nigerian lace styles 2016

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Nigerian Lace Styles 2016

It’s always a lovely sight to see little children rocking African traditional clothes and equally nailing it. That’s why we’ve searched around for these super stylish African lace styles for kids. Today, children’s outfit can be made in different African fabrics. Whether it’s African lace, brocade, adire, dashiki, ankara African print, kente, and much more, it’s all possible.

Take a look at these 22 super stylish African lace styles for kids that we’ve put together so you can dress up your kid to always look amazing when attending that traditional event with you, going to the church with you, or to any other special occasion.

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Looking for the latest lace styles and designs perfect for occasion dressing? We’ve got the goods, including lace gowns and two-piece lace skirt and blouse outfits spotted on Nigerian fashionistas and some of our fave celebs at weddings. Scroll down to see all the styles. This post is divided into two parts – PART A presents 100 assorted lace styles for women of all ages and PART B features the trending celebrity lace styles.


PART A: 100 Assorted Lace Styles (incl. Skirt and Blouse, Gowns, Wrapper Lace Styles)


The above styles gallery features sewing-styles of the latest french lace, bling sequined lace, in-vogue cord lace/ guipure and many other types of current lace fabrics in the Nigerian market.  Also included are pictures of assorted lace aso-ebi styles, iro and buba lace styles, ankara and lace combination, skirt and blouse lace styles, long and short gowns in lace fabric, and lots more.  


PART B: 8 Celebrity Lace Aso-Ebi Styles for Nigerian Wedding Guests (The Slay Queens’ Edition)

1. Flared and Fitted Nigerian Lace Style Outfits with Headwraps

Toke wows in latest lace styles women
Credit: @bobang_m (left) photographed by @obiSomto | @tokeMakinwa (right) [via Instagram]

STYLE NOTES: Above (left) Bonang Matheba looks regal in this burgundy lace skater dress with three-quarters (3/4) sleeves, finishing her look with a cute, rose auto-gele. In the other image (right), Toke Makinwa stuns in a black fitted lace maxi gown with dramatic bell sleeves

2. Off-Shoulder Lace Maxi Gowns Plus Fan Gele Headties Equals a Perfect Wedding Aso-ebi

Two pretty women in maxi lace styles in nigeria


Credit: @topefnr (left) AND @bolanle (right) [via Instagram]

STYLE NOTES:  The pretty fashionista (above left) didn’t come to play with that floor-length off-shoulder long-sleeve dress with thigh-high slit/ split. We’re envious of her snatched waistline.  On the right side, Bolanle shows off her buffed shoulders in that blue and white patterned sweetheart-neck off-shoulder pencil gown with detached puff sleeves.


3. Lace Styles with Asymmetric Necklines Plus Gele Headtie Equal a Stunning Wedding Guest

two women stun in nice lace aso-ebi styles


Credit: @iniDimaOkojie (left) and @IhuomaLindaEjiofor (right) [via Instagram]

STYLE NOTES:  These pretty lace outfits (above) prove that asymmetric necklines and lace materials seem like a perfect match made in fashion haven.  As always, Ini Dimma Okojie ‘killed it’ with this turquoise and black spaghetti strap mermaid-style lace dress.  On the right image (above), Linda Ejoifor is all smiles and shows off toned arms and shoulders in that pink and black single-strap lace aso-ebi long gown with side-slit.


4. Lace Gowns with Dramatic Sleeves Are Head-Turners Any Day

Two ladies look radiant in fitted floor length lace gowns


Credit: @mimionalaja (left) and (right) [via Instagram]

STYLE NOTES:  Mimi Onalaja (left) certainly knows how to make a big fashion statement in a subtle way, that’s what that big, chiffon bubble sleeves did.  Mimi looks nothing but dazzling in that blue lace aso-ebi straight gown with ballon chiffon sleeves, accessorized with a simple gele style.  On the other side (right), Nero is giving us aso-ebi envy with that hot pink asymmetric one-shoulder pencil long gown

About the Lace Materials in Nigerian Women Aso-ebi Fashion

In Nigeria, lace fabrics are not only for tablecloths and curtains, but they are also a premium clothing material for sewing special-occasion-outfits. Outside Nigeria and Africa, most people know lace as the fabric used to sew curtains and tablecloths, and as lace trimmings on lingerie and fancy dresses. Other popular uses of lace by non-Africans include wedding dresses and some occasion wears. The case is different here, Nigerian women often wear dresses made only with lace material.  Lace is a staple fabric for wedding and occasion-wears and many native-style wears such as Iro and Buba, and Bubu flowing gowns.

photo of nigerian women in assorted lace styles and designs



What’s Your Favourite Nigerian Occasion-Wear Lace Style?

Lace is also a bestie for Nigerian brides-to-be (and grooms too). If you’re preparing for your wedding, the above lace styles are great ideas for the second or third traditional wedding attire. Some of those lace gown styles pictures will make a great reception dress for your white wedding.

Lace is a very interesting fabric, with loads of design and texture options, from guipure/ cord lace to paper lace, net lace and more. Even more interesting is how talented Nigerian tailors and designers create unique, beautiful pieces from even the sheerest/ lightest lace material.

Since dress styles change and evolve, we’ll try to keep this page fresh by updating with the latest lace style trends in Nigeria, so be sure to check from time to time.  If you like the outfit styles in this post, please help us share it on social media, so that more people can also see them. Tell your friends too.

That’s it from us on the latest lace styles that are trending in Nigerian fashion.  Play with those over 100 Nigerian lace styles to up your wedding guest glam.  Go ye and slay!  I hope you liked them? If so, please share this post with your friends – Facebook it/ tweet it/ Instagram it/ Pinterest it/ email it

What Are the Types of Lace?

Nowadays, lace fabric is widely used not only in bridal fashion, but also for finishing casual clothes, sewing evening or festive outfits, and even for lingerie.

Here are the main types of lace, which are extremely popular today:

  1. Chantilly lace is a type of lightweight lace (30-180 g/m 2) on a net background, usually with a floral pattern, outlined with silk threads. The name of lace came from French city Chantilly. This type of lace is a timeless classic. Sheer or semi-sheer, with scalloped edges, it is perfect for bridal fashion, airy evening gowns or overlays.
  2. Guipure lace is a heavy type of lace (70-400 g/m 2, wool guipure lace can weigh up to 800 g/m 2), which features a raised design. It does not have a net background like Chantilly lace, elements of guipure lace are connected with braids. It’s a great choice for casual and evening dresses, blouses, skirts, jackets and outwear.
  3. Lyon lace is a type of lace made of pure cotton with the weight of 90-150 g/m 2. This lace has a complex pattern, woven on a lightweight tulle and outlined with a cord thread. It is produced on the original looms, which remained from the 19th century. Perfect for a wedding dress.
  4. Corded lace is a type of lace outlined with a soutache cord, which creates a volumetric effect. The weight is 45-185 g/m 2. Choose it for a wedding or evening dress, for decorating of any attire or as overlay material.
  5. Embroidered lace is perfect for evening wear. The weight is 100-550 g/m 2. Lots of beads, sequins, crystals, ribbons, satin stitch embroidery and more create a festive look. It is extremely popular for fashioning haute couture gowns. Ideal for evening wear, bridal gowns.
  6. Lace applique is a piece of openwork material. The weight depends on a décor, with beads and bugles lace appliques can have the same weight as embroidered lace.

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Another classification refers to handmade laces and their production method. There is needle lace, bobbin lace, crochet and tatting.

  1. Needle lace. This type of lace is created with a needle and thread based on the pattern, usually applied on a parchment paper.
  2. Bobbin lace is made with threads, wrapped around bobbins. It is also known as pillow lace.
  3. Crochet from French means ‘small hook’, as the production process involves using a crochet hook when the lace is handmade. It also can be manufactured on a loom as strips of lace material, which will be sewn together.
  4. Tatting lace is a type of handcrafted lace, made of a series of knots and loops with a tatting shuttle.

Stretch Lace Fabric

Stretch lace fabric usually contains elastic fibers – spandex or lycra (elastane). Due to these fibers, lace has a great stretch factor and becomes durable. Lace with elastic fibers is absolutely versatile. Use it for sleeves, adorn your lingerie, decollete or use for multilayered outfits, coats, skirts, dresses and more.

African lace

African lace is a type of industrial embroidery on cotton, sateen, linen made by Swiss or Austrian manufacturers for the Western Africa market. European manufacturers decided to choose vibrant colors, typical for traditional clothing in the region. This embroidery looks very similar to guipure but it is not lace in the conventional sense. The name Nigerian lace, which is often used, is explained by the fact that Nigeria was one of the major export markets for Swiss companies. The other names of this embroidery are Austrian lace or Swiss lace.

red lace fabric

Pros and Cons of Lace

Laces are works of textile art. They bring beauty and pleasure to everyday life. Nevertheless, lace has both pros and cons. Here are the main of them:


  • Beautiful. It looks stunning and feminine, perfect for a romantic look.
  • Versatile. The material is an ideal choice for evening and casual clothes, finishing and more.
  • Airy. It is breathable and has a pleasant texture.
  • Festive. Casual clothes decorated with lace look stunning.


  • Fragile. It can be easily damaged.
  • Price. It is not a secret that laces made of natural materials by leading European manufacturers are expensive.
  • Transparency. It’s possible to use lace for separate elements or in combination with other materials. One may also insert a lining for more opacity.
  • Labor-consuming care. Dry-cleaning will be the best option, but a hand wash is also possible. Dry any garment with lace horizontally.

Properties and qualities

Lace is an openwork fabric handmade or machine-made. Depending on a type, its weight is from lightweight to heavy. It is breathable, sheer and may require a lining. The lace is soft to the touch, especially if made with silk, cotton or wool. With synthetic fibers it is more durable. Metallic threads add shimmering. The typical patterns are floral and botanical, but the design can often be geometric, ornamental, with stripes and waves, checks and paisley. The lace fabric is perfect for evening, bridal and casual wear, home textiles, lingerie, finishing.

corded lace fabric

How to Care for Lace Fabric?

Lace fabric requires delicate care. Dry-cleaning is preferable. First of all, check the care label before washing. If hand wash is allowed, choose a gentle cleaning agent, use cold water, and dry on a towel after washing. If the lace is machine washable, select the delicate mode, use a wash bag and mild detergent. In case of improper care, for example, if a temperature of the water is higher than recommended, shrinkage is possible. Note, embroidered lace is not washable.

If possible, try to avoid ironing. It is especially important in case the lace contains synthetic fibers, because they can melt. If you decided to use iron, note the lace should be treated very carefully. Put the lace on a towel and place a press cloth or a plain cotton fabric between the iron and lace. Choose the proper temperature. If you want to dry the wet lace with iron, gradually raise the temperature from cool to cool-medium. When the lace is almost dry, put the iron aside. To avoid stretching, dry heavy lace apparel flat.

Top-5 Lace Fashion Trends 2018/2019

Lace is one of the favorites among fashion designers. The 20 th century has finally brought lace into everyday life.

Coco Chanel: “I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin”.

Here are the hottest fashion trends for this and upcoming season:

• Lingerie inspired clothes. Dresses and blouses with lace which show the beauty of woman’s body are among the hottest fashion trends.

• Total transparent look. Lightweight Chantilly lace is ideal for sewing airy dresses. Made without a lining, it will be the last word in fashion.

• A tiered skirt. This year a voluminous skirt is on all runaways. One of the best ways to decorate its hems is lace trims. The most ultra-modern color for lace trims is black.

• Fashion looks, inspired by the Victorian era. It means that the romantic and feminine garments are very popular and it is impossible to imagine fashion runways without lace – dresses, skirts, sleeves and even shoes, covered with this delicate fabric. By the way, Queen Victoria adored lace and even introduced a new bridal trend – she married Prince Albert in a stunning white dress and veil, embellished with lace.

• 3d floral lace fabric. Without a doubt, flowers are the best motif for a lace pattern. There is a keen interest in embroidered lace – rose-like coiled ribbons, gauzy petals from lingerie fabrics, and heavy appliques on a delicate net.

lace fabrics

Famous Lacemakers

Europe is a birthplace of lace fabric. There is a long tradition of manufacturing with secrets, unique patterns and techniques. Some of the lacemakers even use the centuries-old looms. Here are the renowned manufacturers from France, Austria, and Italy with types of lace they make:

ManufacturerCountryTypes of laceUses of lace
Sophie HalletteFranceChantilly, guipure, corded, embellishedEvening, bridal gowns, ball gowns, overlay material
Riechers MarescotFranceChantilly, guipure, corded, embroideredExclusive evening dresses and bridal gowns, finishing
Solstiss SaFranceChantilly, corded, embroidered, guipure, scalloped lace trimsEveningwear, wedding and ball gowns, finishing
HOHAustriaGuipure, corded, sequinedEveningwear, casual skirts, dresses, tops, jackets, overlay material, finishing
Marco LagattollaItalySilk Chantilly lace, macrame, embroidered, lace trimsEveningwear, bridal dresses, lingerie, accessories, finishing

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