Fashion & Style

12 Native Wears Every Naija Woman Must Have



I have discovered that some people do not know ‘jack’ about fabrics and their native wear wardrobe is as good as non- existing.

They wear blazers, suits, shirts, corporate dresses and pants to work during the week, tank tops and jeans on weekends. I am not just talking about people living abroad, but there are people like that in Naija too.

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Their first native wear might be their traditional outfit on their traditional wedding day or a very close family member’s Aso-ebi. Some people have never even tied gele on their head before *lol*

And I think it is necessary to infuse our roots/heritage into our closets as African prints and African fabrics are taking over the contemporary fashion world.

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That’s why I have compiled a small list of staples I think every African woman should have in their closets for that traditional look to work on Fridays or to worship service on Sunday as well as any event that you didn’t get their Aso-ebi but still want to rock and slay them elegantly.

Black Gele

black gele

Guipure White lace iro and buba

white lace

Ankara Jacket

Ankara top

Ankara maxi/midi skirt

midi skirt

White Aso oke(onjawu)




Silk and chiffon iro and buba


Ankara dress

ankara dress

Tulle lace fitted top and wrapper


Multi-coloured Aso oke

aso oke

Adire skirt and blouse

skirt and blouse

Do you agree with the list? What would you add or remove?


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    November 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    You should have said naija yoruba woman, cos I didn’t see any attire from another tribe. Hmmm, just saying.



      November 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Yes, for yoruba women only. Those attires are for them. The list does not encompass all tribes.



      July 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Yes that’s true. I am an Ibo / Ibibio and i would choose my trad wear over iro and buba. Plus with the boubou, not every one looks good in that. I think you can basically infuse in your wardrobe, some African prints, lace and so on without necessarily making it iro and buba….

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