You are planning a trip to Africa. You want to look good despite the heat. You want to master that whole safari look. First of all, you are the luckiest person in the world. Africa is amazing and there really is no place like it. I’m not just saying this because i’m African but because it is a fact.
Secondly, you can easily be fashionable even whilst under the scorching sun – the trick is to let practicality rule and the rest will take care of itself.
Here are some fabulous fashion tips i found for the ladies. Read on….
#1: Your water bottle is now a fashion accessory i.e. take it everywhere with you.
#2: Sundresses: These are really the best solution when it comes to dressing cool and looking nice. In my experience, a lightweight cotton dress, vests and shorts are a must. A dress instantly makes you feel more put together and saves you the trouble of choosing sleeveless shirts to match shorts or cropped trousers. Dresses are generally easier to pack and wash by hand if necessary. That said, if you will be doing any hiking, cotton trousers are still needed, but letâ€™s discuss this later.
#3: Maxi dresses: A longer dress is ideal for African evenings when temperatures are cool and you sit around the fire reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day. Itâ€™s also helpful to have longer dresses on hand to respect local culture. Wearing any dress above the knee in Uganda for example is considered disrespectful and too fleshy. Chances are, your westernised self will stand out enough as it is, so donâ€™t make it worse.
#4: Cotton cropped trousers: If you are going on safari (which I hope you are!) or doing any guided tours in the bush, cropped trousers or cotton trousers will enable you to move freely and comfortably. Pair them with a floral print vest and you will look adorable and adventurous.
#5: Jewellery: Buy local! If you bring home any souvenirs, let it be lovely, handmade African jewellery. Leave your pearls, gold, and sterling silver at home! African jewellery is colourful and looks even better layered.
#6: A scarf: You might be thinking that even wearing a thin scarf would prove too warm, but you’ll be amazed. On really scorching days, i sometimes rinse my scarf with cold water and it really helps to keep me cool.
#7: Pack extras: If you have room to take more underwear, vest tops, and trousers, pack â€˜em. If you perspire more than usual, changing into fresh, clean clothes before dinner will always be a welcome comfort at the end of the day.
#8: As always, use an over the shoulder bag with a zip to keep your valuables close to you. Choose a neutral colour that will coordinate with your outfits, like grey or a soft pink.
#9: Donâ€™t forget sunglasses! Why not choose a pair from Sunglasses (www.sunglasses.com.ng, N5000 upwards) to look fashion forward and shield your pretty blues from the harsh sun?
#10: The rest is up to you. Pack light where you can. Remember a towel and have a wonderful time.
Welcome to my continent!