An African shift dress is one of the best inventions in fashion. Shift dress styles are incredibly versatile: depending on the cut of the dress and the way you style your look, you can rock an adorable shift dress to any occasion.
It’s clear that Ankara fashion, beloved by Nigerian fashionistas, couldn’t stay on the growing trend, which is why now there are plenty of cute shift dresses with Ankara print for you to choose from. Here are 7 of our favorite looks from this year.
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1. Retro shift dress
Here is one of the best shift dress outfit ideas: by adding a pair of retro sunglasses and a white short-sleeved shirt, this fashion blogger turned a fairly ordinary shift dress into a fabulous vintage-inspired outfit. Pairing it with white pumps is the most elegant choice you can make, and the gorgeous hair adds a unique touch to the whole look.
2. Blue shift dress
The next African print shift dress can teach everyone a lesson on the right way to combine colors. This dress uses a minimum of shades to create a trendy garment that doesn’t require any standout accessories since it makes a fashion statement on its own. For the most adorable look, you can pair this dress with ballet flats or flat sandals.
3. Off-shoulder shift dress
Even the most daring fashionistas probably couldn’t imagine an off-shoulder Ankara shift dress could be an ideal look for the office, but in this look, it’s all about the accessories. Sure, the off-shoulder cut of the dress is rather sexy, but combining it with casual white sneakers, cute glasses, and a classic black leather bag is what makes it a perfect office outfit.
4. Ankara + lace shift dress
Often the most exquisite Ankara shift dress styles are the ones two and more fabrics, like the first one on our list, where a cotton white shirt is paired with a dress, or this look, which pairs Ankara print with another popular Nigerian dress fabric – lace. The result is an elegant gown that could easily pass even for a wedding guest look, as well as an outfit for more casual occasions.
5. Puff sleeve shift dress
If you’re looking for a more playful take on the traditional Ankara shift dresses 2017, a puff-sleeve shift dress is definitely the one to consider. The sleeves add a fun touch to what could have been just another short shift dress, and the high-heeled sandals with the matching bag take the whole look to a new level of high fashion.
6. Plus-size shift dress
One of the best things about the cut of any shift dress is that it looks very flattering on any body type. With a plus-size shift dress, you can make your curves stand out and show off your legs. The best footwear to pair with a gown like this is, of course, a pair of high heels – they will balance out the whole look.
7. Geometric pattern shift dress
Often a geometric pattern like stripes or squares looks too severe in women’s fashion, but this shift dress manages to gracefully avoid this undesired effect. Thanks to the vibrant combination of colors, the flirty off-shoulder cut, and the red open-toed booties, the whole look truly works. We also love the addition of the hat, which instantly makes the outfit much trendier.
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