currently incorporating into your ankara or African print fabrics?

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