Top 100 Aso-Ebi Styles for Women: Latest Designs for Wedding Guests (Pictures Lookbook)

Thinking of what to wear as a guest to a Nigerian wedding? Read on to see the latest aso-ebi outfit styles that guests and celebrities are wearing to big Nigerian weddings. I’ve got lots of wedding guest ideas for you – whether you’re a guest or a bride-to-be choosing your aso-ebi colours and fabrics. These aso-ebi styles and designs will make you drool – all curated from the very best Nigerian weddings.  For a wedding guest, finding a hot outfit to wear to a wedding is a lot easier when you see a gallery of these latest aso-ebi styles and designs to give your tailor ideas of what to sew for you. Now watch the asoebi wedding guest outfit styles in the pictures slideshow video below.

>>Play the video above to see all the aso-ebi pictures
 

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Finding Your Aso-ebi Style is Now Easy

If you’re looking for great wedding guest dress ideas OR if you’re a bride in the middle of choosing your wedding aso-ebi colours and fabrics, look through our aso-ebi lookbook above, and you won’t run out of inspiration for that perfect wedding guest attire for your friends and family. Read on to find out how aso-ebi wedding guest dressing came about and the changes over time.

photo: bride's friends wearing red and gold aso-ebi colours
Photo by: Jide Alakija Studios (Nigerian wedding photographer, USA-based)
 

This NaijaGlamWedding’s aso-ebi lookbook collection in the above video consists of 100 pictures of the best aso-ebi wedding guest dresses, with great emphasis on the best of Nigerian wedding fashion, including the best aso-ebi styles from Nigerian celebrity weddings. The aso-ebi colours, designs, fabrics, patterns and styles are guaranteed to get you inspired for your wedding. Whether you’re the bride, guest or the celebrant’s family member, you are sure to find one, or even more, aso-ebi styles that you will love to wear to any big occasion.

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Meaning and History of Aso-ebi in the Nigerian Wedding Guest Fashion

Have you ever wondered where and how did this aso-ebi wedding fashion for guests even start? Here goes… Aso-ebi (pronounced “ashaw-aybee”),  is a social culture that originated from the Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria. By direct translation, aso-ebi means “uniform, solidarity outfit of the family”.  And, it used to be just that – reserved for the family. An aso-ebi is a uniform outfit worn by family members of a celebrant during an occasion, and it is a way for guests to easily identify the relatives of a celebrant.

So, you can say that aso-ebi is a kind of guests’ ‘identity card’ (literally) at occasions. Wearing of an aso-ebi WAS beyond fashion – it was firstly symbolic – a gesture by the wearers to signify their support and solidarity to the person who is celebrating. An aso-ebi is usually in the form of piece of fabrics and scarfs (for women) or caps (for men).

In the olden days, the main aso-ebi fabric were handwoven traditional fabric, asooke. Today, the aso-oke is one of the oldest Nigerian indigenous fabrics that is still widely worn in and outside Nigeria. The aso-ebi culture is largely responsible for the continuity, spread and innovation of the Yoruba aso-oke  and tie-and-dye handmade fabrics. Today, you can find wedding guests wearing aso-ebi in diverse fabrics – there are the lace aso-ebi, ankara aso-ebi and more.

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Wedding Aso-ebi Styles, Colours and Designs

photo: women wearing brown aso-ebi and gele
Photo by: Fola Lawal (Nigerian wedding photographer)
 

In the old Yoruba culture, while planning her wedding, a bride would choose the aso-ebi (colours, fabric, patterns/ designs and Gele headtie and caps) she wants her wedding guests to wear. Then she purchases several quantities of the aso-ebi, resells them to her guests, with a small profit on top to enable her raise extra money for her upcoming wedding. Out of this money, she also buys ‘thank you’ gifts for each person that purchases her aso-ebi.

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Comments

  1. I’m getting ready form my traditional and white wedding, how do I combine colors like red, gold, sea green

    • Hello Favour. Congrats on your upcoming traditional wedding. Here are some combo ideas:
      -Red and Gold for Bride: Gold top/ blouse and red wrapper, red Scarf/ Gele
      – Sea Green and Gold: Sea Green wrapper and Gold top/ blouse, with gold scarf/ gele, AND coral beaded necklace

      Soon, we would come out with a detailed post on Nigerian colour combination ideas – check back to see when it’s out.

  2. Alade Abosede says:

    Aso ebi is d best oooo

  3. Hi,

    Is it tradition for the brides friends and family to wear one colour and the grooms friend and family to wear another colour but both sets of friends and family to wear the same headtie? Or should both sides wear a different colour head tie?

    Thanks

    • Hello Tolu, the norm is to have one way or colour to identify each family side, whether it’s by Gele or by outfit – it’s your choice to decide. Any way is okay.
      Some people choose to have everyone wear same outfit colour BUT differentiate each side by the headtie or fila (cap) colour. Some choose to have each family side wear different outfit colours, and different or same Gele/ fila. It’s the bride’s choice that determines.

  4. I need to change my wardrobe to Nigerian style residing in south Africa Limpopo , where can I get you stylish cloths

    • Hello Jane, the usual thing we do here in Nigeria is to buy a fabric, then show your desired style to your local tailor and ask them to sew the dress style for you. That’s what most of our readers are doing with Nigerian styles we feature here and I know that South Africa also has some very good dress makers and fashion designers. So, bookmark this page and when you get to your tailor, show him/ her your best style(s).

  5. Donna rall says:

    I am an English lady and have been invited to an a wedding. Their colour is red and gold …can you help me please? I am a size 24 UK. Many thanks. I need this outfit by next week.

    • Welcome here, Donna, and thanks for commenting. Red and gold is one of the most popular Nigerian wedding guest (asoebi) colour combo. You can find styles to choose from by looking through our wedding guest lookbook here (click). Once you find something you like, show it to your dress-maker/ tailor to sew for you (s/he would make your dress to your UK size 24).
      Hope those tips help. Enjoy the party.

  6. I am a young Zimbabwean mum who loves fashion and residing in South Africa.Nigeria women I am in love with your fashion.My wedding will be Nija style.Well done to the nija websites.

    • Thanks, Nokuthula. I’m sure you’ll look very pretty wearing a Nigerian traditional wedding attire (because Zimbabwean women are gorgeous). I look forward to hearing about your wedding and seeing the pictures to feature here, if you like 🙂

  7. sorry ma is it possible 4 bridal trains 2 wear the colour of the dress of the chief bridemaid as thier shoe and also chief bridemaid to wear the color of the bridal trains as her shoe.

  8. Ms Yemisi Adigun says:

    I Am A Moderator (Alaga Ijoko/iduro) for Introduction/Engagements. Can You Choose Asoebi Colour With Gele/beads To March? Is There Any Price For That, Payment I Mean? I Like Ur STYLES. GOD BLESS U

    • Hi Yemisi, welcome to our Nigerian wedding blog. Thanks for your feedback and for your question. Of course you can match your asoebi fabric colour with your beads-necklace and Gele – that is naturally what everyone or most Nigerian women do. *I am not sure what you are asking price for.

  9. Please, how do i save a picture style from your look book?

  10. Well done for d features stella,how do i go about sending you my new lookbook.

  11. Ur combination is perfect,fire on.

  12. I see only ur styles on almost all d recent catalogues. Good work Mrs Nkechi

  13. Thanks for recommending NHN Couture!

  14. kasandra askins says:

    hi do you know if that blue bridesmaid dress or fabric with the fans is still available please send me an email. thanks

    • Hi Kasandra, thanks for asking. Any good Nigerian dress-maker or fashion designer can sew that blue bridesmaid dress for you. You can contact Mrs Nkechi of http://nhncouture.com (via their website) – she sells fabrics and also makes perfect Nigerian-style outfits (aso-ebi) for weddings. We’re a magazine website (not a fashion designer/ tailor) but we are very happy to recommend good wedding service professionals to our readers.

  15. Aso ebi is d best

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