May is a good time to start getting your closet and mind ready for all the fun you are about to have over the summer! During the summer time is when African fashion really shines because many styles come from designers thinking of their equator inhabiting customers. Also, the fun vibrant colors just go great with a summer mood!
So how can you get yourself ready for an Afrochic summer? Attend some fun events to get you in the mood, hit up a few pop-up shops to find great deals on beautiful outfits and head to online shops to shop your heart out in African attire.
I recently did a podcast episode with Nana, on the rise of African fashion on the global stage. Check it out to learn more about how African fashion has made it’s way around the world and into our closets! Then get you some if you don’t have already.
So most of the events below are for DMV people, but the online shops are for everyone! Check them out and see if they ship to you.
These pop-up shops, fashion shows and day party are sure to get you in the Afropolitan spirit, plus you can walk away with outfit ideas and whole outfits that will last you all summer.
If you are not in the DC area, makesure to check out Eventbrite, Facebook and ask around for events near you!
DC AfroBEATs Spring Fest – Saturday May 12th
Launching of an all Afrobeats, Hip Hop & Soca music, food & culture day party fest to celebrate heritage, diversity, richness and vibrancy of cultures in the African Diaspora. This event will feature artists performances, top DJs representing various cultures in the Diaspora, dance performance, food vendors from various cultures, etc. Get ready for Afropolitan DC Spring Fest at finest Spring vibe venues. More Info.
#AllAccessAfrica DC Ankara Day Party – Sunday May 13th
The fashion showcase is from 3-5pm where people can meet the designers and enjoy some food. From 5-9pm, the Afrobeats Dance floor opens up! The Summer Kick-Off with Everything Ankara. Music includes HipHop, AfroBeats, Soca, Dancehall, Zouk, etc. It’s for those 21+ and DressCode is Ankara (African Attire) More Info.
Prisca Spring Sidewalk Fashion Show – May 27th
Prisca Spring Sidewalk Fashion Show featuring SpiceGirls and some Dope Collaborators is OFFICIAL!!!
Doing things Differently. Designing to Fit Your Lifestyle and Personality. Taking you on a journey where Vintage meets Batik Prints. Distressed meets Ankara Fabrics. Leather meets Adire Eleko & Kente Textiles…. Dare to go on!! More Info.
Ray Darten Pop Shop & Fashion Show – June 9th & 10th
Ray Darten by Yetunde Olukoya is heading to DC to celebrate African greatness and make it a weekend to remember. Join us at this pop up shop & FREE fashion show, and the opportunity to enjoy a large collection of our unique African made outfits just in time for Summer. More Info.
Events you missed but should look for next year:
So these two events were actually part of the reasons I wanted to make this list. But in typical procrastination style, I’m just now getting the post up. But make sure these people sty on your radar for next year:
Online Afrochic Shopping:
So not all of us have the luxury to take off a Saturday and get in the Afropolitan vibe, but we shouldn’t miss out on opportunities to update our wardrobe or get sight fulls of awesome African attire.
Below are 4 online shops that I know of to get your summer supply of Afrochic fashion. All 4 of them feature various designers from around the world. If you know others, definitely drop them below.
I volunteered for the founder of Miss Kabi at a Natural Hair Conference in New York and she gifted me with the beautiful necklace I wore to the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Her pieces feature various designers and original pieces made by her and her mom.
The founder of the Nubian Hueman boutique (she has a shop in DC) also organizes the Black Love Experience and was the inspiration behind this post about dressing for an pro-Black affair. My brother got me these pants from her shop a few Christmases ago.
The Hut Salud
Zuvaa has quickly become a staple in the African online fashion scene. They also host pop-up shops throughout the U.S. so look out for that. I met the founder at Pan-African Weekend in New York back in 2014, and I bought my graduation dress from her site.
Disclaimer – none of these brands paid me to showcase their events. The places to shop are all women I know personally and trust, and I’m always excited to promote black owned businesses. The other events are events that I’ve come across and seem cool. I would attend myself if I had time or $$$.
Let me know if I missed any events or online marketplaces in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out the latest podcast episode to hear more about me and Nana’s personal journeys and experiences with African fashion and our reflections on the rise of African fashion globally.