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Ankara Dungarees: 30 Gorgeous Styles & How to Rock Them

Show me an African textile that’s versatile enough to create any ready-made style and I’ll show you the Ankara fabric. From ankara tops to skirts, jumpsuits, suits, office wear, and what have you, the list is endless. Just when we thought we had seen enough of this fabric in beautiful styles, another one jumps on our list — ankara dungarees.

lady wearing ankara dungaree over black top

Like denim or chinos dungaree, ankara dungarees are a style statement. Wear this as a woman and you’ll create the perfect tomboy look. For men, it’s a great way to enhance your casual masculinity. 

back view of a lady wearing ankara dungaree

If you’re looking for stylish yet unique designs to make with your ankara fabric, go for these sleeveless overalls. But if you don’t know how to style them, relax. 

man wearing ankara dungaree and seated for a photoshoot

We got you covered.

lady wearing ankara dungaree on the street

In this post are tips on how to rock the different ankara dungarees styles. Let’s check them out right away.

How to Rock Ankara Dungarees with Class & Style

man with tattoos and dreads wearing ankara dungaree

These outfits are a pair of pants that come with a bib held by straps. As the name implies, they are made with ankara fabrics.

man with dreadlocks wearing ankara dungaree over a white T-shirt and squatting

Furthermore, they also come in different lengths (long, midi, short) and styles. If you’ve made up your mind about sewing this ankara style, here’s how to style it:

1. Pair with a Shirt

lady wearing ankara dungaree over a black shirt

This is a classic way to style any ankara dungarees. Pairing it with a shirt never goes out of style. You can go for a collared shirt or any beautiful top in your wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if it’s fitted or loose. You’ll always look good with this option.

smiling lady wearing ankara dungaree over a white shirt

But there’s a clause.

Whatever kind of shirt you’re wearing with your dungaree should be solid-colored. 

This is because the ankara fabric is multicolored. And if you pair it with tops with busy prints, you’ll wind up looking too noisy or preventing your dungaree from being the focus of your outfit.

2. Pair it with a Tee/Polo/Crop Top/Tank Top

smiling lady wearing ankara dungaree over a white tank top

If you have any of these tops in your wardrobe, pair them with your ankara dungaree. 

man rocking ankara dungaree over black tees

But remember to go for solid-colored ones so your dungaree can pop out.

3. Wear it with a Turtleneck

lady wearing ankara dungaree over black turtleneck

Turtlenecks complement any pair of bottoms. You can rock them in any lenght of sleeves you want.

lady wearing ankara dungaree over a white turtleneck

So, feel free to combine a black, white, grey, or any solid-colored turtleneck with your ankara sleeveless overalls, and go make a fashion statement.

4. Wear One Strap

man wearing his ankara dungaree with one strap

To achieve this option, after pairing your dungaree with your top, buckle only one strap.

lady wearing her ankara dungaree with one strap

It’s a trendy hack that shows how stylish you are.

5. Layer Your Ankara Dungaree

smiling lady layering her ankara dungaree with denim jacket

Speaking of switching up your look…

Did you know you can restyle your sleeveless overalls and create an entirely different look by layering with outerwear?

This includes jackets, blazers, kimonos, sweaters, cardigans, etc.

lady layering her ankara dungaree with a kimono

A pro tip is to go for neutral-colored outerwear or one with a color that matches any of the colors on your ankara fabric.

6. Wear it on Its Own

smiling lady wearing just ankara dungaree

Yes. You read that right.

When you get bored of pairing your dungaree with this top or that jacket, just wear it on its own.

man at a festival wearing just ankara dungaree

Doing this helps you create a faux jumpsuit look. Just wear neat underwear and if you won’t be comfortable exposing your sides, ask your tailor to make your overall convenient enough to be rocked on its own.

7. Don’t Forget to Accessorize

boys wearing colorful ankara dungaree with hats

Accessorizing is the surest way to transform a boring outfit into a killer one. So, never forget to wear your wide-brimmed hat or bucket hat, wristwatch, earrings, bangles, wallet, handbags, and shoes too.

The footwear for this outfit depends on the look you want to look. For instance, if you’re rocking dungarees to create a business casual look, wear loafers, Oxfords, Chelsea boots, sneakers (if your workplace permits), heels, etc.

lady wearing ankara dungaree with black boots

On the ther hand, flip-flops, sandals, or palm slippers may be inappropriate for such settings. So save them for casual African print dungarees outfit.

Furthermore, you can also accessorize with a belt. For easy execution, when making your dungarees, ask your tailor to add belt loops around the waistline. So, when you wear a belt, it sits perfectly.

This will not only give you a more refined look. It’ll also cinch your waist, make your outfit more fitting, and flaunt your curves too.

There you have it. Ready to rock this outfit? Feast your eyes on these styles we curated for you.

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