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28 November 2019 / leggypeggy

Fabulous fashions of West Africa

 

African fashionAfrican fashionAfrican fashionEarlier today I saw an amazing video clip of a fashion show in Africa (link at the bottom of the post). Maybe it was filmed somewhere outside Africa, but the dance, beat, clothing, enthusiasm and energy are all African.

A while back someone asked me about the fashions I saw in Africa, so I thought it was about time to share some pics. All these photos were snapped in West Africa in the first quarter of this year. The pics were taken from Ghana to Senegal. I have heaps more pics of fashion, but I hope these will suffice for now.

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The fashions cover both women’s and men’s clothing (only one of those). I was rarely able to ask people to pose for a pic so these were usually taken ‘on the fly’.

I so wish I could pull off one of these outfits. Do you have a favourite style or colour?

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  1. beetleypete / Nov 28 2019 11:38 pm

    When I lived in South-East London, there was a very large African community there.
    All your outfits could just as easily have been photographed on Peckham High Street, Peggy. 🙂
    I was always fascinated by the elaborately folded headdresses worn by the ladies, and wondered how they stayed on.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:41 am

      Australia is receiving more and more African migrants and we are beginning to see some similar outfits. I love them so much and I wish someone would teach me how to assemble one of the headdresses.

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  2. Vicki / Nov 28 2019 11:40 pm

    Love the dancing in the fashion show, but as to a favourite, well that’d be hard as I am the lady who always wears black, black & more black (& white).

    The first outfit seems to be the most elegant to me, but I do love the older man with the gold checked ‘cape’. I also like the lady with the yellow and brown outfit (with the yellow throw over her shoulder).

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:44 am

      I love all of them, but I think the red and turquoise one (on the left in the second pic) is my absolute favourite. Confession: I mostly wear camping clothes—khaki shorts and black merino tops.

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  3. Gail’s Snapshotsincursive / Nov 29 2019 12:39 am

    Color my world. 🌎

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  4. June Lorraine Roberts / Nov 29 2019 12:51 am

    Possibly the best fashion show ever!

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  5. fragglerocking / Nov 29 2019 1:18 am

    Colourfest! Love it.

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  6. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Nov 29 2019 1:31 am

    I wasn’t able to access the video but yes, these outfits are quite something. I would never be able to carry off something like that. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:53 am

      I couldn’t bring it off either. The video is lots of fun. Try a search on Youtube. Search for African fashion show and ‘World of Africa’. Hope that helps.

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      • Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Nov 29 2019 9:55 am

        Thanks. 🙂

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      • CURIOUStotheMAX / Dec 2 2019 12:29 pm

        LOved the photos and fashion. It’s interesting that my first reaction, too, was “couldn’t bring it off”, Started thinking about it and wondering if it’s because I don’t want to bring attention to myself since all around me are women wearing jeans, plain t-shirts and running shoes (mostly). I am beginning to think that here in Southern California we are all looking like the cars on the road – black/white/grey and can’t tell one model from another unless you see the logo on the trunk . . . maybe I should start wearing a logo on my “trunk” . .. .?

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 2 2019 6:35 pm

        I confess that I just bought two colourful bathing suits, so I’ll see if I can bring it off! But I’ll skip a logo.

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  7. afterthelasttime / Nov 29 2019 1:32 am

    Beautiful! My favorites are the first one and the man’s shawl.
    🦃Happy Thanksgiving!🍁

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:54 am

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too. That shawl is amazing.

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  8. dfolstad58 / Nov 29 2019 2:28 am

    I enjoy the colours and dancing in the video. Really did, btw my favourite colour is orange. I like it! I think it is a reaction to the years wearing dark colours at work, I started to rebel 🙂
    I also think it is a cheerful colour and I wanted to feel cheerful despite the health issues I had to deal with. Nuf said about that.
    thanks for the post!

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:54 am

      I like orange too. There was a time that I wore enough orange to be nicknamed Pumpkin Peg.

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  9. ralietravels / Nov 29 2019 2:37 am

    Love them. It’s a pity they are so drab. 🙂
    After a dreary U.S. winter, I always loved to see women wearing bright dresses in the spring.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:56 am

      Drab—hahahaha! Yes, spring brings out the colour in the landscape and fashion.

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  10. Chris Riley / Nov 29 2019 3:50 am

    The colours are so vibrant. I particularly loved the way the bright pink outfit emphasised the ladies ‘bootie’. If they say, “does my bum look big in this”, I get the feeling that it would be said with real hope that their ‘bum does indeed look big”. We could learn a thing or two from them I’m sure.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:57 am

      A big bum is a thing of beauty in Africa. Yes, we could learn a lot.

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  11. macalder02 / Nov 29 2019 3:58 am

    The photos, full of colorful, show a fresh and very casual fashion. As the shots are well achieved, you can enjoy a style very different from what one is accustomed to seeing. You can now offer your photos to the fashion house because they are fantastic. Regards.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 7:58 am

      Thanks so much. I love the fabrics and colours of Africa. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo.

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  12. crushedcaramel / Nov 29 2019 9:25 am

    We loved our time in Ghana – so beautiful, so colourful!

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  13. Gilda Baxter / Nov 29 2019 9:41 am

    Peggy, you have captured some fabulous fashion here. I love how colorful and fun they are, combined with the head styles these are gorgeous. The textiles look very light? I would love to travel in Africa one day.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 10:06 am

      Hope you get there one day. Africa is definitely a sensory overload.

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  14. Jonathan Caswell / Nov 29 2019 3:39 pm

    Many traditional patterns in fabric!

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 10:29 pm

      Yes, but sadly too many of the fabrics are being copied in China, so the African industry is missing out.

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  15. Jonathan Caswell / Nov 29 2019 3:41 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    FIGURES–THE WOMEN DRESS UP—-MORE OFTEN THAN MOST OF THE MEN! 😀

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  16. thewonderer86 / Nov 29 2019 6:33 pm

    No fave. They are all spectacular. Do people not like posing for photos there, or did you just not have a chance to ask?

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 29 2019 10:18 pm

      I took most of these pics from the truck, so no chance to meet face-to-face. When I can ask, I always do.

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  17. Emma Cownie / Nov 29 2019 7:24 pm

    Wonderful! There’s nothing better than bright colours in the sunshine!

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  18. Laurence Durand, Daily Inspiration / Nov 30 2019 12:55 am

    Wax pattern is really beautiful. I bought yesterday and i immediatly hypnotized by it.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 30 2019 9:39 am

      The wax patterns give such a beautiful result. I’m glad you like them.

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  19. chattykerry / Nov 30 2019 2:55 am

    I think I like the first outfit the best but they are all cool! Love watching the African passengers disembark with their amazing clothes. Makes us all look a bit sloppy. 😁

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 30 2019 9:18 am

      They certainly made me (in my camping clothes) look sloppy! 🙂

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      • chattykerry / Nov 30 2019 11:41 am

        You could never look sloppy, Peggy – what about your gorgeous legs??

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 30 2019 6:40 pm

        Trust me, I look like a slob way too often, but I’m comfortable and a dab hand at putting up a tent.

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  20. Ralph / Nov 30 2019 3:16 am

    The colours.! Dramatic Great photography as always.!

    R

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  21. derrickjknight / Nov 30 2019 3:36 am

    Splendid display and photographs. I can never pick a favourite

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  22. A Mindful Traveler / Nov 30 2019 4:22 pm

    Aren’t they just beautiful. Those tight fitting ones are really flattering to the figure. Gorgeous 🙂

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  23. simpletravelourway / Dec 1 2019 2:26 pm

    Fabulous post!

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  24. jeanleesworld / Dec 1 2019 10:53 pm

    The colors always take my breath away! They remind me of stained glass windows. 🙂

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  25. Weingartenpfirsichhof / Dec 3 2019 2:22 am

    We agree, the fashion of Africa is great, we did see this in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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  26. amandahoving / Dec 3 2019 10:21 am

    Beautiful photos! Happy to have come across your blog today!

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  27. Sartenada / Dec 4 2019 4:58 pm

    Very interesting fashion post. Colorful and beautiful. Thank you.

    Have a good day!

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  28. Zambian Lady / Dec 6 2019 5:41 am

    Beautiful, beautiful outfits especially the maroon and gold in the last photo. The only clothes I wear in summer are African attires except if I am going hiking. I have all sorts of colors and designs.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 6 2019 1:29 pm

      You should do a post on your fashions. Pretty please.

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      • Zambian Lady / Dec 7 2019 1:30 am

        I am the shyest person around, and doubt that I can post a photo if I would be recognized by the outfit. 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 7 2019 8:50 am

        I understand. But I still like the idea.

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  29. Sy S. / Dec 6 2019 1:42 pm

    Colors always get my attention, beautiful outfits the woman are wearing… and my guess not terribly expensive. It beats any torn blue jeans (but did see on one of your blogs men wearing them) some people wear. The Fashion Video is a delight to watch, different fashion styles, music and the DANCING!

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 6 2019 2:00 pm

      I reckon it’s the best fashion video I’ve ever seen. Such energy, such joy, such talent, such everything. I can watch it again and again.

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  30. kkessler833 / Dec 6 2019 2:07 pm

    Beautiful! I love colorful clothes!

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  31. barkinginthedark / Dec 8 2019 6:23 am

    i’m waiting for some fashionista to start knocking these off. they are so vibrant. we see many women wearing these lappas and pagnes here in NYC. continue…

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    • Sy S. / Dec 8 2019 11:11 am

      Here in NYC you can see many African people wearing similar clothing styles (seen in this blog) and for everyday chores (like shopping, appointments, visiting, walking and pushing baby strollers). And during Ramadan when gathering to pray and “breaking fast” (outdoors in parks), the woman also wear their best outfits (special occasions) including expensive bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. Especially in the borrow of The Bronx, which has a sizable Ghanaian (Ghana) population. However, along with their beautiful outfits they do not go barefoot but wear shoes… and no wonderfully staged fashion shows or dancing as seen on the video.

      Aside- Like LeggyPeggy I have watched the video several times already and enjoy it all!

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 8 2019 9:57 pm

        I can watch that video again and again and again. So full of life and beat. Glad you get to see these fashions fairly regularly.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 8 2019 9:58 pm

      Oh gosh, I hope the fashions get knocked off. A true compliment to the style.

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  32. shweta sah / Dec 9 2019 4:09 pm

    😍😍

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  33. Innerdialects / Dec 10 2019 3:12 pm

    OHMI and what a glamorous spread, colour rich and culture, I’m going to remember this post! Hey thanks for a gorgeous post. The world is more lovely than we even know.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 10 2019 4:45 pm

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. You’re right, the world is more lovely than we realise.

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  34. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Dec 12 2019 7:39 am

    Beautiful and exuberant, expressive of culture, respectful of women. I love the runway models, dancing down the aisle, alive and vigorous. I can’t wait to see these fashions, these women, on American streets.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 12 2019 7:16 pm

      Luckily we see some of these fashions in Australia, but I love experiencing the sensory overload in Africa.

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