Power OOTD: Working African Prints

A perfect starting point to add fun flair to your look

Entertainer Solange Knowles is known for rocking prints. These separates can add flair to your fall work wardrobe when paired with solid-colored blouses, blazers or other office-appropriate separates. (Image: File)

Are you a fashionista in love with bold, vibrant, and eccentric ethnic prints? If so, that makes two of us!  If you want to try something new, don’t be afraid of the myriad of colors found in ethnic prints. Embrace it.

I am particularly head over heels for Adinkra prints, and I so enjoy incorporating statement prints into any type of wardrobe for flair and fun. Prints are not just subject to spring and summer seasons. In fact, they are just as striking in the fall winter months with the right color palette and paring.

Rocking the bold prints with black is always a sure hit, but if you want to step out of the box try pairing the print with a dark solid color already in the print for minimalism that is not distracting. Avoid visual overload in a conservative work environment by not mixing multiple prints.

I’ve highlighted peplum tops that feature Adinkra prints to add to your work wardrobe not just because it is one of my favorite silhouettes, but because you can really mix and match peplum tops in bold prints from day to night without much effort.

Remember, keep it simple: Your statement top is the focal point of your outfit, so keep the accessories minimal.

Be sure to try some of these items to incorporate prints into your work wardrobe.

Are you a fan of wearing prints to work? Tweet Shea on @sheazephir and show off your best office looks incorporating the trend using #PowerOOTD.

Shea Zephir (@sheazephir) a bonafide Renaissance woman who balances diverse careers as a journalist, makeup artist and dancer. Whether she is compiling a story, doling out a makeup look, or crafting choreography, Shea always encourages the celebration of the black community, inspires self-examination, and promotes the positive portrayal of black women in entertainment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion and marketing from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and is a graduate of The Makeup Designory in New York, with a concentration in Beauty Artistry.

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