Nigerian Fashion Makes the Man

"I'm cut from a different cloth and they don't make that fabric anymore"
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Taking a peek into Nigeria’s fashion, they have culturally and modernly embellished their apparels by incorporating both traditional patterns and prints with present day styles. In Nigeria, as a voluptuous woman may represent wealth, status and beauty; a man’s fashion communicates the same thing.

The different styles and fabrics used are inspired by traditional garments such as caftans, fila hats, agbadas (formal robe men wear over their clothes), sokotos (loose fitting trousers) and bubas (loose fitting shirt with long sleeves). Depending on the culture in Lagos, whether it be Yourba or Igbo, the styles may differ slightly. For example, in the Yourba culture, fila hats are curved and in the Igbo cultures, the fila hats are straight with a pin in it. While the styles are important, the type of fabric holds much more value because of its rich appeal and decadence. The type of fabric can either make or break a man's reputation.

As time progresses, the accents and use of vibrant colors in suits have become very popular. Colors are no longer frowned upon or looked at with curiosity, but instead accepted with welcoming arms. As color does to both the natural and artificial world at large, it also applies to the world of fashion, it adds excitement.

To add on, in talking about Nigeria’s menswear, the more original and custom made garments are, the better. The idea of having your own pieces custom tailored, made from rare and exclusive fabrics would make you a trendsetter, trailblazer and fashion pioneer. As seen in the picture gallery above shared from Vogue Magazine, men’s fashion in Nigeria is taken very seriously.

So now lets actually talk about the garments. As seen in the photos, not all of the pieces look like something you would see walking down the streets of America and if you did, you may look back at it twice in puzzlement. However, these tapered, uneven and mitch matched garments may be acceptable and creatively loved if seen on the runway. The photo of the shirtless model wearing an all black sokotos, open blazer, and what seems to be a cummerbund on his bare skinned abs seems to be odd. It leaves the imagination to wonder, where else this type of apparel would be accepted. In similarity, the models wearing a stress (part shirt, part dress) with their bare knees hanging out, also gives off the same uncomfortable effect. 

On the flip side, the models wearing the suit styles seem to look very dapper, unique and fly. The debonair model wearing the two toned blue and black and white printed suit jacket, and the model wearing the black and red pattern tight fit pants with the flared tailcoat and denim sashed shirt, are examples of exquisite and extraordinary fabrics well put together. The richness in the fabrics used for the suit jackets are simply picturesque. While they are two toned and are a hybrid of different fabrics, the compatibility of the color and texture schemes make it work!

If any at all, which would you wear?