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Follow Your Heart – Ankara and Fringe

I decided to dress up for The Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch hosted by Tall Society. On my way home I drove by this awesome mural near Union Market that read Follow Your Heart.

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What a fitting quote. I’ve been struggling with doing such a thing as of late and I’m finally making moves towards doing just that.

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I’ve had this ankara skirt by Chez Kevito for 2 years. I snagged the last of this fabric when I realized it was the same used by Stella Jean in an ankara skirt for her collection. The skirt Chez Kevito made is a dead ringer for the Stella Jeans sans the red trim.

I finally got to wear the Edward Fringe Heel I purchased a few weeks ago from Shiekh Shoes .

Size 12 Heels

An alternative to this heel is the Steve Madden Sassey

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Dashiki Mini Skirt by Chez Kevito

I love all things Ankara and my go to designer for African Print clothing is Chez Kevito. Whenever I go by her store there’s a new outfit I need to buy! During my last trip to her I discovered this gorgeous Dashiki Mini Skirt in a brilliant turquoise fabric. Dashiki fabric is actually called ‘Angelina’ fabric and its roots lie in Ghana. The print has comes in several colors and has been extremely popular over the last year.

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The skirt featured a wide waistband which flatters any waist. I loved how Chez Kevito pleated the fabric to create a skater skirt effect. It was perfect for my tropical beach setting. I paired the outfit with a beige seamless bustier by Felina.

I added maroon lace up chunky heel sandals and blue mirrored aviator sunglasses to finish the look.

dashiki mini skirtI love going to local designers like Chez Kevito because they can custom make garments to fit your frame and body type.

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Chez Kevito Ankara High Waist Mini Skirt

Ok, so I am a wee bit obsessed with all things Ankara. Ankara is the catch all title given to African Prints or African Wax Prints which are fabrics made in Holland or in certain African countries that feature vibrant patterns and colors.

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I wore several Ankara pieces on my trip to Barbados as the bold patterns and colors just blended well with the vibrancy of the tropical island.

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My local designer Chez Kevito is always there to help me with my Ankara fix and designed this stunning Ankara High Waisted Mini Skirt. The skirt is a vibrant red with yellow flower motifs and a navy trim.

I paired the skirt with a black strapless Felina Sweetheart Longline Bustier.

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H O D A R I Belle Wax Print Ankara Skirt by Li Li’s Creations

I fell in LOVE with this H O D A R I Belle Wax Print Ankara Skirt by Li Li’s Creations

The skirt is made of a Vlisco Wax print fabric in a vibrant design. I am so pleased with the quality of Li Li’s craftsmanship. This skirt is extremely well made and lined with tulle petticoat to create a full skirt effect which I absolutely love!

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I wore the Nasty Gal On A Level Heels in Nude which are available up to Size 11 !

As similar look can be achieved with Smash Shoes Mercedes Heel which goes up to Size 12 !

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Ankara at The Washington Nationals Park

I headed over to the boardwalk near The Washington Nationals Park after a day in the city. It was a pretty chilly day but I felt like wearing my Ankara Print Midi Skirt that had been sitting in my closet all summer. I purchased this gorgeous skirt from an Etsy store called The African Shop. The store is currently down due to one of the owners, Christelle, being ill. Sending positive vibes and well wishes to this talented lady.

The skirt has an inner lining and the Dutch wax print fabric is naturally thick so it did provide good warmth and that was also the main reason I didn’t wear it during the warm summer.

I’m obsessed with any African print clothing and have been slowly collecting unique Dutch Wax Print fabric pieces.

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I paired the skirt with my Nine West Kenie Sandal,  Calvin Klein Sleeveless  Tie Neck Blouse and my Gap Tall Academy Blazer.

Here’s how you can achieve a similar look:

Ann Taylor Tall Silk Tie Neck Blouse

Black Label by Evan-Picone Sleeveless Tie-Neck Blouse

J.Crew Tall Schoolboy Blazer in Black

Stella Jean Delfina Chain-Print Pleated Skirt

Therapy Palm Print Full Midi Skirt

Nine West Women’s Kenie Sandal

Nine West Authority Sandals (available up to Size 12)

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