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Today, it’s a day of African fashion here and for a fact, a day in West Africa. West Africa is so loved because of their great traditional attires which they hold on each day as a symbol of preserving their culture. Right from the Senegalese Batakari outfit or the smock dress in Ghana, to the Nigerian Asoebi.
So yeah…I am in Nigeria today! Worldwide, Nigerians are loved for their great sense of fashion; from the famous gele, to Ankara, to the men’s buba and much more outfits. They know how to rock this just as they were born for it so why not ape them???
Since shirt and T-shirt dresses came into fashion, I’ve loved them…and what’s more is that I got a killer one in my closet! It’s nothing else but a white Nigerian Buba! Drumrolls please!!! In Nigeria, the Buba is worn across all genders but styled differently. When it comes to women, they’ll embrace the ‘Iro and Buba’ outfit that have been designed more more stylishly with different gorgeous silk and chiffon patterns being put to play for a bunch of designs. The Buba is basically worn like a Tee before the Iro is tied around the waist.
The Iro and Buba look so amazing when worn right and since it is just a wrap, it looks good on all kinds of body shapes. As much as the knotting style for the Iro adds an edge to the look, I considered only wearing a Buba; and the men’s Buba for that matter .The men’s Buba offers such an elegant wear with sophistication since it bears the round cut-in hem, embroidery detail at the chest, long-sleeved design and standing collar aspect which bring out a classy style.
I’ve watched Nigerian Nollywood for too many years and I’ve developed a craving for their attire. Especially the men’s buba! I can say that it can be a unisex piece when the right one is chosen and worn by a lady.
So What’s The Buba?
It is a loose blouse that usually falls a little below the waist and is long sleeved while it still has a neckline that is either round or V-shaped.
It is special occasion wear to the Yoruba that’s worn by men as much as women wear it.
The buba can be the perfect shirt dress in your closet just like it is for me.
How To Choose The Right Buba
Since the buba is a unisex piece, it’s easy to find one of the right size so before purchasing, consider the length you’d want; thus, knowing the length you’d want, the length of your shoulder blades, the length of your arms , your chest size and neck length( if you opt for the round-collar) is vital. Wondering on how to shop in the men’s section?
The men’s buba can at times be oversized so you’ll have to know the type of buba you’d want. Anyway, isn’t oversized just everyone’s jam at the moment?
How To Pair The Buba
The Buba is more of a shirt or T-shirt dress so you have to mind how you pair. It is a sexy piece when worn alone but can be more conservative if worn with stockings or tights, but that’s only for the less daring unlike me. Anyway, check out how I paired mine, 3 times, thus 3 different days:
Since my Buba has a circular cut-in hem, I wore a white pair of shorts with it. This also helped me to add some hip volume to my Buba since it’s not as heavy in cotton.
Being the sexy lady around with the Buba? Yeah! I went for thigh-high goodies; I mean, thigh high socks and cute heeled ankle boots…
The thigh-high goodies offer a perfect finish for any short outfit; which include: shorts, shirt-dresses and mini-dresses too, right?
Accessorizing is very key for a great look thus I opted for a white cap and silver accessories.This is a cute evening look, right?
#2.THE CASUAL ENSEMBLE
Looking casual in the Buba is so easy. I just wore my timberland boots and had a brown tote bag for a finished athleisure look.
Take this look to: a brunch with the girls, shopping time, park visiting days.
#3.THE EDGY COMBO
On a day to a wedding or even to church, you can switch up your buba to fit such a toned-down environment by opting for a cute pair of open heels and finishing off with a cute purse and silver loop earrings.
Quite laid-back, right?
So lovelies, what do you think about owning a cute Buba too? It is the type you can put on when you want to channel your inner romantic, or your athleisure side too.
White Buba– thrifted! Oh my goodness! I was so lucky because it’s a really expensive piece when going high-end.
High heels– Backyard Shoez.
Timberland boots– La’belle Fashions.
Wedged ankle boots– Jevanjee Mall.
Photography by Steve.is.bae Photography