Nigeria fashion, just like fashion from all over the world, has been evolving over the years, with each decade having a design that was more widely adopted. Nigeria ladies fashion has been evolving over the years to meet the needs of each generation. The truth is, everything has changed and is continuing to change with time, and fashion is not an exception. Here are the trendiest fashion statements in each decade
Nigeria ladies fashion comprised of long dresses with matching head-gears. The ladies in this era used to dress up in either body con or loose outfits, depending on their preference and would always have African print finishing. For the less glamorous women, their fashion was comprised of traditional outfits and easy hairstyles. Men, on the other hand, wore tight-fitting trousers with tight-fitting patterned shirts and would leave some buttons open.
Towards the end of this decade, mini-skirts came into being, and these were supposedly invented to show off the ladies’ legs seductively. The outfits were colorful, with flowery fabrics being the most fashionable. Stilettos and platform shoes also came to be in this decade.
Ladies’ trends in this decade comprised of what is now commonly referred to as Oleku; named after a famous movie. This outfit was made up of a baggy long-sleeved top called Buba, which would be worn over a short skirt called Iro. Men wore a baggy four-piece outfit known as agbada and African print shirts referred to as dashiki. In this era, both men and women would perm their hair and apply curls.
The primary fashion trend that characterized the eighties was a comeback of long outfits. Ladies wore long flowing dresses or skirts while the gents wore baggy matching outfits. The fashionable accessories in the era comprised of exaggerated chunky jewelry. Big hair was a trend for both men and women with perm and Afro carrying the day.
In the nineties, fashion started repeating itself with the significant comeback being mini-skirts. The other invention of this decade was a combination of mini-skirts sewn together with a pair of shorts and was named scousers. For the more traditional men and women, bubus was the way to go. This outfit comprised of long dress like shirts for men, with a trouser and hat, while women wore maxi dresses with the waist scarf and a head tie. The men in this era got rid of the curled hair and embraced a simple haircut.
Most of the trends in this era were a modification of the previous trends and less traditional, as characterized by the notable little black dress, cropped tops and pants, and denim trousers. These are the trends that have stood the test of time since they still make a statement to date.
The Most Recent Era
This is the period between 2000 and now, whereby the West is influencing most of the fashion trends. Most Nigerians, especially the older generation, have, however, maintained their standards and still wear their traditional outfits all year round. While fake hair is making it into all countries around the world, Nigerian women have opted to maintain their naturally kinky hair and established routines to manage and style them.