In Nigeria’s largest city and fashion capital, there are boundary-breaking styles from tradition trends to international elegance. As well as style that pushes up against social conservatism. A thriving tropical metropolis packed with millions of fashionistas and tastemakers. That’s why it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what truly constitutes Lagos style, a city that is so culturally diverse. But that leaves plenty creative room for Lagosians to use local and global influences to birth eclectic stylish mix and trendy vibe. So, it’s little surprise that the city also has various prolific cultural and style influencers bringing new styles to mainstream.
The likes of Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi Uchendu, Rita Dominic, Jennifer Oseh – in their respective fields all shine a spotlight on the integral and latest Lagos fashion styles. When in Lagos, you’ll encounter the city’s own unique styles, so keep your keep eyes open if you want to update your wardrobe with a slice of truly Lagosian style.
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During the weekend, all year round, Lagos is a destination to lavish Nigerian weddings. Attending a Lagos wedding also means that you have to bring your fashion and style a-game. And you can hardly go wrong when you’re decked out in Agbada. This loose-fitting robes riga has established itself as the perfect wedding guest attire. A unisex fashion trend known all over Nigeria. Just ask around, and you’ll be taken the right tailors to create you some stylish custom-made Agbada fitting. We can’t help but crush whenever we see Lagosians rocking some Agbada.
If your wardrobe contains vintage and pieces, you’ll blend perfectly into the iconic looks of the city. Lagos is one of the most stylish cities in the world – Lagosians are artistic with fashion and always pushing its directions boldly and excitingly. There are the retro lovers, pairing vintage blouses, hats and pants to bring feel good oldskool vibes to the city. Lagos fashionistas love to wear classic clothing sources from the finest custom-tailors and designers, both local and international. Boldly mixes of timeless classicism with an eccentric Afro funk to create awesome results. You’ll be drawn to adorn yourself in a two- or three-piece suit after encountering this class of style in Lagos. Brand such as Mai Atafo or Thomas Pink have fittings with a Midas touch to take your look up a notch.
Denim and Tees
Jeans and a T-shirt is the all-time go-to easy classic outfit. And Lagos being the busiest city in the country with the tropical climate all around the year makes it fun stylish to wear one. On daily basis, you’ll encounter people in beachfront bars, cafes and restaurants, adorned in ripped and cut-off denims and the look finished out with some T-shirts or light blouse. Enjoy the city, fashion at your own discretion, of course.
Sneakers, Sandals and Crossovers
Nike, Adidas, Converse, etc. — you name it, Lagosians got it. International sneaker brands as well as local designed footwears like flip-flops and sandals. Lagosians are crazy for sandals and crossovers (Nigerian slip-ons), they are comfy and can be paired with almost any traditional outfit.
African Prints/Ankara Styles
From Dutch-wax to Kente and other African-inspired prints and fabrics in bright colours are hugely popular in Lagos as well as across the country. Lagosians are creating different fashion styles with multiple panels of contrasting patterns. Vlisco, the Dutch fabric manufacturer has been designing and manufacturing distinctive fabrics loved by African women since 1846. The specially crafted fabrics – Wax Hollandais, Super-Wax and Java. If you’re lover of colour and pattern, the city of Lagos will inspire you to indulge in the ankara diverse styles. Powerful and brilliance of use of African prints, a lavish luxury. Beyond Lagos, African prints and anakra styles has taken onto the international fashion scene. Global celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Beyoncé have also stunned in African prints.
Beachwear and Accessories
When visiting a city like Lagos, with its many beautiful beaches, fashionable waterfronts full of rooftop bars and restaurants, it’s good to take along a summer wardrobe. If you’re looking to tap into some beach fashion, we’d suggest beach dresses, flowy kaftans and sexy playsuits, beach shorts. And, finally, finish out the look with a pair of vibrant colourful prints, some cap and flower crowns for the ladies. Never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses, Lagos sun can be unfriendly. Shades and hats are essential items for a typical hangout in Lagos or beach party. As well as various designs and styles of bracelets and a necklace.