A little Fashion History from across the pond (Iro and Buba)

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Iro (Wrapper) and Buba(Top),  is worn  by older,  women in the Southwestern part of Nigeria.It came into prominence  In the early fifties to eighties.

The concept of a top and a wrapper is very popular all across the African continent, it goes by different names depending on the region and material used for the style. However, the particular style of Iro and Buba is very near and dear to the modern Yoruba culture.

The Lagos party scene helped in popularizing the style across Nigeria and Africa at large. Lagos state being the commercial hub of Nigeria is foremost in its fashion,  when it comes to Nigeria,  kinda like New York.

Also, Most Yoruba brides wear this on their wedding day…

The younger crowd was not  buying into the style…although in recent times fashion designers have found several ways of re-introducing the classic Iro and Buba in a more modernized style to appeal to the younger crowd.

Styles like  The Oleku

And recently the Tulip style, which is what I’m wearing in the above pic, is all part of the re-introduction of the classic Iro and Buba.

 

 

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Summer Dreaming…

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Obviously, Summer is almost here. Some people in colder regions of the United States are probably ecstatic over this fact, while others like me are mourning the colder months in a way.

If you have followed this blog long enough, you would by now have realized my unnecessary penchant for complaining about the humid,hot, sweat inducing Season we call Summer here, in Texas.

On another hand, it is an exciting season for fashion. Bold colors, Floppy Hats, Shorts etc and let us not forget, my fave, casual chic season! So, here is to summer!

My style here, gives us the classic Red on Black look but keeping more to my personal style of comfort and ease. Cat, on the other hand gave us Spring/Summer dreaming with her floral skirt paired with a Tank top and Heels.

 

Summer Dreaming..

Sunset…

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“And yet day and night meet fleetingly at twilight and dawn, And their merging sometimes affords the beholder the most enchanted moments of all the twenty four hours. A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder.”

A summer to remember