Lace is a type of fabric that has been used in Europe since the Medieval times. Ankara is a fairly new stylish and trendy material that, however, has been inspired by traditional African motifs and ornaments.
Although it sounds insane to put together these styles from different parts of the world and different eras, the outfits that make that look surprisingly well. Of course, with lace being a material, almost exclusively used for female clothes, these styles look together the best on dresses, both elegant evening ones and sexy and fun modern ones. There are plenty of ways you can put them together for the best natural look, here are just a few of possible variations you should try for yourself.
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1. Ankara dress with lace insertions
This is probably the most popular way of combining two styles in one outfit. It creates a kind of contrasting look, with bright colorful Ankara fabric and a bit toned down semi-transparent lace parts.
Most of the times these lace insertions are situated on the most non-revealing parts of a dress, like sleeves and collar. But if you want your dress to have a more playful tone, you can find Ankara dresses with lace on the chest and on the skirt.
2. Ankara skirt and lace blouse
While this combination often doesn’t look like a one-piece dress, it still makes for a gorgeous combination of styles. The contrast in this case is even more obvious, which means that it will attract even more attention. Furthermore, it’s the simplest combination you can make on your own without sewing. Accessories can make this look more interesting.
For example, you can wear a necklace that matches your skirt - this way your look will both have a harmonic and a highly contrasting feel to it. Another thing you can do is to wear an Ankara gele with the same ornament as your skirt.
3. Lace dress with Ankara insertions
It is difficult to say, whether zebra is white with black stripes or black with white stripes. It is as difficult to determine, whether dress is made out of lace with Ankara insertions or vice versa. But you can definitely transform your elegant and classy lace dress into something much more fun and bright by adding some Ankara material to it.
Ankara fabric can be a great addition to every part of the dress, from skirt to chest. Some dresses even have vertical stripes of Ankara from the top to the bottom. The main thing is, don’t be afraid to experiment with your style.
4. Ankara blouse and lace skirt
This combination is much more rare, than all the other ones, but that doesn’t mean that it’s bad. In fact, it would be great to see more of it. Typically, lace is too revealing to made a skirt out of it, but there are some types of this material that work great for this combination, specifically lace with small ornament. It almost seems like a simple fabric, but a closer look reveals the beauty and thought behind this style.