Planning a trip to Africa? Let guest contributor Sadie be your guide to the ever fabulous African fashion!
There's nothing better than going out on vacation and getting to know other countries and cultures. If you are planning a holiday to Africa, clothing plays a very important part in keeping yourself looking good, despite the temperatures. Africa is known to be one of the hottest places on Earth and adapting to the heat can be a challenge for those not used to it.
One of the first steps in being comfortable and blending in with locals is choosing the right clothing. Choosing the right clothing also depends on what time of year you are visiting Africa. The dry season between October and April tends to be the best time to travel in Africa. Although this is counted as Summer, visiting between February and March can see high temperatures but not so high that the heat becomes intolerable. Here's a quick guide into how you can keep yourself looking your best, no matter what time of year or temperature.
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It’s always a good idea to accessorize and there is no better way in doing so than purchasing the jewellery straight from the African locals themselves. For example If you're planning on visiting Nigeria, the best idea is to check their second hand local website for something ethnic at a great price. African jewellery is another perfect way for engaging with their culture and fashion, also helping them earn a living. Many African people rely on tourism so really it’s a win win situation. The jewellery is a great souvenir that will bring a bit of Africa back to your home. It would be advisable to leave expensive and sentimental jewellery at home to avoid it being stolen.
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They can be either animal, vegetable origins or even a mix of both. Traditionally made with leather from their cattle or their daily hunt, locals make some exquisite belts and bags. If you're an animal lover they can also be made out of straw and tainted with natural colours.
Africa truly is a magical place. There are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in such a different and magnificent culture that will surely capture your heart, so embrace it fully as it will be a time to never forget.
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