How to wear African Print skirts

With Sunny weather around the corner, it's time to get popping with those prints and an essential for every woman's wardrobe is a print skirt, more specifically, an African print skirt. So we have compiled 20 looks with African print skirts and styling tips for you to help you with your summer print skirt adventures. Check it out, you will not be disappointed. And click here to shop some beautiful print skirts for yourself.


For the ultimate sunny day look, a bold, colourful skirt paired with a white tshirt or blouse is the way to go. This easy to put together look is breezy and fun, in the best way possible.

African print skirtA more formal blouse and a blazer will take African print skirt from casual to dressy which means you can wear it to a party or a more formal gathering.


Ankara skirt

Speaking of dressing up, African prints are a great alternative to your typical evening gown. Why not try a beautiful mermaid skirt with an embellished or lace top for your next red carpet style event.

Or if you are feeling really bold, go for a very full maxi skirt, and pair it with an equally bold and funky button down shirt and finish off with some unexpected accesories, like a hat or some statement earrings.

And since we're on maxi skirts, try combining two of this summer's biggest trends, African print and denim. That's right, why not rock your denim top with an Ankara maxi skirt for a look that is both bold and laidback. 

African print and stripesOr, if you're not a denim top wearing kind of girl, how about some stripes with your African prints? A classic western striped top pairs beautifully with most African print skirts. Not yet convinced, here's some more proof below

Ankara stripes

We think it's the perfect pairing of cultures.

scottish African print

And speaking of pairing cultures. We found out, by accident, that Scottish plaids also pair really well with African prints. The trick here is to pick same colours or colours in the same family

How about some Ankara skirts for work? We love a classic white button down top paired with a bold print skirt and finished off with some black accessories for the office

The same principles work just as well with a black shirt and black booties. Let the print skirt do all the talking. And to really up the glam on this work look, some statement making but not too distracting jewelry is the way to go.

Agreat alternative to the button down is a nicely fitted jumper, or cardigan or knit top. You can call it either of those names but there is no denying that paired with an African print skirt, it makes for a cozy and beautiful look that works very well for a day in a formal environment.

Not going to work today? Or maybe you work in the kind of environment where bold fashion and creativity is encouraged? Well the same knit top and print skirt combo still works in very bright colours and bolder shapes, like this beautiful fit and flare skirt with a bright yellow oversized cardigan look which we just love.

Or go for a combo vibe with a skirt that stands out a knit top that is OK to be in the background. Same bold and cozy effect, but you can play around with the elements

Somethimes, the power of a good African print skirt is in it's ability to stand out but this makes it hard to style it in multiple ways. Well never fear, a great way to create multiple different outfits with your African print is to pair it with colours from the skirt. So every time you style it, you pick a different colour from the skirt. Our model here has done it with the green in the skirt this time, but next time, she can choose the blue or the maroon. Same skirt, multiple outfits right there.

Alternatively, you can pick a different totally bold colour top and use some of your print to add detail to it, like a belt or pin it on as a brooch or sew it onto the edges, if you know how to sew that is. This way, you have two totally different pieces with the same print that can also be worn together

Not up for all that hassle, keep it simple and pair your beautiful skirt with a t shirt or a top for an easy breezy look that says I'm fabulous without even trying

Seriously, African prints skirts and tshirts are the ultimate in easy style and you can dress them up or down too suit multiple occasions

And to really add an edge, rock it with a pair of booties and a biker jacket for a hard strong finish.

Now if you really want to up your African print skirt game and take it to the next level, you need to pair it with more African print. You can play it safe and rock two separate pieces in the same print or you can be really bold and try your African print skirt with a top in a different African print. Trust me, if you pick two different prints with similar colours or similar patterns or different prints in the same colour, you will not look crazy. All eyes will be on you for all the right reasons.

But if you're not ready to go all the way big print, you can always pair your bold African print skirt, with a top that has a lighter print, like to tropical one shown above nd finish it off with some bad ass accessories. Either ways, you will be the centre of attention.

African prints skirts are beautiful, versatile and no matter what your size or style, you are sure to find one that fits you. So go on and grab your favourite African print skirt and style away. Be sure to tag @theankarahouse in your instagram photos. And click here to shop some beautiful print skirts



Our Inspiration

Started in 2009, Ankara House is part of the CJAJ09 Group, a family of companies that are committed to empowering women and telling the stories of empowered women.

Ankara House was born out of passion, and a desire to find one’s self. In a moment of uncertainty, AJ Taylor, our founder and creative director picked up a sewing machine and discovered a love for making clothes, telling stories and dressing women. Following on from there, she decided to combine all those loves into creating a fashion house that is all about women. Her chosen medium of African Prints speak to her roots, and is in honour of the woman who most inspires her, her Grandmother.

Growing up, AJ saw beautiful strong women working hard each day to build the lives they dreamed of, to care for their families, to stand up and be recognised and to be strong up right women in society. Foremost of those women were her own grandmother and mother and those women did all of those things in beautiful African print fabrics.

These fabrics are woven into the lives of resilient women, they are a part of the everyday lives of these women as they struggle and grow and face challenges and resist adversity to keep winning again and again. And it’s that legacy and heritage that the Ankara House seeks to carry on.

We want to dress strong women who are finding their way in this modern world. We create for women who are ready to embrace their uniqueness and create a new path. We dress women who are on a journey and who have a story to tell. Are you one of those women? Then join our family.

When you buy from Ankara House, you empower women in Africa and the UK who are a part of the journey to bring you these beautiful clothes and you enable this brand to make room for more of those women. When you buy from Ankara House, you can be rest assured that you will not only be receiving a beautiful handmade piece, but that you have made someone’s life better and are empowering more women. That is who we are and we invite you to join us.

Our Ethos

We are an independent fashion design house and clothing store that is all about making style accessible and fashion affordable for the sophisticated, hard working and discerning woman. We believe that culture and heritage should not have to cost that much and that clothes should be an extension of ones style, belief and background; a way to show who we really are. We aim to bring you beautiful, in style and on trend clothing at prices that won't leave you broke. Our products are of very high quality and we aim to provide the best customer service we can. 

Our designs draw from the beauty and sophisticated nature of European fashion mixed with the richness and ethnicity of African culture. Our clothes are a mixture of classic, vintage, contemporary and modern styles, which means we can cater to all events and occasions.

Our Services

Clicking the shop tab on this site will take you into our online store where we have a variety of beautiful pieces in different styles designed to fit different women and to cater for all occasions. All the pieces in our store are designed to fit beautifully into the modern women's wardrobe, adding an element of colour, print, boldness and sophistication.

Just to help you keep your personal sense of style, we offer modifications on most clothing in store, and we also offer a custom made dress service so just get in touch with us via email at

On our blog, and through our newsletter, we aim to share tips and tricks on how to create and curate a strong wardrobe for your life style. We do this by sharing style inspirations, outfit videos, look books and collaborations with bloggers to inspire you to put your best foot forward

As of 2017, in our quest to help you get more African print into your life and our effort to serve you better, we have expanded our offerings with the Zahara range, a line of African print home ware and accessories for your life. It's full of African print pieces that will fit right into your life and around your home, adding an instant touch of colour and culture. We have also launched the Ankara Life subscription box, a monthly box delivering clothes, homeware and accessories to your door with no extra hassle for you at all. Because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to live that Ankara Life and have all the print and colour you deserve. 

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