Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Wearing Prints in the Snow: African Style- Blue Ankara maxi Dress

It has been snowing a whole lot in the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) lately and we have had lots of school cancelations. It was so cold last week that the kids went to school for just one day the whole week. I felt bad about the bad weather but I am grateful that we had good quality family time from lounging by the fire place and watching TV, just listening to music and playing the piano. I also took the kids to the library to get books which they read while they were home. My highlight of the extremely cold week was snuggling in blankets which is the best thing to do on a cold snowy day and this is the reason I decided to wear this long maxi print dress to Church last Sunday. It was so cold and snowy that I actually felt  like wrapping myself in blankets 😂 Then, I made up my mind last minute to wear this blue print dress which I custom-designed a couple of years ago. The dress is made from African wax print fabric which is popularly called "Ankara." Ankara fabrics are colorful yards of material usually with very bold prints worn by Africans or people of African descent. You can get ready made Ankara dresses, skirts or pants to buy from Etsy. If you want to design your own outfit, you can also buy Ankara fabric in yards and you can design your own sketch and make the outfit yourself if you know how to sew otherwise,  you can  send it to a seamstress to have it made for you.

I designed this dress to be worn in the cold weather months hence the long sleeves and maxi length. I purchased the gold tone rosette appliques that is on the neckline from the fabric store too including a piece of gold toned fabric that I used as the waist band. The dress has a full skirt with a zip on the side. It is a very simple outfit but very loud at the same time because of the bold color print. I accessorized the dress with black booties and a blue faux fur scarf and layered a pair of denim pants underneath for extra warmth. I tell you, it felt very good to wear this bold colorful dress in defiance of the weather and I instantly felt warm and snuggly. It is one of the unique pieces I own in my closet mostly because I made or designed it myself. I do not know how to sew though. I sent the fabric to a seamstress to have it made. Remember this post I made the other day where I talked about the importance of getting very unique pieces for your closet?

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