African men’s fashion style and design have evolved over the past couple of years. Thanks to the industry and resourcefulness of fashion designers on the continent and beyond, many more men are beginning to appreciate the value of African fashion.
This post highlights the best African men’s fashion style and design.
The Agbada is ageless. Its use predates many generations, and its value has not diminished, despite centuries and decades of civilization. Rather than get phased out, it is getting increasingly popular among young men in Africa and beyond. It is unarguably one of the most popular traditional attires native to Nigeria.
It is unarguably the most popular and trendy male fashion style in Africa today. As many as 9 out of 10 men have at least one senator style outfit. One of the reasons for its appeal is the fact that it can be made from absolutely any kind of fabric. It comes in a wide variety of colours and styles, which makes it the perfect choice for the average African young man.
Kente is a beautiful local fabric that usually comes in many bright colours and patterns. It is native to the people of Ghana in West Africa. Previously, it was worn exclusively by people in high positions like traditional rulers, chiefs and the likes. However, these days, its use has transcended age-old norms. Young and men alike now put this on as a symbol of their roots. Even though it all started as a kind of wrapper which is draped across the shoulders, Kente is now available as shirts and Jackets. For Ghanaians and other West Africans, this piece is a must-have.
Named after a famous Nigerian politician, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, this design is a not-so-distant cousin of the renowned senator style. Atiku comes in many patterns and styles and is suitable for men of all age groups. Atiku can be used as daily wear (as seen among the men of Northern Nigeria and several parts of West Africa), as well as a ceremonial dress.
The Maasai shuka is one of Africa’s most unique fashion styles. Its distinctive red and black stripes are indicative of its origin – Kenya, east Africa. Over the years, it has gradually evolved from local wear to a fashionable urban outfit for men. Nearly a decade ago, legendary fashion design brand Louis Vuitton made a collection that was inspired by the Maasai Shuka outfit.
This unique style is native to Ethiopia in east Africa. If you have attended ceremonies in Ethiopia before or you have seen their movies, you will have come across this design. It is the pride of the country. The quality cotton fabric often has beautiful hand-woven patterns and designs. Though, it is hugely popular and appreciated in Ethiopia, in recent years its appreciation has transcended the country’s borders.
Also, native to East Africa, Kitenge is one of the most dynamic. Its bright colours are an attraction for nearly all classes of men, and it can be made into any male style that exists. You have Kitenge blazers, shirts, shorts, trousers, and many more.
Dashiki is native to West Africa and has slowly become one of the choicest outfits for African men. Dashiki is simple and comfortable, yet classy and elegant. Whether you want to wear a simple pair of shorts or a long baggy jean on a heavy supra, Dashiki has something to help you complete your desired look.
It is the undisputed cousin of the Senator style. While the latter has nearly become a household name, the former hasn’t exactly lost its appeal either. Senegalese kaftan remains the choice wear for occasions for many men in West Africa today. These days, there are both short-sleeved and long-sleeved kaftans, giving people multiple options to choose from.
This attire is a product of the infusion of western fashion styles into traditional fashion designs. The Ankara fabric makes it appealing for westerners who love to associate with African culture, as well as for those who embrace contemporary fashion without losing touch of their origin.