You’re either preparing to attend a Nigerian wedding or you’re a bride looking to choose aso-ebi fabric and colour combos for your friends and family. Or, maybe you just want to add a new style of dress to your stash. So, you’ve bought your ankara or lace fabric and now looking for the perfect dress style to have your trusty tailor sew for you because you just have to serve a style you’ve not worn before?
We’ve got you covered – check out our curated collection of pictures of some of the most stylish wedding aso-ebi styles you can wear to any occasion and stand out.
For a wedding guest, finding a hot outfit to wear to a wedding is a lot easier when you see pictures of aso-ebi styles and designs you can show your tailor (for what to sew for you). Press play on the video beloe, to see the latest aso-ebi styles for Nigerian wedding.
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Why Nigerian Women Always Search for the Latest Aso-ebi Styles
Every stylish Nigerian or African woman, prefers cut-and-sew (custom-tailored) or couture outfits because she just wants her own dress to look different from the mass-produced ready-to-wear outfits or English-ready-made-dresses. To some, especially, non-Nigerians, this may be a good or bad thing, but that’s just how fashion-savvy African women are wired.
At many Nigerian weddings, friends and family of the celebrants are required to show solidarity, or better still, identify their closeness to the bride and groom by wearing outfits in coordinated fabrics and colours.
Imagine how a gathering would look like if every guest was wearing the exact, same fabric (colour and pattern) and all sewn in a similar design? Well, that’s why female Nigerian wedding guests are always looking for new dress styles and latest fashion ideas, in order to stand out in the sea of sameness called wedding guests’ aso-ebi.
After looking through all the stylish wedding guest aso-ebi styles featured in this post, you can’t run out of ideas of what to wear when invited to your next Nigerian wedding.
Our wedding guests’ aso-ebi styles gallery 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).
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