African style varies from city to city and rural areas. On a recent safari to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia we saw more animals than fashion plates but fashion is alive and well. The above photo was taken in Zambia. The woman is wearing a dress she designed. At the Victoria Falls and a local museum in Zimbabwe I spotted young women wearing denim jeans.
Driving through rural towns in Zambia heading to the guest lodges we saw girls wearing skirts and dresses. Probably popular because of the warm climate, they are cooler and more comfortable. However I was told they wear pants also. In rural areas of Zambia most women wear long skirts that look like sarongs but are called chitenge (pronounced chitenga) with western style tops or over their dresses.
In large cities like Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, women wear western clothing. I sat next to a woman on a flight from Lusaka to Johannsburg wearing jeans, a man style, stripe blue and white shirt with a maroon color blazer. A very “in style” international looking outfit.
As you can see there is a lot of variety in African style. Much like other places in the world almost anything goes.
Faith Kabende, Zambian Fashion Designer
Faith Kabende was born in Luanshya, Zambia. She went to Evelyn Hone College to study Marketing. After working for Zambia Telecommunication (ZAMTEL ) and designing clothes for friends and family in her free time she decided to quit her job to follow her passion and start her own fashion design business.
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