100 Latest Ankara Fashion Styles for Nigerian Wedding Guests

Looking for the latest ankara styles to sew as aso-ebi for an upcoming Nigerian wedding or special occasion? In this post, you will see pictures of over 100 beautiful ankara styles and native-wear dresses appropriate for female wedding guests. The featured ankara outfits are trendy and include different types of styles – long and short gowns, skirt & blouse styles, and trouser ankara styles. You’ll love them.

It’s the season of wedding parties and Nigerian women are (almost, always) checking complete fashion magazines and bella naija for pictures of slay queens rocking the latest ankara occasion outfits of the season. To ensure that you have more than enough styles to send to your tailor, we curated the best of this season’s unique ankara wears for you. Play the video slideshow below to see the dresses.


Ankara Fashion Trends

Ankara clothing is loved by Nigerian women as aso-ebi fabric, sewn into different styles and worn at weddings and special occasions. Ankara clothing material is also used to sew casual wears and other traditional or native-style attire for men and women.

On trend, it’s common to see ankara materials combined with other types of fabrics to give the outfit a kind of different vibe. So, we have all sorts of ankara mix, such as ankara mixed with lace material, ankara mixed with chiffon, ankara mixed with plain materials, and ankara mixed with denim or even jersey (aka t-shirt material).

Dress below is of ankara fabric mixed with chiffon, worn by meia personality, Toke Makinwa. We did a special style file on Toke’s best celebrity wedding guest styles.

OAP Toke Makinwa wearing Peplum Ankara Dress

woman wearing yellow ankara long gown and gele

Above: Fit n flare ankara dress mixed with plain material tailored by @tiannahsplacempire / instagram.

About Ankara Cloth: The African Fashion Cloth

Ankara is a a multi-coloured, multi-patterned cotton fabric mostly worn by Africans.  To non-Africans, they look like a piece of artwork on cloth.  They usually manufactured in packs of 5 yards, and sold that way in Nigerian and African markets.  However, sometimes, you can buy smaller pieces of ankara fabric, if the seller agrees to sell two and half or 3 yards to you.

There are many ways and styles that Nigerians and Africans, in general, wear their ankara materials, including the traditional single wrappers (iro) or double wrappers worn with blouses. African wrappers are similar to sarong worn by Indians, and women wrap it around their waists while men either wrap it around the waist or chest.  Ankara fabrics are also made into other types of beautiful outfits such as: ankara gowns or skirts and blouses, or even ankara trouser/ pants and tops. Both men and women use ankara fabrics to sew any type of outfit they desire. Sometimes, for occasion-wear, Nigerian men wear ankara outfits with the traditional men’s hat (fila) while women wear ankara outfits with statement bead necklaces and traditional headgear (gele) or ankara turban headwrap.

Most Ankara clothings in Africa are not sold ready-to-wear,  The tradition here is for one to buy a fabric and take to a local tailor to have them sew for you a style you pick out of a catalogue, magazine or website.


two women wearing green ankara dresses

Some History and Other Names of African Ankara Fabric

In case you didn’t know about the origin and history of this fabric, ankara is the name of the popular, colourful patterned, cotton fabric extensively worn by Africans. Ankara fabric is worn across Africa, and also well loved, especially because it is made of mostly cotton material, and so friendly to the warm African weather.

While ankara is known as the cloth for Africans, it originally was manufactured in Holland (Netherlands) and I think, England, hence the name ‘Dutch wax’ and ‘English wax’ by which our mothers and grandmothers call it. These days, ankara is being made in many other countries, including China and African countries, and also by numerous companies, apart from Vlisco (one of the Dutch premium ankara fabric maker).

Some Nigerians refer to ankara fabric by other names such as: print, ankara wax, or simply ‘wax’ or ‘English wax’.  While many African countries also call it ‘ankara’, other names by which this clothing material is known in some African countries include: kitenge and chitenge.

Outside Africa, most people (especially non-Africans) would refer to ankara clothing materials as: Dutch wax, Holland wax or just African wax or African wax prints. If you’re looking to buy ankara fabric from the USA or Europe and use any of those names, you’re sure to be handed one or be directed to where they are sold.


Ankara is synonymous with ‘traditional wear’ in Nigeria. Popular brands of this fabric include: vlisco ankara wax, uniwax, Ghana wax (ATL and GTP), English wax, Super Print, Hallandais/ Dutch wax, Nigerian wax, woodin print and a whole lot of other African print fabric brands.

Because ankara fabric is popularly referred to as ‘the African cloth’, one would think that it originated from Africa. Thing is, it did not – the Europeans were some of the first manufacturers  of the fabric we all now know as ‘ankara’. In fact, those regarded as the high quality or premium ankara fabrics are made in Europe.  Vlisco’s Hollandais is one of the premium ankara wax, and loved by Nigerian women, and generally African women) of all ages.

What’s Your Ankara Style?

That’s all, on the latest styles of sewing ankara/ kitenge outfits for Nigerian and African women. I hope you like them. How do you like to wear your ankara dresses to occasions – with or without a Gele headtie?

Also, tell me – which of the above in-vogue ankara styles do you like best? Comment below to tell me.  And, don’t forget to share this post with your friends – facebook it/ Instagram it/ tweet it/ email it.

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  1. Amazing designs

  2. these are wonderful styles. how do u even manage to put them together! well done u are found a great job. but please can you post trendy A shape long gown styles. thanks

    • Thanks, Notye. I am glad you like the styles. We manage to do anything for our readers – they tell us our featured asoebi styles inspire them to look hot and trendy when they attend weddings as guests.
      Noted, I have heard you and would keep that on the list of new styles to feature some time.
      Thanks for giving us a post idea – we love that.

  3. very lovely Ankara,our pride

  4. Hello Stella
    You are really doing a great work here, pushing our locally made design products for more awareness. Am a newbie fashion blogger.
    I like your latest ankara syles dresses, they are beautiful

  5. Beautiful designs…Ankara fashion is doing great worldwide

  6. Ubawuike Jeff nwachukwu says

    am in aba, where can I get original Ghana Ankara material at ariaria international market. I love the desighn

    • Hello Uba, I have no idea as I do not live in Aba. But, you ask young ladies and married women around you – I believe they will know and direct you to a Ghana Ankara seller in Ariaria market. Cheers!

  7. waoo! i love this mehh. i’m a fashion designer but still learning .i pray i’ll b creative in this way

    • Thanks for liking the featured ankaea styles, Oby. Amen for your prayers – you will grow in your fashion business to become the best.

      • Ma I like all the style, and I am a fashion designer but am have problems with new padded blouse when cutting it

        • Hi Tope. Nice to know that you like all the featured ankara styles. I believe that with some more practice, your skills will improve with regards to cutting padded blouses. Cheers!

  8. Oladele Sunday says

    wow you people are really doing great put more effort more styles please I need to send them to one my in fashion designer


  10. thanks for the opportunity given me.

  11. jimia rizik says

    I just love Ankara styles. Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing. Ankara inspires me a lot.

  12. They are beautiful, Kodus to Nigeria designer they are really doing great.
    More Ankara styles,

  13. Ronke ogundoro says

    Am glad with what people are saying about you,
    am also a designer , and am into tie and dye (adire)

  14. diana jeycob says

    i have a passion of making dresses though i have not gotten any training.currently in kenya.wld u please advice me

  15. Very nice styles

  16. Adediji ifeoluwa says

    Great work and well done Stella.they are just too nice.I love these.

  17. Please What those the blouse, wrapper, head tie and beads represent in Niger Delta culture?

  18. Jenny lawlah says

    These are so lovely and inspiring…. am not a designer though, am a cosmetologist.but I must confess, these designs are amazing…. keep up d good work.

  19. timmyhotshot says

    the dress is good and fine

  20. Precious Irene O says

    Hi Stella, they are all nice styles. Am a fashion designer base in Lagos , Nigeria. I must say this is the first I stumbled on your blog and it sure made a good read. Couldn’t help but share on my Facebook page. The pictures are so colorful and unique too. Bravo!

  21. Dennis Agelebe says

    I met a young talented lady of age 23 in Ibadan last year, she just finished her NCE at Federal College of Education Oyo and pursuing her direct entry to further in the University. I was so impressed by her creativity and wish I could project her, but I am just a Post graduate student in Europe. I want to link her up with creative minds and mentors in the industry in Nigeria. She is just operating from her parents house. Though the patronage is ok, i believe she needs to get out of the shell of Ibadan and move up the scale of exposure and networking within the fashion industry. I am a Lawyer, but i believe so much in seeing young minds getting up and doing things on their own rather than waiting for that corporate Job out there. Please let me know how I can link her up with you directly please…..I must add….i am in Love with this young girl i am talking about, but i wish to climb up the ladder with her in Life. Thanks…..God bless you.


  22. Pls I need a tailor in london

  23. goodday

    i like ur dress
    well done to ur work

  24. nancy winnie says

    Need someone who can design 4 me nice ankara dressess within kisumu have tried many people but they dont give out axact of what i need plz

    • Welcome to NaijaGlamWedding, Nancy. I am glad that you like the ankara dress styles we featured, but I don’t know any tailor within that area. Hopefully, you will find a better dress designer soon – just keep asking. Thanks

  25. I like to open the Ankara style

  26. Otiti khafilat says

    Gud day ma, I like all d styles dey are very unique & nice.well done for great wrk u av done

  27. luv those styles.am also a fashion designer just thru wit d learning and luking for where i can do my IT,pls can i apply.

  28. Clive Uche says

    Helo, I like your work , please I need a link to someone who is ready to supply me ankara in Nairobi kenya, I am opening a fashion house , Just for Nigeria products only.

    • Welcome to NaijaGlamWedding blog, Uche. We are glad you like our work. I have no idea about anyone that can supply you Ankara fabrics from Nigeria. Ankara is everywhere in Nigeria. I suggest that you find time to visit Nigeria and go to the local markets, to personally discuss with Ankara sellers – you are so to find one or more to buy bulk ankara from. Good luck at it, bro.

  29. Stella Omale David says

    waoooooooooo. I never knew about this. wonderfull nd nice styles.

  30. Hey where can i buy an ankara dress

  31. mrs Dorlyn katiyo says

    hi..m from zimbabwe..i jus to thank God for the blessed hands and minds that nigerian designers were given..ryt now in zim ankara designs are in fashion..the designs are jus out of this world..i love them..wl kip checking fo new trends..thanks

    • Thanks for that wonderful feedback, Mrs Dorlyn. Nigerian designers are sure talented and do some of the finest Ankara styles. We like that Ankara fashion has is gaining such a wide acceptance Worldwide, even among American celebrities – just like the Danshiki fashion from Africa is also gaining popularity in the USA. I also love Zimbabwean Ankara designs – they’re so unique.
      We have lots of other awesome Nigerian fashion styles pictures that you’ll love – click here to see them.
      Thanks for visiting NaijaGlamWedding blog. Send our greetings to the Zimbabwean fashionistas.

  32. YInka Yusuf says

    Lovely Blog, Nice Ankara will inform my Mum and Wife

  33. Good day Ma,

    I must say, this is the first time I would stumble upon a blog like this one. Everything is so put together, colorful and not to forget unique.

  34. great n savvy!

    • Thanks, Medyna. We’re glad you liked the ankara styles. Be sure to check out our other Nigerian wedding fashion lookbooks and tutorial videos – you’ll love them too.

  35. Ayodele Olasunkanmi Bukky says

    what a nice and beautifull style

  36. Ayodele Olasunkanmi Bukky says

    nice style

  37. ohenhen folake says

    They are all nice styles

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