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#AfricanBloggersKillingIt! 7 Ways You Can Rock a Classic Look

Classic looks never get old in our book. Breathe a new life into your wardrobe and style inventory with some of the stylish looks we found across our favourite blogs.

If you ever have a doubt about what you want to wear, just go classic and you will hardly go wrong with your choice. Looking at the latest trending looks on our  #AfricanBloggersKillingIt, we’ve seen a consistent feature of classic looks from bloggers. Who says bloggers do not influence our style choices and what we buy? Well think twice because some of the looks will make you revisit the way you wear black.

Black remains pretty much a must-have for an effortless and safe outfit but thankfully all it takes is a few fun accessories, prints or sassy footwear to enliven the preppy mainstay while still maintaining a clean flair.

Catch some of our favourite classic looks from top African fashion bloggers and style influencers.



@dee_masiya & @iamsheabuttershay
@melissaswardrobe, @peter_mylife & @ms_rietta

Want to get featured? It’s pretty much easy, just use the hashtag #AfricanBloggersKillingIt, take a great shot of your outfit with a professional camera and make sure you slay!;)

Fashion According to Valerie Egbuniwe of Veefinition

Every New Year brings a flood of trends that we can boldly confess are irresistible and no matter how we try to avoid them somehow end up gravitating to them. I personally can’t deny how much I love seeing the amazing trends on social media when it comes to fashion and style. Isn’t it crazy and awesome at the same time that social media helps define what’s trendy and what’s not?

As usual, we are very fond of African bloggers and normally check out their pages to learn a thing or two about what’s hawt. Their perspectives on style fascinate me and the infusion of our African culture is always something of admiration. While browsing through Instagram and using our hashtag #AfricanBloggersKillingIt in search of some fashion inspiration just in time for the New Year, I came across a very stylish young lady, Valerie. Amazed by her Instagram presence and colourful gallery, I quickly clicked to check out her style blog www.veefinition.com.


Like every other style enthusiast, I clicked and checked out her style posts and had to reach out to her to share some tips to our style lovers. Catch our interview with Valerie Egbuniwe of Veefinition as she defines fashion in her own way and shares some great insight on brands to watch out for this year.


I’m Valerie Amara Egbuniwe


Where are you from?


Firstly I’m Nigerian before I’m Igbo.



I blog at VEEFINITION.com


The GlowingColours.com: Would you tell us a bit about yourself and your love for fashion.

I would say when it comes to fashion and I. Expression is my best bet. I’m the kind of girl who would put outfits together based on her feelings.


The GlowingColours.com: How would you describe your personal style and what’s your style formula? 


When it comes to my personal style, my personal style is still evolving based on the fact that I’m an 18 year old living in Nigeria and still a student. My style isn’t where I want it to be yet but I love every bit of this journey


My  style formula would be…


Expression + Comfort = Confident Style


The GlowingColours.com: What made you decide to start “Veefinition” ?

This story is a really long one which I would summarize by saying…back in secondary school I always used to write down articles and journals for people to read on fashion trends etc. I wanted a platform to share these ideas with a wider audience and a platform to express myself completely.


The GlowingColours.com: What was your idea behind “Veefinition ” when you conceived it?

The idea was a blog at first since the idea was conceived when I was about 15 or so but as time went by I saw the need to make the VEEFINITION name a brand which I’m still working on as I’m a person of many interests which as time goes by I guess you all get to see that part of me.


The GlowingColours.com: How long has it been running?


Before VEEFINITION there was BlvckNautical. I’ve created online content for a year but VEEFINITION is 6 months old.


The GlowingColours.com: What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion I would say has to do with a lot of things from trendy items to recommended ones with rules here and there. I see fashion from a creatives point of view as an opportunity to experience art and the beauty of creativity in fabric.


The GlowingColours.com: Do you have many style icons?


I do have style icons … A lot of people who I would love to raid their wardrobes and look up to for inspiration from fashion editors to models to street style queens …there’s a long list.


The GlowingColours.com: How has your style evolved since starting your blog?


Ever since I started blogging my style has evolved so much. I’m excited to try new things a lot more now. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really care when someone says I don’t like what you’re wearing….truth is I used to be so conservative with my self-expression with clothes before but blogging helped me quit that part of me


The GlowingColours.com: Let’s dive into fashion talk real quick, what are you into this season?


This Season well…. I’m into the Sheer Trend, Wide Legged Pants, Fringe, Mules


The GlowingColours.com: What are your favourite pieces in your closet?


When it comes to pieces, I’m a momentary lover so right now I’m so in love with the unicorn tears bag I won from the Desiree Iyama giveaway.


My white strap heels…..


By January it’s definitely something different *laughs*


The GlowingColours.com: What are your most favourite stores and why?


I’m a fan of thrift stores firstly. Then I love ShopMaju their pieces are so intricate and unique. I do hope to cop some from them this season. I do like Asos, Forever 21,Topshop, Debra’s Grace, Jumia these stores I love because they retail a lot of good not overly expensive pieces. Zara because you could find almost every designer in a Zara form and it’s cheaper.


The GlowingColours.com: If I raid your handbag, what am I likely to find in it?


My phone, blog journal, money, sun glasses….


The GlowingColours.com: What are your must carry-on essentials?


Sunglasses or any pair of glasses at all because my eyes are really sensitive to light.


The GlowingColours.com: What three items in your wardrobe can’t you live without?


I can live without any item in my wardrobe. It’s only God I can’t leave without.


The GlowingColours.com: Nigerian fashion industry keeps evolving and growing, how would you describe style in Nigeria and what’s your opinion on the state of the industry.


I’m so glad at where the industry is right now but I feel there’s more to be done which I believe would occur as the years go by. I was really amazed at the Lfdw at how much talent we have in this country. Also seeing everyone come out in their own style…what ever they deemed fit also felt real good.


The GlowingColours.com: Did you follow the Lagos fashion design week? Pick 2 looks from the runway that were your favourite?

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The GlowingColours.com: Which designers in your opinion had the best showcase? both womenswear and menswear?


When it comes to the women I fell in love with 3 showcases • Andrea Iyammah’s swimwear collection


*April By Kunbi’s James Bond inspired showcase


And oh Maki Oh especially that fringe dress.


For the Men I loved


TI Nathan’s showcase on his heartbreak collection


Orange Culture


 The GlowingColours.com: Which up-and-coming designers are currently on your radar?

hey, they’re a lot of really good ones out there but I’m currently following up



The GlowingColours.com: What trends are you most excited about from the fashion week in Lagos? 




The GlowingColours.com: How would you spend your time if you weren’t blogging about style?


I’ll just relax in bed and surf the net reading up different content or eat and get good sleep. I’ll probably hang with friends too or study school work.


The GlowingColours.com: Your blog is a favourite among many bloggers and non, including us lol. How do you keep your readers interested and inspired?


TBH I just do me. When I blog I’m pouring out content directly from my head and heart and if they’re inspired and interested in that. I’m glad


The GlowingColours.com: Name 3 female fashion bloggers and 3 male fashion bloggers that you think are #Africanbloggerskillingit


  • Fisayo Alonge


  • Freddie Harrel


  • IronyOfAshi




  • Akin Faminu


  • Noble Igwe


  • Steve Onoja


 The GlowingColours.com:  What advice do you have for those who are interested in starting a fashion blog?


If it’s what you love, if you’ve got passion for it? Then go ahead and give it your best shot and it’s for all the wrong reasons…..you probably should invest your time in discovering you and finding something you’re passionate about


The GlowingColours.com: *Which three blogs would you recommend?


  • Style Vitae


  • Radr Online


  • VEEFINITION of course *wink


The GlowingColours.com: Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s next for you?


I’ll just say 2016 is the year… I’ll end it there


MenStyle: Bold In Prints By Akin Faminu

Heey guys 🙂
How you doing? Hope we’re all doing great! Welcome to November and I wish you all the best of this beautiful month. So today, I’d like for us to talk about a not so basic topic, the art of taking risks in fashion with major focus on Prints!
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I’m not going to lie,  prints and patterns can be tricky,  really tricky, and if you’ve built a classic, timeless and versatile capsule wardrobe, it can be difficult to make a decision on how to perfectly go bold in Prints, rather, the easier option is incorporation of Print details, but then again, how else do you make a fashion statement if you’re not ready to go bold?

I wore the outfit in this editorial to the First day of the just concluded Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015  ( which was amazing by the way ) and in literal terms it’s a suit made from Bold Newspaper Print fabric.

Sure, a Suit like this is already a statement, but there are two sides to statement fashion pieces and the most important consideration is the Styling!
You can either look like a Fashion disaster or be a huge fashion inspiration with the same statement outfit.

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Specifically speaking, because of how bold the prints in this ensemble are, it’s best for the detailing to be plain and simple just like I used Burgundy details here, for the Tie, the Pocket detail and the Lapel pin.

It’s also important to accessorize properly, not overly. Wristwatches, Collar pins, Tie clips come in handy, especially when you’re trying to achieve a Dapper look.

Apart from the styling, Fit is always King! Make sure your outfit fits perfectly, and pay attention to the shoes, everything matters, even your confidence!

Topped up the outfit with a pair of Aviator shades from Dapmod. It’s no news that aviators are in trend this season so why not?
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So step out in Statement Style every now and then, and when taking risks, don’t ever forget the important details .. They’re everything!

I’d like to know what you guys think about the outfit  🙂  .. Are you bold enough to pull this off?

Have a lovely day guys, wish you the best of the month.

Photos by @rey_cortez

Print Suit – Damsco clothing  || Shoes – Genk ||  Shades – Dapmod  ||  Necktie – Gucci

CHECK MATE By Akin Faminu

So probably, your first impression of the title “Check Mate” for this editorial was, why are we talking about Chess on a Fashion editorial? Lol Naah! Check mate isn’t about the game today. Rather, It’s about the Timeless Sartorial Motif, The Check pattern.


As we all know, trends come and go each season, but even at that there are certain styles that almost never fall out of vogue. One of them is the timeless sartorial style of using check patterns to make outfits, suits especially and one of those is what this editorial entails.

A checkered blazer is a blazer that has a pattern alternating squares, they could be different shades of the Same colour or totally different colours.
Sure, checkered blazers look lovely but it’s also important to style them properly because the pattern is a bit selective.

The check pattern, a classic and masculine motif, just like many others can come in many many ways. Could be a complete three piece suit, or just a blazer, or a shirt, a scarf, a tie, whatever. The point to note is that which ever it is, they add some spice to your look.

A check suit or blazer in particular exudes confidence and sophistication. For this look, there’s a Brown Blazer version, in a modern lean fit, with a darker shade of brown for the trousers, paired with  a plain crisp white shirt, and finished off with a pair of black Oxfords.

The checkered blazer is the perfect piece to take you effortlessly from day to night. It works just as well on off duty as it does in the office or school as well.

As always, the details when using a checkered blazer are as important as any other time.

The shoes, depending on the formality,  the time piece, lapel pins, tie and any other addition are equally welcome. It’s safer to use bold details because the blazer is already patterned but then again, you can alternate if you have mastered the art.

So be sure to step out in style with something Checkered every now and then guys 🙂
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Enjoy the rest of your day and Happy holidays!

Checkered Blazer – T.i.o Clothing  || Oxford shoes – Genk (Jumia ) || Photography – @thelexash


Style Talk! Meet Fabulous Style Blogger Nneka Nwokeocha

We had the chance to catch up with fashion blogger Nneka Nwokeocha. With a passion for all things fashion and beauty, read what Nneka has to say about her influences, inspirations, blogging, ‘Royalty fashion’ and of course being a stylish Nigerian woman.

We started ‘African Bloggers Killing It‘ to showcase African men and women changing the style game all over the world. From Lagos, London, New York, Milan, Johannesburg etc., African stylistas are unstoppable. In this interview they are taking us into their world to give us a glimpse of what it looks like!

Check it out and catch the fashion and style tips.

Name: Nneka Nwokeocha.

Where are you from? Nigeria.

UrlMyveryownpen.blogspot.com | Instagram : http://instagram.com/nwokeochanneka

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How would you describe your personal style and what’s your style formula? 

Eclectic mixture of different style genres, prints and textures. I especially love androgyny, 60s-through-90s style and my current best, what I call “Royalty” fashion; I constantly peruse images of past and current monarchs (Queens) of different nations. In terms of style pioneers, I rank Queen Mary of Denmark, Farah dibah Pahlavi (of Iran), HRH Sheikha mozah bint nasser al misned (of Qatar), Princess Diana (of wales), Princess Ameera al tahweel (of SA) etc. before my other everyday style favourites. Some of my outfits take an hour or more to put together, sometimes I purchase items based on concepts I have in mind and sometimes my outfits come together spontaneously; with me, I think the joy in dressing and practice over time has helped me have a better understanding of how I want to look and how to make mosts items of clothing work in my favour. Also I recycle a lot and find more than one intended use for my clothes.

What made you decide to start blogging?  Friends and family advised me to start my first blog but my current (and final) blog was re-born out of personal desire.

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How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you post and communicate with your followers? I used to make posts twice monthly back when I was in medical school but have not been able to sustain the momentum since leaving (due to exams tying me down). I do blog on occasion now but will return full speed in a couple more months. I think readers of my blog are people who have followed my transition from my old blog to this recent one plus young women (and men) who understand the importance of recycling items of clothing from their wardrobe for different occasions and looks. It is very possible to monetize a fashion blog but it take intense effort on the part of the blogger; those in the fashion community know the “icon bloggers” and how they have been able to make multiple zeros over the years from invitations to events, sponsorship (fashion, food , electronic), driving sales, selling their own personal items or items from collaborations, travelling to certain parts of the world for paid coverage of events , ads , affiliate marketing and the list goes on. The key I have come to understand lies in standing out fashion-wise and reaching out constantly to the ‘right people’ and putting yourself in a position to be heard ( I can make a post to further expatiate on this). Another key point is African (Nigerian) brands having a lot more faith and stronger will in fashion bloggers and tying them into the process of ‘making African fashion‘ this I believe is a two-way street which pays both the Designer and blogger in the long run.

How stylish is the Nigerian woman?  Speaking as one, I would say the Nigerian woman is indeed very stylish, thank God for blogging and its ability to expose certain Nigerians I never would have known loved to dress up. I think style is a massive part of our culture and everyday activity; these days the way we physically present ourselves to the world is becoming more important to women : young and old and I think the way we dress bespeaks us in a number of ways and I know that Nigerian (and African) women especially are no stranger to that.

What fashion item do you think will be big next season in the African fashion market?

I will just state 2 things that I would love to see:

1).  Different styles of ankara/wax jumpsuits being worn by everyone.

2). Pairing office shirt and Blazer with an Iro (Wrapper) and Gele/Ichafu (Turban) and heels. (I personally have worn this on my blog). I think the blend would be quite mind-blowing.

What items do you save on, and then what do you splurge on? 

I recently put a hard limit on how much goes into clothing so I would say the bulk of my funds go into very very rare finds that I would not be able to purchase ordinarily online or otherwise. (one of the most recent being a Satin part embroidered/part painted on Kimono).

Your signature look is?  Due to school and study activity, I am constantly in a pair of pants, a black top/ shirt and penny loafers.

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And your beauty essentials?  Fruits especially oranges (Women forget the importance of what you eat before what you purchase for skin care) , raw Broccoli ( and other greens),water (hydration), bio-oil, face towel, twice-a-day-baths, exfoliants and a few other on/off skin care purchases.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Dude.

What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?  I eat like a pregnant elephant.

Where do you see yourself and your  blog in the next 5 years? A fashion mogul with deep/revolutionising involvements/contributions in the Global fashion industry (and hopefully still blogging for the love of it).

What’s the biggest advice you have for aspiring fashion bloggers? People and/or situations can be overrated in the fashion industry. Do a detailed research about what it is you want from blogging and depend not solely on the words of ‘advice’ from other bloggers sometimes we all say the same thing in different ways. Find out what works for you, work hard at it and pray every single step along the way. Lastly, you will mentally give up more that a 100 times but I urge you to find the strength to keep going and put yourself in positions to get noticed and reach out even when no one is reaching out to you yet.

Check out her fab pictures in the gallery below!

We really enjoyed our style chat with the fashion queen, Nneka Nwokeocha. What would you like to see on the runway and in the African fashion market next season?

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The Art of Mixing Patterns by Akin Faminu

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Hey guys, Hope we’re having a stylish week?  Today I’d like for us  to delve into something which is prejudiced to be rather complicated but actually isn’t, and I call it the Pattern Game! It’s something that because of the propensity or fear of getting wrong, most people, most of the time shy away from it and it’s then there’s no fun but really I think Patterns are of major aesthetic value in fashion and we should try to understand them, mix them, and make the most of them.

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I did this editorial in collaboration with the Men’s fashion label T.I.Nathan and I’m guessing this is a familiar name, especially if you follow the Fayrouz L’Original show or Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

Off her last collection, PERSPECTIVE  which was showcased at Lagos fashion and design week 2014 and the International fashion showcase London, this piece is tailored to perfection, well as T.I.Nathan is known for, and it has a particularly unique pattern, which just fits perfectly for this post.

You might be a pro at matching your solid coloured ties and solid coloured shirts, but with trends in recent years, constantly seen on the runways, with brands like Tom Ford and the Like emphasizing a mix and match approach to fashion, how well do you fare with mixing stripes and patterns?

It’s true that mixing patterns is very tricky, Yes! But you have to build confidence and move out of your comfort zone. I’ll help you with a few tips.

Firstly, if you’re new to mixing patterns, try to keep things simple and in the same pattern, like bigger polka dotted ties worn on a tiny polka dotted shirt with a plain blazer and also very importantly ‘VARY THE SIZES’

Similarly, keeping things in the same colour family is helpful as well, it gives you a subtle look but states clearly that you have a daring side. You can also use bright colours on solid ones like I did in this post with navy blue and orange.

If you’re mixing patterns with your details, try to keep the inner shirt plain, it’s safer.

And finally, whatever you’re doing, don’t OVER – DO so you don’t look messy, mixing patterns is an art of course but should be approached with caution, it’s easier to mix your patterns above the waist and keep it plain down below as well.

So experiment! And have some fun, try patterns and when you’re a pro, you’ll be glad you did.

Have a lovely day.

Outfit – T.I.Nathan || Photography – Dola Posh

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Style Chat! [Interview] Fashion Blogger Olivia Gold Shares Her Style Secrets

Nobody can pull off minimal and classic looks like the way London fashion blogger Olivia Gold does! We’ve been spying the fashion darling for a while now and we had to reach out to know her style secret.

We started ‘African Bloggers Killing It‘ to showcase African men and women changing the style game all over the world. From Lagos, London, New York, Milan, Johannesburg etc., African stylistas are unstoppable. In this interview they are taking us into their world to give us a glimpse of what it looks like!

Meet gorgeous fashion blogger Olivia Gold from London.

Check it out! 😉

NAMEOlivia Gold

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? London UK, (Nigerian girl at heart)


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Can you tell us about yourself and your blog – I am 23 from London working within the beauty industry in marketing and also run my fashion and lifestyle blog. My career is a mix of fashion, beaut and brand marketing, which is what I have enjoyed since I was studying and now it’s spanning into a career.

How would you describe your personal style? I would describe m style is minimal with a sexy flare. I love classic pieces that complement the female silhouette. I embrace my curves and love to dress up and feel lad like.

What made you decide to start blogging? I really enjoy dressing up and I thought it was fun to documenting what I wore, but then as I got more into fashion and creatively seeing and understanding how a picture explains a story my creative visuals got more creative also.

Why style, instead of gossip? There is no purpose for me personally to document Gossip especially if it is not positive. I’m more a private person so this was a way of sharing a part of my personality without saying too much and being loud lol. More of a creative discreet way of sharing myself with the world.

At the moment, who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration? I would say the woman I want to become is my main vision of inspiration of reaching that personal goal. I do look at other inspirational people in the world especially fashion and lifestyle industries.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? I LOVE shoes that’s my thing at the moment I adore Alaia and Aquazzra shoes, their just divine.

With celebs and stylistas introducing new trends, what’s your favourite style trend? Mine is minimalistic, nothing beats a classic outfit that will forever be beautiful.

What is your signature look? A classic pencil skirt with detail and 5inch heels classic point wither (Jimmy Choo or Christian Loubotun Pigalle’s) and a sex feminine silk top or crop top.



On a bad hair day, what do you do? Hide! Lol I try not to have those but when I do I stay in my house to be honest, their no excuse to be leaving the house with crazy hair.That is a no no for me lol.

Your skin regime consists of… Wash my face twice a day and moisturise with coconut Oil.

Heels? or Flats? Heels!

Favourite  TV show? Hmmm at the moment it’s Being Mary Jane

Celebrity style crush? I have a few of those, I do love Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham

What is your style philosophy? It’s best when its classic, simple but yet effective

If you had to pick anyone to be your muse who would you pick and why? Ooooo I would say this amazing LA blogger Karla Deras (www.karlascloset.com) she gets me and my style essence down to the nail. Her style is so dope.

What are your favourite boutiques in your current city? In London I don’t shop in boutiques I do love Westfield white city shopping centre, Harrods and the stores they have their.


Name your top 3 African fashion brands. Clan, Love this brand and Deola Sagoe.


Favourite quote? Be still and know that I am God


 What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear? I LOVE Supermalt I think I may be addicted lol.


What is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging? Blogging in the winter is not easy! I do stress its more work than it looks.

Where do you see your blog in the next five years? Still sharing and capturing my outfits and style journey just on a bigger scale through travelling and finding new trends globally.


What’s the biggest advice you have for an aspiring fashion blogger? Do it because you enjoy and don’t compare yourself to others. What you have to bring to the table is different and people will appreciate it.


Thank you Olivia for your time with us!

We want to hear from you, what do you think of Olivia’s style?

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