Agbada is an African traditional attire popularly worn by men, but, lately both guys and ladies rock it at mostly informal gatherings.
Agbada is an ancient attire which is most common among dignitaries and elderly men.
This attire always attracts various attention and easily elevates any man that wears it.
Standing out may be every lady’s desire but looking classy is completely for those who have appetite for fashion.
You don’t need to go bankrupt to look elegant. A little twist in your creativity will give you that desired appearance.
Attributes of Agbada?
Agbada is a large, overflowing garment that reaches well below the knees and sometimes touches the ankles.
It is mostly worn by men and for it to remain on the body of the wearer, it needs constant adjustments to ensure it ‘folds’ on the shoulders,
These folds and the manner they are maintained to balance the Agbada resulted in the nickname: ‘one thousand five hundred.’
More so, this traditional attire is also known as ‘Babariga.’ This is a name that is used to described Agbada in Hausa language.
This traditional attire is a sensational dress that easily catches attention from a close or far distance.
It showcases the African heritage and also makes the wearers receive exceptional treatment as they stand out.
There are various types of Agbada/Babariga
- Long sleeved Inner
- Short Sleeved Inner
- Full-Lenght Agbada
- Knee Size.
- Mismatched Agbada
- Long Sleeved Inner
Long Sleeved Inner: This is a type of Agbada, whereby the inner attire is a long sleeve which is usually worn under the outer Agbada gown.
Long sleeve inner is best for any formal or official wedding. It is the best choice when you are making a selection of outfit as well as the choice of the type of (Babariga) to wear.
2. Short Sleeved Inner
This type of Agbada is always body friendly.
This short-sleeved inner can go on any other type of the outer garment, whether the below the knee or the toe-sized garments.
It befits any outing, whether official or unofficial. Hence, it is best to wear a short-sleeved Agbada to any informal setting, where you will receive great attention.
With or without sunglasses, your presence will be warmly noticed. It is a standard outfit for any occasion.
3. Full-Lenght Agbada
This is designed for modern-day men, but they are mostly worn by men of authority because of its formal appearance.
4. Knee-Size Agbada
As the name implies, it is a garment that is sewn not above the knees. It is suitable for guys and ladies.
This is a trending style of Agbada which can give you the elegant look without consulting any fashion expert for guidance.
The Knee-sized Agbada should be accompanied with a short-sleeve inner. This combination is always top-notch, irrespective of the type of fabrics.
5. Mismatched Agbada Outfit
The most common instance of the mismatched Agbada design is an instance where the inner shirt and trousers match while the outer garment remains completely different.
This mismatched outfit is well recognised but its combination is rare.
The mismatched Agbada is two different fabrics whose inner attire colour is not the same colour as the garment.
Agbada Styles and Designs For Couples
We have compiled lots of trending Agbada designs and styles for you.
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Agbada Styles And Designs For Ladies
Classic tailoring will have a nose for trendy designs and a taste for fashion. Therefore, carefully select the kind of designers that will help you.
Fabrics You Can Use To Sew Agbada
There are different types of fabrics you can use to sew Agbada. It all depends on your own choice of fabrics as the wearer.
- Brocades (Guinea)
Ankara fabric is versatile as you can convert it into whatever style you wish to design irrespective of your look, shape, height and size.
If your goal is to sew Agbada with this fabric, you can make a ruffle piece from it. You will surely get your desired taste.
It is usually sewn with a matching full-length pair of trousers.
The Agbada traditional wear can be sewn brilliantly with Ankara as the primary design material and or, alternatively, sewn with a plain material with a piece of Ankara serving as the primary design option.
Senator fabric is a plain or strapped suit fabric which is mostly used to sew traditional attires. This type of fabric is one of the most trending fabrics in Nigeria.
Whatever style or design of Agbada you desire to sew you can easily make use of this smooth fabric.
Brocades are embroidered cotton materials that are wax stamped with beating clubs to create a shiny look.
It is popularly known in Nigerian market as ‘Guinea’ and also called Sheeda in the Hausa.
Atiku fabrics are cotton fabrics which are designed in stripped, or patterned form, and are always in different grades. Atiku materials can also be used to sew Agbada.
Aso-Oke is a fabric made up of cotton and sometimes it’s combined with other materials like silk and metallic Yarn.
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