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Every Sunday I teach at Sunday school and I admire the styles the children bring in every time.They are very fashionable and their parents take time to ensemble clothes for them, especially with the African Prints. Their styles are detailed and very fancy compared to adults.
I remember those times where all we wore to church and parties was “the popular european already made clothes” bought from the boutique but now parents are taking their time to sew, buy or order ankara prints clothing for their kids for different occasion not only church. The prints can be custom made to suit occasions like recitals, ballet dance, wedding, parties, school picture shoot etc.
I don’t know why, but children wearing ankara prints are extremely exciting to watch. Scroll down to see images of young fashionista’s wearing their african prints and designs with style-
My name is Louisa and I have an addiction to African dresses! Grab a drink, popcorn, and your wallet because you’re about to be exposed to 45+ amazing handmade African dresses with details on where you can get them.
I know from personal experience that there’s nothing worse than finding the perfect dress without knowing where to get it. It’s my goal to never leave you high and dry.
As you scroll through this epic list of one-of-a-kind African wax print dresses, simply click on the photos below to be directed to the seller’s store to get more information and to shop the look.
If an African dress appears to be sold out or not available, reach out to the seller. The ankara dress might still be available but not relisted in the seller’s store. It never hurts to ask!
Sadly I am not a designer or a seamstress so once these African styles sell out, they may be gone forever. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are my favorite African dresses that you need right now (+ links to where to get them).
Ready? 3, 2, 1 —> African dresses 🙂
*Please note: This post has been updated to remove sold out products. If you can’t find an item then it means that the product sold out.
SUPER FASHIONABLE AFRICAN DRESSES OF 2020
Like really! Who would not just want to have one piece of garment on without having to worry if the top and bottom matches? All you literarily must worry about is picking the right dress! Well, with African Dresses, there is no going wrong. Follow me and let us enter the adventurous world of African dresses that guarantees to inspire you.
1. CYNTHIA MAXI DRESS BY L’AVIYE
What’s not to love about this maxi dress? This ankara dress has the perfect balance of chic and spicy. From the bodice all the way to the high neck detail.
This African dress is a fashion-forward piece that depicts the strength and sexuality of the modern-day woman. This beauty will make this your go-to summer dress this season.
2. DEOLA MERMAID MAXI INFINITY BY OFUURE
Get ready to look like a queen in this gorgeous African dress. The choice is yours with the infinite ways to style yo mermaid maxi dress. Such an easy way to stretch your dollar one outfit at a time. P.S: This infinity style makes the perfect prom dress too. The infinity style and seductive neckline will make you the hottest chica in town.
3. FOREST LONG DRESS BY GITAS PORTAL
African dresses are a piece of art. And while we’re at it, let’s take a moment to admire the plunging neckline, waist belt, A-line silhouette, cinched waist, reversed box pleats, bell sleeves of this African print dress. And if you ask me, I’d say the colors, patterns, and style of this long dress is everything and then some!
4. PINK PARTY DRESS BY WITH FLARE
This flirtatious patchwork ankara dress will have people dancing to the beat of your music. This sweetheart halter dress packs lots of punch with a bodacious flare skirt. You’ll be glad you bought this dress!
5. THE NKEM DRESS BY HABBY STITCHES
This is the perfect African print midi dress to take your day from 0 to 100. The embellished details, sleeveless style, and classic neckline makes it is a classic piece in your closet.
6. FITTED BODYCON DRESS BY RAWK OUT TRENDS
Bodycon dresses are all the rave right now. Looking for a trendy, chic, and summery way to rock African dresses this summer? This fitted dress is a sure bet! Show your curves in this fabulous fitted printed dress.
7. PUSSYBOW BOHO DRESS BY KAHAARI
Shine bright like a diamond in this asymmetrical ruffle ankara boho dress. One thing that stands out is the alignment of the motif in this garment; you can tell someone did their homework to create such cohesiveness.
The style itself is terrific; it’s refreshing to have designs in African prints that cuts across several occasions. Not every time party cloth, sometimes smart casual! The necktie, and asymmetric hem make it perfect as a smart casual Friday wear to work. Style this dress with your favorite pumps, you’re set to set the office on fire!
8. OVIEYA MAXI DRESS BY BORIAH CLOTHIERS
The first words that came to mind when I saw this dress was elegant yet modest. It’s hard not to have so much love for this handmade goodness. The sheer detail, style and even colors is the perfect marriage of creative brilliance.
And as someone who owns a few pieces from this designer, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed.
9. THE COAT SHIRT DRESS BY KAHAARI
Collars in dresses are a perk that cannot be ignored. I love the beauty a standing collar brings to your neckline, and it accentuates the neck! Here is a collared and button-down dress with a long slit that create the illusion of longer legs. This wax print dress features a high slit design with two side pockets… It’s all in the details, my friends!
10. KASINMA MAXI DRESS BY ACE KOUTURE
You tell yourself that you’ll stop shopping when you find the perfect dress. With African print dresses, it’s a vicious cycle. There are so many perfect dresses. This button-down and belted dress got us oohing and ahhing.
You can match as a jacket on a pair of leggings and off-shoulder top, wear as a kimono on a black dress with all buttons flung open and rebellious or lay low and wear as a button-down dress with waist belt.
11. AMIRA MAXI DRESS BY L’AVIYE
You are pretty, no arguments! But some dresses redefine beauty by making you even more beautiful. I firmly believe this one is such a dress! Just look at the work of art, the necklines, pockets, waist belt, the color of the print, the fullness of the gown, and the length of the dress! This one is effortless, effortlessly beautiful!
If you’re not already obsessed with maxi dresses, I don’t know what to tell you. Eat your cake and have it in this elegant ankara dress with waist belt and elaborate pockets. Feel like a hopeless romantic in this chic dress.
12. KENTE MINI DRESS BY LA MODE AFRIQUE
Get on cloud 9 in this stunning asymmetric kente mini dress with exaggerated sleeves. Throw on a metal waist belt to cinch your waist and get ready to wow the crowd at your next big event.
Simple as it seems the design elements cannot be ignored. The dress communicates its hotness through the intelligent use of diagonal lines patterns.
13. TWO-PIECE ILLUSION DRESS BY NANAYAH STUDIO
You knew this was coming 😀 This list of fashionable African dresses will not be complete without some major inspiration from Nanayah Studio. There are so many wears to rock this unique style.
Where are the office girls? This is it! The ruffle on the lower part of this dress is an elegant element, that sleeve construction is one of those that’s hard to come by, the wrap style of the bodice is always a hit on all body types! Girl, this one is a must-have! Click add to cart and thank me later!
14. THE ANNIE DRESS BY OFUURE
Ofuure does it again with another ankara dress what will literally knock your socks heels off! Slay like there’s no tomorrow in this bad-ass loose-fit flare dress. Speechless that’s how this makes me feel. This is beautiful, elegance personified.
The fullness is what makes this a statement piece! Wear with flats or stilettos for a more dressed up look. You’ll be wearing this baby on repeat like you replay your favorite songs.
15. DETACHABLE SLEEVES DRESS BY BESPOKEBYGLORY
Just minding my business perusing Etsy for stunning African dresses (because that’s how I love to spend my spare time) and came across this detachable sleeves dress. My world came to a standstill. Seriously, why do African print dresses have to be so pretty?
Really! This mini dress got me waiting on my next paycheck like yesterday. #SorryNotSorry! And yes, ankara dresses like this is not for the faint of heart.
16. OHEMAA ABA DRESS BY AKESE STYLE LINES
Exude some badassery in the Ohemaa dress. The bold sleeves, major cold shoulder details, and vibrant print will make you a force to be reckoned with. Elegance, sophistication, and edginess all packed into one gorgeous dress.
17. STUNNING MIDI DRESS BY AMARYS DESIGN
Off shoulders are here to stay! This midi dress is classy and attractive, soft yet inviting. It features a single lapel, three-quarter sleeves and a fit and flare bottom that moves beautifully with each footstep you take.
18. THE KIKI MAXI DRESS BY HABBY STITCHES
Feel over the moon in this vibrant ankara maxi dress. Maxi dresses are always in style year after year so why not switch things up a little by rocking this African print dress? Super versatile for work, weddings and special occasions, and a casual outing with friends.
19. NOVA PARTY DRESS BY L’AVIYE
Talk about the African flare! This multiway ankara midi dress is a very chic way to take a piece of Africa wherever you go. It is super stylish without going overboard.
Want a dress that you serve you well for weddings, cocktails, parties and more, you’ve found a winner. And if I might add, this looks like the ultimate comfort summertime dress that is attractive, chic, and comfortable.
20. UCHE DRESS BY ACE COUTURE
A moment of silent for this ankara high-slit dress. Throw on a chunky waist belt and get ready to serve major hot sauce. Be the talk of the day with this single strap dress.
21. SEXY MINO DRESS BY TERESAMOON
The perfect cold shoulder dress for a day out or anywhere your heart desires. You’ll definitely get tons of compliments in this stylish ankara print. The impressions you leave will last forever.
22. SLEEVELESS ANKARA DRESS BY MY ANKARA LOVE
This body hugging deep V dress is simply a showstopper. It will accentuate your curves in all the right places. The peplum flare bottom adds extra pizzazz to your look. Make an even bolder statement with a super chic metallic waist belt which by the way is a must-have in every fashionista’s closet.
23. BOGOLAN AFRICAN SILK DRESS BY HOUSE OF SARAH
Remember when buba and iro (African print blouse and wrapper) were all the rave? They silky fabric never really went out of style with the modern reinterpretation of that style as a chic ankara maxi fitted dress.
These lightweight African dresses with exaggerated sleeves scream regal. The fitted silhouette and understated design make them banging hot.
24. PEARL DROP DRESS BY ZIZI BESPOKE
The Ankara saga continues with this unapologetically beautiful African print maxi dress complete with puffy sleeves. I mean what is a girl gonna do?
This pearl drop dress would make the perfect ankara prom dress this season. This maxi takes the gorgeous further with the two-piece illusion design. This is a masterpiece!
25. DAZZLING PATCHWORK DRESS BY WITH FLARE
I’ve always wanted a phenomenal African print dress and finally got it! I have and love this dress (p.s that’s me in the photo). This dress is everything and then some.
All about giving some cold shoulder in this one shoulder reversible dress. Patchwork on one side and contrasting African wax on the other. Who doesn’t love getting two for the price of one?
26. RIRI OFF SHOULDER DRESS BY HOUSE OF IZZI
Channel your brown skin girl vibes with this stunning free-form dashiki dress. Wear as is with a pair of heeled sandals or style with denim as the weather gets color. There’s no denying that you’ll hit the jackpot wearing this attractive African print dress!
27. MIDI SKATER DRESS BY ZIZI BESPOKE
Chic! Chic! Chic! Dresses are chic! This dress is very flattering, from the cute necktie to the circular bodice skirt, to that well-laid pattern on the bodice. Don’t forget about the stunning cuffed sleeves.
This dress gives a modern twist to a vintage look. Everything about this ankara fit and flare dress blurs the line between a retro and contemporary appeal.
28. OMOTE 2-TIER ANKARA DRESS BY FLAIR BY ASHI
The sexy wrap around dress will have you pulling out your wallet before you know it. Wrap around this peplum dress with included sash and show off your summer legs (or not). You call the shots but the former is our preferred choice 😉
This dress has a lot of exciting features, from the two-tier asymmetric peplum to the plunging V-neck and the length of this dress.
29. BELL SLEEVE MAXI DRESS BY FABULOUS ANKARA
Become the center of attention in this stylish African print dress with a free ankara headwrap. Conservative with a dash of oh-la-la all around. This layout of this print, the cutout detail on the shoulder, and flounce sleeve is the climax of this outfit. Just irresistible!
30. THE BUBA DRESS BY BORIAH CLOTHIERS
Loose-fitted shift dresses are always a favorite this season. Obsessed with this dress because the rhinestone details and loose-fit design make it perfect for a casual or dressed up occasion.
31. THE HAWA DRESS BY HABBY STITCHES
So much chicness with this handmade African wax dress. The boat neck, 3/4 sleeves, and maxi length makes it a conservative option too.
32. LEAF GREEN MERMAID DRESS BY ZIZI BESPOKE
The African print saga continues with this ridiculously gorgeous African print prom dress. The deep u-neckline and curves get all the attention but the cutout detail on the back takes the dress up a notch. All about giving romantic flairs in this mermaid dress. This mermaid dress is everything!
33. ENIOLA MAXI DRESS BY FLAIR BY ASHI
The amalgamation of breathtaking African print is the beginning of good things. What say you about Eniola off shoulder ankara dress with its alluring high slit and unique cold-shoulder neckline? Mais oui!
34. AYABA MIDI DRESS BY YETUNDE SARUMI
All about that dressed up look in this sweet and playful handmade Ayaba midi dress from Yetunde Sarumi. The gather and sensual neckline combined with the slimming style adds an appealing vintage flair.
35. BLACK DASHIKI DRESS BY RAHYMA
Another dashiki print dress because you can never have too many. The perfect African dress no matter the special occasion you find yourself. This sleeveless African print dress features high neckline and a classy high-low cut that is fitted on the waist with an A-line silhouette with hidden pockets. Rahyma does it again!
36. EMEM PENCIL DRESS BY BORIAH CLOTHIERS
You might have noticed a new trend of mixing wax print with contemporary fabric. Boriah Clothiers does this exceptionally well with her modern take on bespoke pieces.
The Emem pencil dress is no exception! This fully lined dress features clever touches of ruching on the sleeves, defined waistline for a slimming effect, and ponte details on the sides.
37. MODERN OFF-SHOULDER DRESS BY HINT OF PRINT
Simple is boring, said no one ever! This sexy kente print African dress by Hint of Print has my eyes set on this dress. A clean and simple bodycon dress with just a touch of African print frills will keep all eyes on you. Red is the new black!
38. MINI INFINITY DRESS BY OFUURE
In love with the high-low details of this ankara summer dress. The multiple ways to wear this midi dress will get you looking like a million bucks time and time again. The details of the beauty speaks volumes!
39. PROM MAXI DRESS BY BESPOKE BY GLORY
You will live in this African prom dress all day as you steal the spotlight! From the contrasting color block bustier to the elegantly layered mermaid hem with a short train.
Fashionable African dresses like this gown will leave the audience speechless as they gaze in awe of this dress. Oh! It’s made exactly to your requests too 😀
40. HIGH LOW ASYMMETRIC VINTAGE DRESS BY WELLWITS
Make a bold statement with this gorgeous asymmetrical African dress. Rock this chic damsel look whenever you want to switch things up. The light gather make this look so tasteful. And be sure to watch the video on this post to see how I styled this under $30 dress. Plus it ships free with Prime membership (free trial here).
41. THE HALTER NECK DRESS BY NASB STITCHES
A cup full of sophistication in this yellow halterneck maxi dress. Look like a tall drink in this beautiful handcrafted ankara print maxi dress because you deserve all the attention 😉
42. BOSA WRAP DRESS BY HABBY ROSE
Dress to impress in this stunner from Habby Rose. The brilliantly constructed sleeves give that je ne sais quoi to your ensemble. This dress is the perfect blend between mainstream influences on traditional African print attires. And just the perfect addition of vintage glamor to a modern day dress.
43. THE DASHIKI DRESS BY QUISTT
This 50’s inspired Vlisco Dutch Wax dress will have you wishing that your entire wardrobe was packed full with African print clothes.
44. THE DOLL DRESS BY ZIZI BESPOKE
This strapless flare doll is giving me the Carrie Bradshaw flavor. Did you know you can wear this bespoke dress in 4 different ways? Yu, you totally can. Get four styles for the price of one. You can thank me later!
45. THE EFE DRESS BY HABBY STITCHES
OMG! This dress is giving us so much life! The African mermaid dress perfectly features the most beautiful tube cut and flowy details. You’ll never want any other dress once you put this on.
46. LONG DASHIKI SUMMER DRESS BY VSHOP
I know this list says 45 ridiculously chic African dresses. I just could get rid of this hotness. The glamorous dashiki style will leave people trailing behind you.
47. SEXY MINI KENTE DRESS BY AFRICAN DRESS SHOP
This dress is a showstopper! Don’t just wear any dress, rock clothes that will turn heads like this sexy mini kente dress. The deep neckline, bold sleeves, and vibrant print completes this smashingly hot outfit.
48. THE MIRA MAXI DRESS BY HABBY STITCHES
African dresses are just amazing! What’s not to love about this ankara dress with matching head wrap? The colors, patterns, and style is everything and then some!
This was a difficult job narrowing down the best African wax print dresses down to only
45 48. If you want to get your hands on any of the styles showcased above, simply click on the photo to be directed to the seller’s store. I’m just a girl who has close ties to her roots with a deep admiration for African print dresses.
Keep in mind that most African dresses are handmade when ordered so they cost a lot more than clothes you’ll find at your local retailer. And be sure to read the cleaning instructions and follow the tailors suggestions to ensure the longevity of your one-of-a-kind African dresses.
You might also find this post on how to care for your African print clothes helpful. Special care must be taken to ensure that you preserve the life of this delicate fabric.
MORE ABOUT AFRICAN DRESSES & ANKARA CLOTHES
African dresses are so unique that big brands and retailers are beginning to introduce these styles into their collection. I hope you loved this post as much as I enjoyed creating it.
A big shout out to the ladies and gents who have made it their goal to serve us the best African print styles. My closet would be very sad if not for their handwork. As always, thank you for stopping by!
I love African dresses for a variety of reasons; one of which is the youthful feeling that comes with wearing dresses. The diversity in dress styles is another vital excuse to shop for African dresses. The ease of slipping into the one-piece clothing, and lastly the richness in the African print I know I cannot get anywhere else.
Interested in more African dresses and outfits? You’ll love these posts:
- Most Wanted Ankara Tops
- 15+ Wax Print Ankara Head Wraps
- 20+ Stylish Ankara Print Ankara Jackets
- Hottest African Print Skirts to Rock This Year
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