Agbada for women came in as a major fashion shocker when it was introduced in 2017. The native attire got more criticisms than accolades as some people considered it an eyesore. But who cares? For fashion to stand out, it must be daring.
The agbada is a four-piece traditional attire and is commonly worn by the Yorubas in the South Western part of Nigeria. It consists of a free-flowing outer robe ( awosoke), an undervest ( awotele), a pair of long trousers(sokoto), and a cap(fila).
This outfit has been in existence for long and does not seem to be leaving anytime soon as fashion lovers not only in the southwestern part of Nigeria but all over the country and even in the diaspora are rocking it.
Modern fashion designers make use of different fabrics to give their clients, top-notch designs for their agbada outfit. This includes Lace, Ankara, Atiku, batik amongst others. Between 2016 and 2017, when the new fashion trend for Agbada came, the male folks thought they could ‘impress’ and ‘oppress’ the women with the various modern Agbada styles but the women expressly lived out the saying that ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better’ as you will agree with me that although the Agbada is considered a man’s style, the women slay better in it.
Experimentation is the key to developing great trends in fashion. The fusion of Western style with traditional wear has left fashion enthusiasts amazed; Agbada tops with shorts, leggings or jeans can be worn as casuals.
Agbada is classy wear but before the slaying, here are some important points you should consider.
- Picking your Designer: The level of expertise of your designer is very important. Patronise good designers that can deliver the best and make you look gorgeous for that occasion.
- Choice of Fabric: Not all fabrics are suitable for making an agbada. As a woman, consider the texture and weight of the fabric before choosing it for your agbada. This is to enhance carriage and reduce every form of weight or heaviness.
- Color of the Fabric: While men love their own agbada in solid and darker shades, your agbada gown should pop! Don’t be afraid to use bright colors like yellow, red or pink. Remember, the keyword here is to be ‘daring’.
- Embroidery: Go for simple embroidery styles that define your personality.
- Accessories: The fact that you are putting on a ‘man’s style’ does not stop you from using your accessories as a woman. You can slay your agbada on heels with matching clutches and jewelry. Some women even dare to put on men’s cap known as the ‘fila’. These give you a touch of class. Headgears aren’t be a bad idea too. Your style should represent your personality.
- Body shapes: Don’t be scared. The Agbada outfit can go with all body types. However, if you’ve got a pear shape or hourglass figure, blessed are you.