Shirt is a common mode of fashion, especially for men, as it is worn everyday. Its purpose can range from office to formal gatherings, and even church. In African setting, as short is typically for the men, gown, skirt and blouse represent feminism.
However, in African churches, there is always a wide range of shirts being worn by men, with some having a representation of cultural and ethnic heritage. Basically, African men are reputed to be style savvy when it comes to donning in African clothings to social gatherings or even church. However, with the trendy style of fashion with African print fabrics, there are numerous kinds of shirt that can be made from these cloths.
It is a fact that style unites us. Irrespective of the culture, tradition, or custom, style breaks through every boundary and cut across cultures to unite us as African. Indeed, the journey to incorporating different African styles to mode of dressing is long thus far, but going out to events and church service do avail is the opportunity of embracing each other’s culture and nationality as a Black continent. That is unarguably the pride we have in our African wears.
Furthermore, these African prints have stealthily found their way into the fashion scene and continue to inch closer and closer to becoming a style icon in Africa by Africans, just like in the case of African church shirts.
1. Round Neck Kente Short-Sleeved Shirt
This type of Kente clothing is a relatively simple, round necked short sleeved shirts, always complimented with nice trousers. With a relative choice for sleeve types, the round neck can better go with short sleeves. A well cut and tailored shirt made from the Kente cloth is really nice to wear. This type of style can be worn to the church.
2. The V-Neck Kente Shirt
Obviously, this style can be pulled by any man. This is owed to the fact that it is simple, stylish and comes in both long sleeves and short sleeves. The neck line of the shirt is often decorated with well-crafted needle work to make it more stylish. It is just a perfect style to rock to church gatherings, as it exudes simplicity, yet class.
3. The Simple Collar Long-Sleeved Kente Shirt
In a bid to get the best of this design, the shirt should be made fitted to suit the body frame of the wearer. The shirt always have buttons fitted in front, all the way down to the length of the shirt which usually stops just slightly above the knees. A pair of nicely cut trouser would better complement this awesome look to church.
4. Ankara Tops
A shirt or tunic can be sewn with an Ankara fabric, thereby pairing it with plain-colored trousers or jeans. However, the tops can either stop at the waist region or extend to the knee, depending on the chosen style. Also, the sleeves can be made either long or short. Ankara tops always give room for versatility as when worn with other fabrics, a blend of modern and native wear is paraded.
5. Mix-and-Match Ankara Shirt
In a bid to achieve this fascinating style, the Ankara fabric can be matched with another plain-colored fabric. The beauty of this style is the ability to welcome creativity and engenders a mixture of colors.
6. A Touch of Ankara Shirt
This is can be referred to as Afro-urban wear. This style can stem from the idea of insufficient fabric. Hence, this is achieved by cutting a piece of Ankara and attach it to strategic points of shirts like, tees or bottoms. It could also be on the pocket, neckline or chest region. This style unarguably showcases creativity.
7. Ankara Suits
As going to church demands looking fabulous and adorable, donning in Ankara suits can just a magic of exhilarating beauty. The style a blend of westernization with Afrocentrism. Be it a full suit or a blazer alone, the Ankara suits styles are great ways to command decency in that “holy” gathering.
However, the suit doesn’t necessarily have to be the same color as the trousers. The jacket could be Ankara while the pants could be of plain color and vice versa.