African women are beautiful; that goes without saying. We also love to dress up for every occasion with beautiful accessories to accentuate the outfit. Accessories have a way of transforming even the most basic of outfits into something which looks stylish and special.
Below is a list of accessories every woman should own. Our image selection is of those with an African theme but there are loads of other accessories to choose from.
This is probably the most important accessory every African woman must own. Many African countries have traditions that require women to adorn themselves with jewellery. Jewellery sets come with bangles, earrings, hair holders, necklaces and much more, and that gives you that sense of completeness whenever you are adorned in fitting attire.
Women’s dressing is not complete without the handbag to complement the outfit. There is a bag for every occasion. As much as we say we do not like having that extra load on us, the simple fact is that we are not complete without our bags or clutches. We have different types of bags to choose from. You can get shoulder bags, backpacks, baguette bags, clutch bags, bucket bags, duffel bags, totes and much more. It will amaze you to realize that one of these will suit one of those attires you have in the wardrobe.
What will make you complete if not fitting shoes for your outfit? Many women have a gallery of shoes. Shoes are a very important part of dressing that should not be ignored. Shoes come in different colors, and you are at liberty to choose one of these types of shoes for your next occasion: we have kitten heels, ballet flats, nude pumps, sneakers, wedges, high heels and brogues for the daring woman.
Do you think belts are only for men? Well, guess again. Belts for women have now become a fashion trend. They are now a ‘must have’ fashion accessory. There are a variety of belts such as casual belts, thin and metallic belts, wide elasticated belts nicknamed “the abortion belt” and the more recent obi belts.
Hats and Scarves
Not many women wear hats these days, but it still holds a good position on this list because it’s just too important. True, we may not need them for every occasion, but they still come in handy for weddings, racing events, church and other casual occasions such as going to the beach or having an outdoor picnic. Head Scarves however are becoming trendier by the day. In modern Africa, as we begin to embrace our ‘Africaness’, more and more African women are embracing the head scarf. These can be worn in a variety of styles and are a great substitute for hats.
It is a good idea to invest in some these accessories because by mixing these items in different ways with your outfit you can create a different look each time.
Remember the topic of this article? If you look in your wardrobe and any of these items are not in there, you may need to fix a date with the boutique.
Written by Glory Adebimitan
These are just a few of the most important accessories to own; can you think of an important accessory that we did not include? Why not hit us with your comments? We would love to hear from you.