african prints + thrift sisters link up

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpLast week we rocked bold prints, and having a love for prints, Keren Charles, of Two Stylish Kays and I, decided to style our African prints this week.   Keren looks absolutely gorgeous in this predominantly african print dress.  Please check out her blog for the details of this beautiful look.

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link Up African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpCan you believe that I can get away with wearing this outfit in the middle of November?  I know some of you guys reading this are luxuriating in fall weather, but I am fully embracing a lifestyle of delayed fall, in sunny San Diego.  I wore this to a Sunday afternoon brunch, where temps hovered in the mid 80s.

DSC_0233African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpLet’s jump into the details of this skirt and top!  I actually did not thrift this outfit, nor did I get it on some amazing clearance rack. Much better than that — it was a GIFT!  Getting clothes at a serious discount is awesome, but getting it as a gift from a dear friend is ten times better!  One of my awesome friends recently spent several weeks in Ghana, Africa.  She asked me what I would like her to bring back and I said African print cloth so that I can have some pieces custom made.

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link Up African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpShe went above and beyond and had the outfit made for me out there!  This African print, popularly known as Ankara print has gained popularity in the global fashion scene since 2010.  She only paid $20 for the cloth and to have a local Ghanian seamstress make it for me!  Can you believe that?  A customized outfit for $20.  You know that it is a LOT more in the United States.

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpI am no stranger to print mixing as you have seen here and here.  By now everyone knows that mixing prints is a definite DO in fashion.  To me, mixed-prints looks translate into fabulous styles and outfits in any season, for any occasion.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you are definitely missing out.

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link Up African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpI paired the outfit with my work horse booties with it’s fabulous gold heels.  These booties have already made an appearance on the blog here.  I bought these Tildon booties for only $35 from Nordstrom Rack.  I added this yellow thrifted clutch to complete the look.  The clutch set me back $3.00 from a Goodwill in Los Angeles.

African Prints - Thrift Sisters Link UpLastly, I added some colorful drop earrings that I thrifted from the Salvation Army for .25cents.  I also couldn’t believe the price.  Let’s just say that I RACKED up on earrings that day and had change left over after paying with a $5!

Now, it’s time to jump into our Thrift Sisters link up!  Keren and I launched our Thrift Sisters link up, encouraging you to post thrifted or thrifty priced items to this link up.  We are very appreciative of those who take the time to link up their great outfits.  This week’s featured Thrift Sister is Chioma Brown from Chioma’s Evolution of Style!   We love how her sporty floral look.  Check out her blog for great styles that are chic but very affordable.

Thrift Sisters Link Up Feature Now it’s your turn to join us this week.  Please note that you can still link up  with us even your items are not thrifted.  We are looking for your favorite thrifted OR thrifty priced item.   Go ahead and link away for a chance to be featured as our next Thrift Sister!

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34 comments

  1. You always have the most fun, unique, bright and bold prints, clothes and accessories. In love with both the top and mini-skirt. Look at those legs. I also love the cut-out booties and camel is the perfect color.

    Pleasure being the first one to link up today and I think you will like my outfit because it is bright and happy and I actually could see you wearing it. Maybe I am wrong. =)

    Have a Great Wednesday Babe!!

  2. The print of both pieces is incredible, you look stunning lady.

    xo
    PinkSole

  3. So pretty, the bold prints are amazing especially in ankara outfits. love the way you mixed the two prints

  4. Pattern mixing at it’s best! You are rocking that ankara print, my friend! Love how bold it is and those earrings look like they were custom made for the outfit too! Adding that skirt to my list of “must haves from Ayana’s closet”!!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/
    -Come Join the Beautiful You Link Up–A Weekly Celebration of Women’s Beauty-

  5. I love it! That top is so beautiful. Have you watched the YouTube series “An African City”. It’s set in Ghana and the clothes are fabulous!

  6. I’m jealous of your warm weather! It snowed here yesterday!!

    Your top is super cute!

  7. You are rocking these african prints my friend!!! You are great are mixing prints and colors! #inspired :-)… Loving the booties too:-)
    Kiss
    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

  8. GORGEOUS PRINTS! Seriously love both of your looks!

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

  9. Lovely prints! I like that top especially.

  10. I love big, bold colors in an outfit, and you totally pull this off! Plus, that is completely cool that you had the fabric brought back AND got a seamstress to make you something out of it! 🙂

  11. i know i’ve said this before.. but your outfits are the best! i need to get more outside my comfort zone when dressing myself 🙂

  12. I love that african print top its so cool and colourful. Your style is amazing Ayana

  13. Oh Ayana you are seriously soooo talented!!! Love the whole combo!!!

  14. That was such a kind gesture; what a great friend! I am loving this outfit…everything is GREAT!

    ~Whitney
    http://www.whitneynicjames.com

  15. So colorful!!! You’ve got an eye for style!

  16. Both the top and the skirt are absolutely gorgeous. I love african prints, they are so fun and cheerful. I am just afraid they’d overwhelm me.

    Alex – Funky JungleJoin me on Tsu

  17. This look came out great I love all the colors! you look amazing!
    xoxo
    Ashley

  18. Gorgeous, vibrant colors – they look beautiful on you! And I’m so envious of your lovely weather…

  19. Such a beautiful print! You always wear vibrant colors to perfection! I personally don’t wear so many colors, but looking at you make me want to experiment with my outfits!
    Thanks for hosting the link up!I

    ~Tatiana
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

  20. What a gorgeous, colorful outfit! I seriously need to learn to shop in thrift stores… I wonder if I can put such a pretty outfit together… hmmm…

  21. what a fantastic outfit! Those earrings are beautiful, they go perfectly.

  22. You look spectacular! You really pull those prints off well! <3

  23. Love this outfit! You look amazing.

  24. Seeing these outfits makes me wish for the warmer weather again, unfortunately, I am bringing out the OTK boots and thrifted blazers! Have an awesome week.

  25. You rock mixed prints like nobody else!! Gorgeous!

  26. You rock that! Such a great statement piece.

  27. Beautiful pieces yet again ladies! Seriously those patterns just scream happy! Love it!

  28. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You always look so fabulous!

  29. The whole outfit is darling! Great patterns and bold colors.

  30. You both look great! I have been eyeing some fab prints for a while.

  31. Absolutely gorgeous! And totes jealous of your weather 😉

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